Bacardi Weekender – Spud in the Box, Soulmate & Indus Creed

  • Date / Time: 10/03/2013 : 8:30 PM
  • Location: Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai
  • Address: Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, Mumbai, MH 400025,
  • Entry: Entry Rs 250 + Cover Rs 250


Spud in the Box is a six piece Alternative Pop-Rock band formed in March 2011 in Mumbai.

It involves the musical energies Zubin Bhathena on bass, Rohan Rajadhakshya on vocals and keyboards, Ankit Dayal on vocals and guitar, and Hartej Sawhney and Siddharth Talwar on guitars.

Concentrating on writing fresh original songs and creating a live show that exhilarates every single person in the audience is the general motto of the band. This has garnered them a large fan base over the last 2 years in Mumbai, along with many in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, and Pune as well. They have opened for some of the biggest acts in India like Indus Creed, Junkyard Groove and Raghu Dixit and have also opened for international artist, Norah Jones (at A Summer’s Day in Mumbai).

SitB has played at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2012 (Pune), the Revival of the Bandstand festival on two occasions, The M.A.D. Festival Ooty, the fifth edition of Live From The Console at Mehboob Studios, the Celebrate Bandra Festival, Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai, Hard Rock Cafe Delhi, Hard Rock Cafe Hyderabad, Hard Rock Cafe Pune, Cocoparra (Pune), The High Spirits Pune, Counter Culture (Bangalore), Opus (Bangalore), Sitara Studios (for Control Alt Delete 3) and several times at Blue Frog (Mumbai).

The band released its debut EP, titled ‘Attention Please’ in January , which has received a majority of positive reviews from around the country. The band now aims to spread their music, play to each and every soul in the continent and beyond, to garner a larger audience and release their debut album in the near future.

Inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the blues, blues rock, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk and R&B, Soulmate came together in Shillong, in February 2003 playing their first concert at the Roots Festival at the Water Sports Complex in Umiam. Since then the band has performed many concerts all over The Northeast as well as in different parts of India. Soulmate have played numerous gigs all over India as well as in Kathmandu, France, USA, Norway, and in Singapore.

Now –
Indus Creed are back! The trailblazers of the Indian rock movement return to form with their highly awaited new album. Self-produced by the studio (and live) veterans, and mixed by mixing genius Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2, Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, Porcupine Tree), Evolve will be released in the first quarter of 2012. Expect Uday Benegal, Mahesh Tinaikar, Zubin Balaporia, Rushad Mistry and Jai Row Kavi to break new frontiers with their high-on-energy/big-on-melody sound yet again. Tune it here for info on the album release and availability.

Then –
The story of Indian rock cannot be told without a mention of the country’s most iconic rock band. Uday Benegal (vocals), Mahesh Tinaikar (guitar), Mark Selwyn (bass), Jayesh Gandhi (guitar), Zubin Balaporia (keyboards) and Mark Menezes (drums) first came together in 1985. Then called Rock Machine, the guys had no mission or plan. Just an unflagging desire to play the music they loved. In the face of all reason (there was just one government-run TV channel and radio station, neither of which thought rock’n’roll to be particularly “cultural”) the band set out to do just that. It took blood, guts and a steely resolve to cut through the crap. It was just a matter of time before practically every college and concert promoter in the country wanted to book what had become India’s favourite band. The rest is history. They recorded three albums, won a bunch of awards and changed their name to Indus Creed. And in the process they inspired an entire generation to pick up an instrument and rock it out.

• Rock’n’Roll Renegade (Rock Machine)
• The Second Coming (Rock Machine)
• Indus Creed (Indus Creed)