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Bacardi NH7 Weekender Date, Ticket, Lineup and Venue Details



Date: Oct 18-20
Venue: Laxmi Lawns, Next to Magarpatta City
Line Up:
Ankur Tewari, BLOT vs. Kohra, Blackstratblues, Chase & Status DJ Set, Devoid, Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator, Dualist Inquiry, Indian Ocean, Karsh Kale Collective + NH7 All Stars, Krunk All-Stars, Maati Baani, Midival Punditz (Live), Nischay Parekh, Nucleya, Papon & The East India Company, Parvaaz, Pentagram, Prateek Kuhad Collective, Scribe, Shankar Tucker, Simian Mobile Disco, Skindred, Sky Rabbit, Slow Club, Suman Sridhar feat. Jiver, Textures, The Raghu Dixit Project, Vachan Chinappa, Vir Das’ Alien Chutney, Your Chin


Date: Nov 23, 24
Venue: Embassy International Riding School
Line Up:
Dry the River, Kailasa, Lucky Ali, Mekaal Hasan Band, 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, _RHL

Delhi, NCR

Date: Nov 30, Dec 1
Venue: Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida
Line Up:
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, Baba Jas, Dubtron, Frame/Frame, Moniker, Soundclash, Swaggamuffin, Tarqeeb, The Grind, The Heatwave, YT, Ziggy the Blunt


Date: Dec 14,15
Venue: Ibiza Resort, Merlin Greens
Line Up:
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, 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, DJ Uri, EZ Riser, Reggae Rajahs, Sandunes, Smoke Signal, Sound Avtar, Yidam

Ticket Details:
Community Ticket: Rs 3000 The Community ticket is a three-day ticket available to anyone who has purchased tickets to any of our festivals (Bacardi NH7 Weekender, A Summer’s Day or Invasion), or is a registered user on NH7.in
Regular Ticket: Rs 3750 Valid for all three days
Under-21 Ticket: Rs 1750 (You qualify if you were born after Oct 1, 1992)

Pune + Bangalore : Rs 4500
Pune + Delhi : Rs 4500
Pune + Kolkata : Rs 4500
All Four Cities: Rs 6000. Buy tickets for 3 cities and get the 4th free. Not transferable.


Susheela Raman feat. Kutle Khan, Nathoo Lal Solanki (Rajasthan Roots) at Opus, Bangalore


As part of Opus’ Christmas Festival, a string of acts leading up to the festive season made for a great live music show. Susheela Raman – the acclaimed British-Tamil vocalist was performing with her producer Sam Mills on guitar, Kutle Khan on folk vocals and Nathoo Lal Solanki on the Nagada (percussion), the latter being from the Rajasthan Roots collective.

We landed up quite early (7:30 p.m.) for the show and the Christmas Carol Jazz collection that had started to play was a welcome change after having to sit through the soundcheck for what seemed like eternity. The rest of Bangalore smartly sashayed in well after 9:00 pm. One announcement and advertisement for the caricatures outside by Graphic Curry later, the band finally took to the stage at around 9:30 p.m.

Susheela Raman feat. Kutle Khan, Nathoo Lal Solanki (Rajasthan Roots) at Opus, Bangalore

Susheela and Sam Mills on a nice Takamine acoustic started the show with a track off her latest album Vel; heavily accentuated Tamil folk singing, with a mellow chord sustain and a loop station layer made for a very smoky, ethereal song. They moved onto ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ – a Bob Dylan reimagining that was intended to be asymmetric , which, for better or worse, was exactly the way it came across to my impatient and slightly ruffled hearing.

The next track was ‘Muthu Kumar  – the link leads to an alternate arrangement of the contemporary folk/fusion track that sounds way better than the bare sketch that the duo put on. Kutle made his very innocuous entry with his Khartaals (castanets) and some short Rajasthani folk alaaps.

Nathoo Lal made his presence known after he took to the stage with a blistering Nagada solo that literally “wowed” people as it led into the next song with all four artistes on stage. The crowd (the venue was packed like a market by now) found the primal percussion very esoteric and danceable, quite contrary to my first impression of the mixed audience.

Susheela Raman feat. Kutle Khan, Nathoo Lal Solanki (Rajasthan Roots) at Opus, Bangalore

Raise Up’ – clearly a crowd winner – was very energetic, very up-tempo but the best part, in my opinion, was opening up the door to Kutle Khan’s honest and hardworking Rajasthani folk vocals against Susheela’s rousing English lyrics and the tension within Sam’s frantic chords.

What happened next was interesting. They started off with an ancient  Tamil Chant ‘Blue Lily Red Lotus’ and then blended that with a Jimi Hendrix song – mind you, all of this is all vocally referenced with an obscure Ethiopian mode and a generous helping of multiple guitar effects. I was completely swept away by the substance, or the lack of it, that goes into re-working classics until Uday mentioned delicately that this was in fact  ‘Voodoo Child’. Apparently, there’s an entire album full of these cocktails under the title 33 ½.

Susheela Raman feat. Kutle Khan, Nathoo Lal Solanki (Rajasthan Roots) at Opus, Bangalore

Most music that one sees as “ungraspable” either means you don’t understand it yet, or that the musician hasn’t been able to understand it yet. Bending one too many genres in an attempt to remain “unstructured” whilst placing on it the elite robe of “free” (for lack of a better word) is a very fine line, either leaving the artist a joke in local circles or shortlisted for  prestigious international prizes.

For the most part of the show, the endings would compensate for the energy that fed the crowds.  Sam’s guitars were sombre but Kutle was outstanding in all his efforts. Halfway into the penultimate song, all Susheela had to murmur was “Stand up people” and everyone paid their whistle-podu respects to the drums of Nathoo Lal. A loud and thoroughly entertaining evening indeed!

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Fidel Dsouza

Fidel Dsouza is a Journalist/Editor at WTS


Rajasthan Roots At The Bflat Bar, Bangalore

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Dev Ambardekar

Dev is a music photographer based out of Bangalore. He has been documenting the music scene actively for almost two years during which he has shot several Indian bands and a handful international acts. His expertise ranges from multi-day music festivals to pub shows. While he is not behind the camera, Dev is an Architect and occasional writer. You can follow him at @DevAmbardekar.