Martin Elbourne, Vijay Nair and Stephen Budd put on the inaugural edition of the festival from December 10–12 in 2010 at Koregaon Park, Pune.
In 2012, the festivals were also held in New Delhi and Bangalore and Kolkata was added in 2013.
It is organized by Only Much Louder's festival division and was voted "India's best music festival" by CNNGo in 2011. The festival started off with a very basic idea that people who love different genres of music or love all can come together at one festival.
This festival is actually a part of the famous Wacken Open Air that takes place annually in Wacken, Germany.
BOA was first held in 2012 which consisted of Indian bands Albatross, Bevar Sea, 1833 AD, Eccentric Pendulum, Kryptos, Theorized and Dying Embrace.
Co-headlined by German Folk Metallers, Suidakra and was headlined by the German Thrash giants, Kreator.
The festival was also started because of lack Indian festivals that concentrate on non-Bollywood music.
The festival has also seen its share of international performances, some of which include Chase & Status (DJ Set) , Megadeth , Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Benga, MUTEMATH, Simian Mobile Disco, Dry the River, Buraka Som Sistema, NOISIA, Karnivool, Testament, Meshuggah, Textures, Periphery, Michal Menert (Pretty Lights Music), Fink, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation), Bombay Bicycle Club, Tesserac T, Skyharbor, Asian Dub Foundation, Hexstatic, Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), The Magic Numbers, Imogen Heap, and many more.
For more details about the festival, visit - Open Air is the first ever festival to take place in India that is pure, 100% Metal.
Yes, other festivals do have metal bands, but also have artists from other genres as well.
India has started hosting major music festivals & concerts ranging form underground metal bands to the most popular artists in the world.
Here is a list of some of the largest & best festivals that you must attend if you love live music.