Ziro Music Festival – All that you wanted to know

by Aug 19, 2018Arunachal, Festivals

Imagine yourself in sitting on stretches of green fields and listening to some mind-blowing music. Well, this is Ziro Music Festival for you! The Ziro Music Festival or Ziro Festival of Music (as it is officially called) is one of the greatest outdoor music festivals of India hosted by the friendly Apatani tribe of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh. And it is four days of unadulterated music, art, culture and fun.

Founded in 2012 by Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty, the Ziro Music Festival has been a platform for several northeast Indian performers to showcase their talent. Initially, it was a fest celebrated among the local music enthusiasts. However, gradually people heard about the fun and crazy ambience of the place and could not remain oblivious to the musical thrill it had to offer. Now the Ziro Festival of Music (ZFM) brings together some of the best musical talents of India in front of a cool crowd who loves music. The Ziro Music Festival has become an ultimate destination for like-minded people for whom travel and music play a major role.

Nestled in the vast serene Ziro Valley, the Hong village is the venue for this 4 days musical extravaganza. The venue is the vast expanse of the Ziro valley where wooden stages are put up during the festival. Art, decorations, food and fun dominate the beautiful landscape these four days. The ZFM has two stages – the Danyii stage where the musicians perform during the morning. The second one is the Pillo stage, which is the main stage, and performances are in the evening.

ZFM is just the place for the music aficionados. From folk and experimental music from the northeastern states, the venue is the performing grounds for musicians all around the globe. Sufi music and Qawwali from Rajasthan, alternative rock from Italy and Chennai, hip-hop, blues, indie folks – you can literally get high on music. Music enthusiasts like Lou Majaw, The Vinyl Records, Tank Bund, Omak Komut collective, We the Giants, The Ska Vengers, etc. are just a few amongst the ocean of artists performing here. Unlike a few other places, at ZFM, you only get high on music. Drugs are strictly prohibited in the festival venue.

Ziro Music Festival is a place to get acquainted with some great music, a perfect place to chill and most importantly, a place where you get to meet a number of like-minded people. Ziro is not an easy place to reach. But those who meet here forge a friendship of a lifetime. Music and travel are bringing people closer. So what are you waiting for? Visit the Ziro Festival of Music for an experience of a lifetime.

Ground Ziro: Where exactly is Ziro?

Ziro is the district headquarters of Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. Located at a height of 5800 ft ASL, Ziro is the home to the Apatani tribes. With sweeping landscapes plush with greenery in the land of the dawn-lit mountains, the Ziro Valley has been proposed for the World Heritage Site status.

How to Reach Ziro?

By Air: The nearest international airport is Guwahati. Fly into Guwahati, either take an overnight train to Naharlagun or do the road trip to Ziro from Guwahati.

By Rail: The nearest railhead is Naharlagun. There is an overnight train from Guwahati to Naharlagun. Once you reach there, it is a 4 hours drive to Ziro. But remember, train tickets are booked quite in advance during the ZFM.

By Road: Direct buses to Ziro are available from Guwahati, Itanagar and North Lakhimpur.

Where to stay during the Ziro Music Festival?

There are many homestays, hotels and camping arrangements in Ziro during the festival.

The best part, however, is that if you have your own camping equipment, then you can stay at the BYOT (Bring Your Own Tent) Section of the venue.

Do I need a special Permit to visit Ziro Music Festival / ZFM?

Indians need Inner Line Permit (ILP) and foreigners need Protected Area Permit (PAP) to enter Arunachal Pradesh.

You can get ILP online here. Or you can get your ILP at Resident Tourism Office, Arunachal Bhawan at Delhi,  Assam Paryatan building in Guwahati, Guwahati International Airport, Naharlagun railway station or at the Arunachal Bhawan at Kolkata.

PAP can be obtained from All Indian Missions abroad, All Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO) at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chief Immigration Officer, Chennai, Home Ministry, Govt. of India and Home Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.

Food at the Ziro Music Festival

There are many food and beverage stalls inside and outside the festival venue selling local cuisines as well as burgers and sausages. There will be a well-stocked festival bar selling beers and spirits. Many stalls also stock fresh local wines and rice beer. The rice beer is a must-try item at Ziro. You are not allowed to carry your alcohol inside the venue.

Where is the closest ATM from the Ziro Music Festival?

The closest ATM is about half hour away from the festival.

How will be the weather during the Ziro Music Festival?

The weather will definitely be pleasing here. It will be slightly nippy at night and when the sun comes out, a tee shirt will do good.

You must carry umbrella or rain jacket because it usually rains during the festival. Carrying a sweatshirt is also highly recommended.

Carrying a gumboot can also be beneficial. If you want to get gumboots, get it from Guwahati itself.

Where Can I get tickets for Ziro Music festival / ZFM?

You can get tickets for the Ziro Music festival here. It is recommended to book your tickets well in advance and also your accommodations. The tickets will cost you INR 5000 per head while the early bird tickets will cost you INR 4000 per head.

The festival ticket includes entry to the festival venue on the days specified. All other facilities like travel, accommodation, food will have to be bought separately. For BYOT also, you need to book your BYOT slots.

Dates of Ziro Music Festival 2018

This year Ziro Music Festival is held from 27 to 30 September. It will be 4 days of pure music with 40 performances in front of around 6000!

Ziro Music Festival

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Amrita & Agni

Amrita & Agni

Travel Blogger & Writer

We are Agni & Amrita, who loves to explore the offbeat and wild. Our travel escapades and adventures have brought us to Northeast India time and again. While the vistas, culture, cuisines, tribes and festivals of the place intrigues and amazes us, we wish to bring Northeast India closer to the rest of the country through our written and visual stories.


  1. Cassie

    Wow, never heard of this one! It looks like a blast though 🙂

  2. Shreya Saha

    I have planning for Arunachal Pradesh since long, and I guess I must plan my dates according to the ZMF next year. This is a great blog. You have nicely detailed about the festival. I don’t usually come across blogs on ZMF. Thanks for the share.

  3. Nancie

    ZMF sounds like the perfect travel destination for music lovers. I went to a rainforest music festival (sorry the name escapes me) a few years ago and enjoyed every moment.

  4. Kristie

    Sounds like a fun event for music lovers! The rain would make it even more of an adventure. 🙂 I went to a few festivals like this in the US when I was younger, and they were memorable experiences

  5. Julz

    I love music festivals, always such a great atmosphere! This looks like an awesome one! Great post with tons of tips.

  6. Nives

    I’ve never heard of this one and I’m a huge fan of music festival. Thanks for introducing this one! 🙂

  7. Renata - www.byemyself.com

    Never heard of this, but it sounds very nice. I only know that there are huge festivals going on in Goa – but I’m not the big party animal, anyways.

  8. Alexander Popkov

    Lovely. Very different styles and by the looks of things a fantastic atmosphere. I love music festivals if the sound is good. (many times they just don’t make it well). I would love to visit this festival if I am in India.

  9. Sumita Anand

    Very nice article on ZFM. Compiled very well 🙂


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