With the myriad music festivals (Nh7 Weekender, Ragasthan, Jodhpur Riff, etc) and big gigs by international names that dotted our calendar in the past two months, the festive spirit only upped with the announcement of the upcoming Worme Fest.
An acronym for ‘World of Rock, Metal and Electronica’ (WORME), the fest aims to hunt and get into the spotlight some fresh, musical talent from across the country. And that is precisely what, says festival director Michael Khanna, sets WORME apart from the other musical jamborees.
“While everybody is lining up artist after artist and multiple stages with heavy weight performers, we want to discover fresh talent and not glorify the already established bands,” states Michael, and adds, “For us, it’s the new generation and the upcoming bands that matter.” The festival involves shortlisting of five bands with best original music at the four zonal cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore.
The finale of the WORME Fest will take place on December 14 and 15 in Delhi where one representative band from each zone will be playing alongside some heavyweights like the Raghu Dixit Project, Them Clones, Menwhopause, and more. “The finale will see a total of 30 artists playing – including big bands. Not because we are going the beaten path, but because we want these young musicians to learn and absorb from these seasoned artists,” reasons Michael.
Besides the finale, the four city gigs will have performances by the four selected bands as well as one popular band of that city. The Mumbai gig will be held on Tuesday (November 27) at Blue Frog, and will see city-based rock band Zedde take to stage.
And if you wonder whether it’s a genre based fest, Michael promptly explains, “No, it’s not a genre specific thing. But we refrain from pop, hip hop and Bollywood music since it’s been done to death already. Apart from that, we promote all kinds of music — rock, jazz, folk, metal, electronica...”