Live music has a way of connecting with your soul that recorded mp3s just can’t do. When you listen to a live band perform, you get to feel the rhythms being generated and every atom in your body vibrates at that rhythm. You feel the energy and you communicate with the musician your own energy. It’s an experience like no other. In recent years, the number of places that play live music has gone up all over India. And this is not just two guys on synthesizer and guitar, playing old bollywood classics in elevator music style. These are creative and energetic musicians who’ll take you places you didn’t know you could go. Delhi has some really great places to listen to live music. Here are 6 of the most awesome places in Delhi to listen to live music.
6. Downstairs at Zo
Downstairs at Zo is a quaint little space underneath the restaurant called Zo in Hauz Khas Village. The restaurant is a Mediterranean style restaurant that is popular for its Italian cuisine. Just below the restaurant is Downstairs at Zo where many great live acts are hosted every week. It’s a small space but they have their own PA and a dedicated stage area which makes it a very intimate show.
Zorba is a unique entertainment space where live music is hosted along with food and drinks to make for a complete party. It is located on MG Road in Sultanpur. They encourage unknown musicians from all parts of the world by giving them a platform. All genres of music are appreciated here from rock, jazz, blues, folk, fusion, sufi and world music. Parikrama, Barefaced Liar etc. are regulars at Zorba.
4. Kitty Su
If electronic and trance music is more up your ally then Kitty Su is a great place to dance the night away. It is located in The LaLit in Connaught Place and hosts some of the best DJs from India and around the world. This is the best place in Delhi for the revival of the electronic dance music genre. It hosts artists such as Pete Tong, Steve Aoki, Zedd, TocaDisco, Omnia etc. Keep in mind that it is only open 3 days a week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
3. Out of the Box
Out of the Box has two branches, one at Khan Market and the other at Hauz Khas. Just as their name suggests, go here for some alternative outside the box music and dining experience. They host many local artists, DJs and acoustic bands also. Gravy Train, Reggae Rajahs, Moniker, Ziggy B, Negra Pradera etc. are some of the artists you can hope to find at Out of the Box. The low lighting open air terrace and the alternative music really makes for a unique experience of listening to live music.
2. Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock Café is one of the most popular live music clubs in the world. This chain has so many great clubs in many countries of the world. The great thing is that they continue to promote local artists despite being an international chain. Hard Rock Café Delhi is located in the DLF Place in Saket. They even host DJs and promote all kind of music but are best known for head banging heavy rock. The 7500 square foot space can seat 200 guests and have enough room for a stage for the musicians. You can find most of the big bands of India at Hard Rock Café and even international acts show up from time to time.
blueFROG is India’s answer to Hard Rock Café. It started off in Mumbai and now has more branches including the one in Mehrauli in Delhi. They are known for not preferring any one genre of music and have hosted a wide variety of artists from international big wigs to up and coming local acts. You can get any type of music experience that you want at blueFROG, from DJs to Sufi to rock to jazz. They also serve Asian, Italian, European and Mediterranean cuisine.