If you’re a newbie to music festivals and want to experience one and know how it feels but are confused about which one to choose, you are at the right place.
WARM WELCOME TO ZIRO
Also called as the Woodstock of the East, ZFM lets you camp and stay cosily for all those who want to immerse in the festival. Four days of overflowing rice wine, late night after parties and a lot of friendship brewing between the crowds and the artists. Who wants to miss that!
While starting the journey to the venue, you are bound to meet interesting travellers from all corners. The train from Guwahati takes you to Naharlagun, en route you’re going to find your fellow attendees of the ZFM and that can be your start of making new acquaintances with adventure seekers.
You’ll experience a drizzling welcome at the Naharlagun Station.
This will be followed by sharing a Sumo ride with another lot of friends heading to the ZFM.
On your way you’ll be mesmerized by the scenic beauty of the valleys and waterfalls.
After all this, a warm cloudy welcome to Ziro awaits you. It’s an awing feeling to watch the installations, stage and camps being set up for the fest.
FESTIVAL CAMP SITE
From accommodation to food to artists, ZFM caters everything you want at a music festival. You can choose camping accommodation at Kite Manja at the festival ground and other campsites.
JAMMING AT KITE MANJA
There are warm bonfires lit during the after parties every night and you’ll find yourself gravitating towards it and joining the drink sessions and songs and all that jazz.
AFTER PARTY WITH LOCALS
It’s a different experience to just lay on nature’s own amphitheatre made of three green hills and watch the artists doing their best.
VIEW FROM THE TENT
Everything at the ZFM is eco-friendly. Bamboo is preferably used as a material for installation of the stage, stalls and benches and as glasses at the festival.
BAMBOO ARTIST INSTALLATIONS
There is in fact an Apatani Youth Association (AYA) that proactively monitors responsible travellers and preserves the indigenous heritage. The Ziro Valley Resort‘s public washrooms was super utilised by the campers and the Festival Campsite this year was managed by ever so helpful Karishma of Tour De Himalaya.
Food stalls and shops are always there to fill your tummy cravings.
PORK BURGER WITH BACON
The Food Truck that served smoked pork hot dogs,
SMOKED PORK HOT DOG
Sugar by Ann for cupcakes, carols and red velvets.
CARROT CUPCAKE AT SUGAR BY ANN
Apong-Arunachal’s very own rice wine served in Bamboo glasses.
Some quirky appetizers ranging from snails to grasshoppers to smoked froggies that serve as the best chakna with Apong.
Another perk about ZFM is that you get to befriend artists even before they’ve performed.
SEE YOU WHEN I SEE YOU WITH ANTOINE
You’ll be drowned by the amount of energy the dancing crowd creates. Jamming to Howey Howey with Abiogenesis, Yeh Mera Bombay with Divine, Farekama with Dawda and Mahodev with Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express, you’ll love it all.
SHYE BEN TZUR PERFORMING
You can’t help but dance with the locals on Daminda-The Apatani Folksong.
SELFIE DANCING ON DAMIN DA
From clicking embarrassing selfies to making impromptu lyrics with the campers, making the whole of north east your friends and getting travel suggestions from Gul Panag, you’ll regret and wish you recorded it all.
SELFIE WITH LOCAL GIRLS
You could go crazy on the trampoline
GIRLS JUMPING ON TRAMPOLINE
Or be a kid again and playing with soap bubbles
BLOWING SOAP BUBBLES
Or play some basketball and football with cute little kids.
After all this fun and orgasm on music, you’re bound to hate the Monday blues like you never have. These four days will surely mark fantastic memories for life and brew friendships deeper than your chuddy buddies.
Like we always say, Live ’em Moments.