Music festivals: In search of the vibe
There’s been a music festival every other weekend during the last couple of months, and they’re all selling not just music, but a ‘scene’
At SulaFest 2015 in Nashik, you had to watch the live bands through a tangle of flowers and hair. Flower crowns have become an essential at music festivals. Young girls wear them in numbers that suggest there is a fear that not doing so will preclude them from fully imbibing the “vibe" the festival has promised to create. Flowers in the hair goes back to 1960s beat culture, of course. “Flower power" was a poignant anti-war symbol. Hippies at festivals such as Woodstock would gather flowers and fashion them into tiaras to emphasize their closeness to nature and rejection of materialism. At SulaFest, synthetic flower crowns sold for up to ₹ 850.