The first Rock 'N India festival was held on March 14, 2008. It included Indian bands such as Keinan and Sai, in addition to heavy metal headliners such as Megadeth and Machine Head. Over 14,700 people attended, many more than expected. The festival used two separate stages: "Stage A", the main stage for the headline acts, and the smaller "Stage B" for the opening bands. Rock 'N India was the first Indian rock festival to have an air guitar contest podium. The headlining act by Megadeth was criticized for poor sound quality.
Iron Maiden headlined the second festival on February 15, 2009, as part of the last leg of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour. This was the band's third visit to the subcontinent, having held the first concert of this tour, as well as a performance on the last leg of their A Matter Of Life And Death Tour, in Bangalore. The 2009 festival had attractions similar to those of the previous year, with the addition of a tattoo bar and an exhibition by the Force India Formula 1 team. The festival promoter was criticized for not making tickets available outside of Bangalore; this move was cited as a major cause for the event's low ticket sales compared to its predecessor. An estimated 17,000 people attended, down from the 40,000 that came to their first appearance in Bangalore in 2007. To compound the issues, the festival promoters were unable to get licenses for pyrotechnics and smoke machines.
The festival took place in Bangalore on October 30 and was headlined by heavy metal band Metallica., supported by Scottish band Biffy Clyro. This was Metallica's first performance in India. The Indian bands Guillotine and Inner Sanctum also performed. Attendance for the event was reported at around 29,000. Earlier it had been reported that the 2011 Rock 'N India would not take place. DNA Networks reportedly suffered in 2010 because of the losses .