2019 has been a great year for the music industry. With tens of big-budget acts gracing Indian stages, fans got what they wanted, to see their favorite artists play live. Artists from various genres have performed in India this year and the number can only be seen increasing henceforth. While India has witnessed artists such as Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Metallica, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, Enrique Iglesias etc in the past, check out our top 20 list of international artists from 2019 and check how many were you able to catch live.
U2, the Irish rock band from Dublin finished ‘The Joshua Tree Tour 2019’ in Mumbai on December 15th. This was their first-ever show in the country and their fans were as excited as could be.
Magic! is a Canadian reggae fusion band from Toronto. They were the headlining act for IIT Bombay’s festival; Mood Indigo 2019. They made their debut in India on December 28th.
This Irish rock band performed for the first time in India at Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Pune, the happiest music festival in November.
4. Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex, an American dream pop, shoegaze, ambient pop band performed twice in Mumbai in July 2019 at the Royal Opera House. However, in 2017 as well, they were the headlining act at Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Pune.
5. Marty Friedman
Marty is an American guitarist, known for being the lead guitarist for metal band, Megadeath. He performed at Bacardi NH7 Weekender, in Meghalaya in November.
Karnivool is a progressive metal band from Australia. They performed at Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Meghalaya in November.
Intervals is a Canadian, progressive instrumental metal band who performed in November at Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Meghalaya.
8. Nick Murphy (Chet Faker)
Nick Murphy, formerly known as Chet Faker is an Australian singer and songwriter. He performed in December at Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Pune.
9. Katy Perry
Katy Perry is an American pop singer and songwriter. This pop-music sensation returned to India after seven years. She performed in Mumbai at the One Plus Music Festival in November.
10. Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa, an English singer, songwriter, and model made her debut performance in India alongside pop singer Katy Perry at the One Plus Music Festival in Mumbai in November.
Opeth is a Swedish progressive metal band from Stockholm. The band made their debut in India in 2009 and then performed soon in 2012 as well. However, they came after seven long years to perform at Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Pune this year.
Plini is an Australian instrumental and progressive rock guitarist and songwriter. He made his debut in 2018 and then came back for a 5-city tour in India in 2019. He performed at Vh1 supersonic in Pune, and at venues in Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and New Delhi.
13. Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He made his debut in India in 2017 and came back in 2018 as well and did a two-city tour in Mumbai and New Delhi in 2019.
14. Jacob Collier
Jacob is an English multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, arranger as well as a producer. This was the first time, this Grammy award-winning musician, come to India. He performed two sold-out shows in Mumbai.
15. Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and producer. He made a two-city debut tour with shows in Mumbai and New Delhi in August.
16. Maribou State
Maribou State is an English electronic music duo. They performed at the Magnetic Fields festival in December along with various other cities such as New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Pune.
Jungle is an English modern soul music collective. They were the headlining act at the Sula Fest 2019.
Hubris is a Swiss post-rock band and has a deeply immersive, spaced-out instrumental sound that revels in movements of electronic music-informed layers. They debuted with a five-city India tour to cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, and Hyderabad in December.
Tesseract is a British progressive metal band. The band performed for the fourth time in India in February this year in Mumbai and Bangalore.
EarthGang is an American hip hop duo. The duo made their debut performance at Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Pune.