The first Rock 'N India festival was held on March 14, 2008. It included Indian bands along with heavy metal headliners such as Megadeth and Machine Head. The attendance of over 14,700 exceeded expectations. 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 15 February 2009 as part of the last leg of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour. It was the band's third visit to the subcontinent; they had previously visited India on the last leg of their A Matter Of Life And Death Tour and the first concert on the opening leg of the Somewhere Back In Time World Tour. 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. DNA Networks, the festival promoter, was criticized for not making tickets available anywhere outside Bangalore. This was seen as the primary reason for relatively low ticket sales. Attendance was estimated at around 17,000, in contrast to the 40,000 in 2007 when Iron Maiden first played in Bangalore. Furthermore, the festival promoters were unable to get licenses for pyrotechnics or smoke machines, thereby limiting the visual impact of Iron Maiden's stage production.
Parikrama (band) Kryptos
Abraxas (MTV Campus Rock Idols Edition 5 winner)
Abraxas consisted of Gaurav Tiwari on Lead Guitars, Akhilesh on keyboards, Sara Kelly on bass and Prabuddha Kanjilal on Drums and Violin. It used to be a tight heavy metal band during then playing mostly inspired from the Classical Hard Rock Genre. Abraxas's music was hugely inspired by British Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden.
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 .