The fourth edition of a relatively young Indian music festival, Bacardi NH7 Weekender, is just around corner. The festival that caters to the music audience for alternative and indie music, locally and globally sourced, attempts to mark India's musical landscape.
With live music performances from a motley crew of over 200 bands, traversing multiple genres, this year's festival sets stage for a fascinating musical experience. Organised across four cities—Pune, Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata—this travelling festival will be held over the next three months. A flagship event of Only Much Louder (OML), a firm that works in the area of music and alternative lifestyle cultures, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender was born out of the NH7 online music portal that features Indian and global indie music artists, including the NH7 radio.
Vijay Nair, founder CEO of OML, explains, “We started Bacardi NH7 Weekender for music lovers across the country to be able experience what a true music festival is like. There's a lot of really great bands this year from our headliners like Chase & Status DJ Set, and Karsh Kale Collective + NH7 All Stars. When we programme bands, it's a combination of acts that people love, as well as we bands for them to discover - acts that they might never have seen or heard before but would love.”
He further adds, “There's a lot more art this year as well, a bazaar with fun, quirky products, and of course some great food.”
The much-awaited music festival will kick off in Pune from October 18 to 20, where popular Indian bands such as Indian Ocean, Pentagram, Vir Das' Alien Chutney, Sky Rabbit, along with other music artists will be performing.
This will be followed by the Bangalore festival on November 23 and 24 that will feature famous Indian artists like Kailasa, Lucky Ali, Raghu Dixit project apart from usual suspects that tread the contemporary music scene in the country.
The party will then move to Delhi NCR on November 30 and December 1, and finally conclude at Kolkata on December 14 and 15. With only 9000 spots, ticket are fast clearing; to book your spot, visit the NH7 website.
Last year's event round-up:
Here's a tentative line up of the artist playing at the events:
Pune: Ankur Tewari, BLOT vs. Kohra, Big City Harmonics, Blackstratblues, Castles In The Sky, Chase & Status DJ Set, Deadly Hunta, Devoid, Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator, Dualist Inquiry, Frame/Frame, Func, Humble The Poet, Indian Ocean, Johnny B, Karsh Kale Collective + NH7 All Stars, Krunk All-Stars, Maati Baani, Midival Punditz (Live), Nischay Parekh, Nucleya, OX7GEN, Papon & The East India Company,Paralights, Parvaaz, Pentagram, Prateek Kuhad Collective, Reggae Rajahs, Reji, Ruskin, SICKFLIP, Scribe, Shankar Tucker, Simian Mobile Disco, Simple Sample, Skindred, Sky Rabbit, Slow Club, Su-Real, Suman Sridhar feat. Jiver, Textures, The Raghu Dixit Project, TripShot Crew, Vachan, Vir Das' Alien Chutney, and Your Chin.
Bangalore: Dry the River, Kailasa, Lucky Ali, Mekaal Hasan Band, Fusion, The Manganiyar Seduction by Roysten Abel, The Raghu Dixit Project, Krunk All-Stars, Noisia, Nucleya, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) Solo DJ set, Shaa'ir + Func, And So I Watch You from Afar, Bevar Sea, Inner Sanctum, Karsh Kale Collective + NH7 All Stars, TesseracT, The Fender Benders, Nischay Parekh, Prateek Kuhad, Sulk Station, Zervas & Pepper, Bobby Friction, Cali P & Chiqui Dubs, Dakta Dub, DJ Uri, EZ Riser, Low Rhyderz, Pippin, Poirier, Reggae Rajahs, Sound Avtar, Dub, _RHL.
Delhi NCR: Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Dry the River, Faridkot, Kailasa, Lucky Ali, Mekaal Hasan Band, Noori, Benga, Kill Paris, Michal Menert, Nucleya, Sandunes, Shiva Soundsystem, And So I Watch You from Afar, J.Viewz, Karsh Kale Collective + NH7 All Stars, Meshuggah, MUTEMATH, Scribe, SundogProject, The Ska Vengers, Arooj Aftab, Dhruv Visvanath, Nischay Parekh, Prateek Kuhad Collective, Rajasthan Roots, Zervas & Pepper, BabaJas, Dubtron, Frame/Frame, Moniker, Soundclash, Swaggamuffin,Tarqeeb, The Grind, The Heatwave, YT, and Ziggy the Blunt.
Kolkata: Indian Ocean, Kailasa, Papon & The East India Company, PINKNOISE, Soulmate, Swarathma, The Raghu Dixit Project, Arjun Vagale presents Re:Focus, Bay Beat Collective, BLOT vs. Kohra, Dualist Inquiry Band, Michal Menert, Nucleya, Drum & Bass, The Ska Vengers, Demonic Resurrection, Digital Suicide, Ganesh Talkies, Karsh Kale Collective + NH7 All Stars, Parikrama, Pentagram, Textures, Undying Inc, Zero, Girish Pradhan, Nischay Parekh, Prateek Kuhad, Tajdar Junaid, Vir Das' Alien Chutney, AlgoRhythm, BASSFoundation, David Boomah, Delhi Sultanate and Begum X, Blues, DJ Uri, EZ Riser, Reggae Rajahs, Sandunes, Smoke Signal, Sound Avtar, and Yidam.