Strawberry Fields is National Law School of India University's (NLSIU) annual music festival. For the past 20 years, Strawberry Fields has been championing the cause of aspiring musicians all over the country by giving them a platform to showcase their talent in front of thousands of music enthusiasts. Set on a lush field of grass in Bangalore's otherwise quiet suburb of Nagarbhavi, bands from all over the country battle it out over the course of three days to take home the highest honour there is.
Rated as India's 'Best College Rock Festival' by the Rock Street Journal, it is India's biggest grassroots music competition in India for amateur and semi-professional bands. The format of the show is simple and spread across three days. During the first two days, 40 participating bands battle it out to reach the finals, followed by special acts by some established bands. Day Three sees the best 5 participating bands in India competing to win the prestigious title of Winners of Strawberry Fields, after which the stage is graced by our headliners. In the past we have had the privilege of being hosts to bands of the calibre of The Raghu Dixit Project, Sky Rabbit, Parikrama, Skyharbor, Inner Sanctum, Swarathma, and Bhayanak Maut.
STATE OF THE ART EQUIPMENT
In spite of being synonymous with the Indie music scene in India, Strawberry Fields boasts of using the latest and the most cutting edge equipment that is available on the market today, using the same equipment for our bands that has been used in concerts of various international artists like Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Bryan Adams, Black Eyed Peas, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden and Sting.
STRAWBERRY FIELDS: LEGACY
Throughout its history, Strawberry Fields has provided bands with the opportunity to play their own music in front of a crowd of thousands, on a set-up which is at par with international standards. In the midst of all this, new talent is discovered. The show has served as a launch pad for some of India's finest bands, including Thermal and a Quarter, Motherjane, Junkyard Groove, Bhayanak Maut, Kryptos, Slain, Mindsnare, Pin Drop Violence, Demonic Resurrection and Galeej Gurus to name a few.
For any upcoming band in India, there is no greater honour than winning Strawberry Fields and for any established band in India, there is no greater pride than in returning to the 'Fields of Sound', where they first got their break, and owning the stage once more like they did years ago.
RAHUL CHERIAN -
THE MAN BEHIND SF
21 years ago, in a time and place when only musical stalwarts with years of public validation behind them could command a platform to perform, a 22-year old law student conceived and brought into being, a music festival that created a platform for the expression of diverse grassroots level music to music enthusiasts in Bangalore.
This student was Rahul Cherian- a man who conceptualized the festival we know as Strawberry Fields today, who was not only a trailblazer in the independent music scene but also in the realm of disability rights advocacy, who was a rock star, in every which way. To Strawberry Fields, he will always be a founding father, the one whose vision started it all, whose passion for original music clearly marked the contours of the show and gave it a voice; a voice much like his own, that spoke up for upcoming artists, for discerning music fans, for the love of music.
Rahul succumbed to an illness in 2013. In honour and memory of someone who lives on in our hearts and in the timeless institutions he created, the winning band at Strawberry Fields receives the Rahul Cherian Award for Best Band every year.
National Law School of India University is India's premier legal institution. Despite being only 29 years old, it has firmly consolidated its position at the top as the leader in the field of legal education. Around 50,000 aspirants write the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) across in India in a bid to gain admission into the most prestigious legal institution in the country. NLSIU strives hard to inculcate in its students the ability to develop skills not just with regards to advocacy and legal reform, but also with a temperament that encourages literary and cultural pursuits. Keeping this purpose in mind, the Event Management Committee of NLSIU has been organising Strawberry Fields for the last 20 years and continues to do so with great vigour.