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NH7 Weekender Line Up Announced
This year, the “Happiest music festival” will see performances by some of the most exciting artists from India and around the world. The fifth edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender returns this November with a huge lineup of some incredible artists from India and around the world. This year, over 100 artists will play on six different stages at the Bacardi NH7 Weekenders four editions – November 1-2 in Kolkata, November 8-9 in Bangalore, November 21-23 in Pune and November 29-30 in Delhi.
Speaking about this years Bacardi NH7 Weekender lineup, Only Much Louder’s CEO Vijay Nair says, Preparing the lineup of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender is one of the most fun creative processes in the run up of the festival. It is also one of the most challenging. Achieving the right balance of exciting international live performers, one-night-only festival sets, acts that people will discover and fall in love with after catching them live at the festival, and unmissable Indian artists is really important to creating the perfect festival experience. And this year, I think weve managed to strike that balance really well.”
After a successful pre-sale of tickets that sold out in a matter of hours, regular tickets for the festival will be available on Insider.in on Friday, August 22. Fans can gain access to special Community pricing (a significant discount on regular ticket prices) by signing up to the Bacardi NH7 Weekender Community on NH7.in/Weekender. Community registrations will be open for a limited time only.
From critically-acclaimed international headliners, to homegrown musical heroes, this years Bacardi NH7 Weekender lineup has something for all sorts of discerning music lovers. Classic Bacardi NH7 Weekender stages like the Bacardi Arena and The Dewarists return, while recent additions like the Red Bull Tour Bus and this years home of electronic music, mmx.beat, will also host some incredible live performances.
English indie rockers The Vaccines will play their first ever live shows in India at the Pune and Delhi editions of the festival this year. After releasing a critically-acclaimed debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? in 2011 (incidentally, the best-selling debut album in the UK that year), the bands 2012 follow-up Come of Age charted at #1 on the UK charts upon its release. Theyve toured and performed extensively with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arctic Monkeys and other huge global rock acts.
American heavy metal superstars Fear Factory will also be Bacardi NH7 Weekender debutants in Pune and Delhi. A band that has inspired countless young Indian metal acts, Fear Factory have had a long, successful career spanning eight studio albums, the most recent being 2012s The Industrialist, with a new studio release planned for 2014 as well. The band has performed at festivals around the world and for many Indian metal fans, these two gigs have been a long time coming.
Valiant US rockers MUTEMATH return to the Bacardi NH7 Weekender after an unforgettable headlining performance at the Delhi edition of the festival in 2013. This year, the band will play the Kolkata and Bangalore editions of the festival, bringing their irresistible energy and unique brand of alternative rock to these cities for he first time. Beloved by rock fans all over, MUTEMATH have released three studio albums and have performed at festivals around the world.
In her decade-long career Sarah Blasko, a singer-songwriter hailing from Sydney, Australia, has released four acclaimed solo albums (I Awake, As Day Follows Night, What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have and The Overture & The Underscore). Sarah has composed music for film, theatre and dance, and mesmerised audiences with her stunning live shows across most of Europe, North America and Australia. Her most recent album tour for I Awake was her most ambitious, the highlight being two sold out concerts with a 45 piece orchestra at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Sarah is currently writing her fifth solo album and this is her first time performing in India – she will perform at the Kolkata and Bangalore editions of the festival.
British singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh emerged on the global music scene when he was announced as part of the BBCs Sound of 2014 longlist. Inspired by the likes of Damien Rice and Ryan Adams, Sital-Singh released his debut album, The Fire Inside, earlier this month. He will perform at the Pune and Delhi editions of the festival.
Garba Touré, Aliou Touré, Oumar Touré and Nathanael Dembélé comprise Songhoy Blues, a rock band from Mali. The band plays, as The Guardian describes it, raucous guitar anthems dedicated to peace and reconciliation. Having cut their teeth in Bamakos club scene, the band recently rounded up a bunch of shows in the UK and will make their first visit to India performing at the Pune and Delhi editions of the festival.
Pakistani electronic music producer Talal Qureshi has been creating music since 2007. His unique electronic sensibilities have earned him praise from the likes of BBC Asian Networks Bobby Friction (himself a performer at the festival in previous years). Qureshis debut EP, Equator, was released in 2012 and highlighted his immense talent and unique approach to electronic beat-making.
Australian indie rockers Cloud Control shot into the global indie music spotlight with their critically-acclaimed 2013 album Dream Cave. They exist in a dreamy, organic soundscape that has earned them much praise and seen them perform alongside the likes of Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and 2010 Bacardi NH7 Weekender alumni The Magic Numbers. Cloud Control will play the Kolkata and Bangalore editions of the festival.
English producer Jon Hopkins started his career playing keyboards for Imogen Heap (who played the 2011 edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender). He has produced or contributed to albums from the likes of Brian Eno and Coldplay, while his own brand of electronic music is an ambient soundscape of organic elements and exquisite compositions. It is this attention to detail in composition that has seen him soundtrack films such as Peter Jacksons The Lovely Bones alongside Brian Eno and Leo Abrahams, 2010s indie hit Monsters, and 2013s How I Live Now. Hopkins will play at the Bangalore edition of the festival.
Formed in 2007, Dinosaur Pile-Up are an English alternative rock band who broke out of the thriving Leeds rock scene of the time and instantly drew favourable comparisons to the cream of ’90s US college rock. Founded originally as a solo project by songwriter and frontman Matt Bigland, the lineup is completed by drummer Mike Sheils and bassist Jim Cratchley. Named after Matt saw the scene in Peter Jacksons remake of King Kong where a stampede of dinosaurs pile up at the foot of a mountain, DPU put out their first official release, The Most Powerful E.P In The Universe, in 2009 and have gone on to record two studio albums, 2010s Growing Pains and 2013s Nature Nurture. The band will play the Pune and Delhi editions of the festival.
Sachal Jazz Ensemble
An international jazz music collaboration led by Pakistan’s Sachal Jazz Ensemble will perform at Delhi edition of the festival this year. They have topped charts around the globe as a world-class jazz ensemble, while braving threats and intimidation and breathing new life into the dying cultural traditions of Pakistan. Hand-picked from a lost generation of classical musicians who used to play in Lahores once-flourishing Lollywood film industry, the Sachal Studios Orchestra has made its name with innovative and irresistible interpretations of well-loved jazz standards. Little wonder theyve been called Pakistans Buena Vista Social Club, and Lahores answer to the Blues Brothers.
A savoury blend of New Jersey and New Delhi, US indie pop act Goldspot have plenty of fans in India. Siddharth Khoslas band has been described by the Los Angeles Times Magazine as A hint of George Harrison at his transcendental best. The bands music has appeared on several popular TV series and films. Their latest album Aerogramme was released in 2013. The band will play the Pune and Delhi editions of the festival.
US indie rockers Motopony are a band built on a bedrock of contrasts and the gorgeous alchemy of seemingly conflicted sounds, and the feelings mapped over them. Guided by soulful machines, Daniel Blue along with guitarists Mike Notter and Nate Daley, keyboardist Andrew Butler, and drummer Forrest Mauvais, form a warm efficiency to the hard-soul/glitch-folk contained on the bands self-titled debut and forthcoming follow-up. The band will perform at Pune and Delhi editions of the festival.
Composer Amit Trivedi has long been hailed as the new voice of Indian film music. His critically-acclaimed work in films like Dev.D, Udaan, and Ishaqzaade have earned him a reputation as being one of the most cutting-edge producers in Indian films. His live performances comprise a vast list of collaborators and performers, and Bacardi NH7 Weekender fans in Bangalore and Delhi should expect memorable live sets.
Indias biggest metal exports, Skyharbor shot into the global metal spotlight with their 2012 debut album Blinding White Noise: Illusion and Chaos.Their first ever live performance was at the 2011 edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, and since then theyve gone on to play at some of the worlds biggest metal stages, including the Download Festival earlier this year. The band will perform at the Pune and Delhi editions of the festival.
The Raghu Dixit Project feat. Nrityarutya
At the Bangalore edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender last year, The Raghu Dixit Project delivered a visual spectacle unlike any the festival had ever seen. The Nrityarutya dance company brought exquisite dance sequences, elaborate props and some truly breathtaking moments to The Raghu Dixit Projects music, including the bands latest album Jag Changa. This year, fans in Pune and Delhi will have the chance to experience this audio-visual treat.
Indian Ocean’s Tandanu
Indian Ocean is synonymous with Indian rock. The bands latest album Tandanu, their seventh studio release, is a series of collaborations with some of the countrys most inventive musicians. At the Kolkata, Pune and Delhi editions of the festival, the band will perform alongside some of these collaborators including Selvaganesh, Shubha Mudgal, Shankar Mahadevan, Pt Vishwamohan Bhat, Kumaresh Rajagopalan, and Vishal Dadlani.
The Manganiyar Classroom by Roysten Abel
Roysten Abels Manganiyar Seduction has been one of the most stunning live performances ever to be staged at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender. Eight years after The Manganiyar Seduction was first conceived, Roysten Abel is back with The Manganiyar Classroom. Unlike the former, Roysten Abels newest production will consist of 40 children of Manganiyar descent. As the name suggests, The Manganiyar Classroom features these talented kids in a classroom setup, complete with a chalkboard. The music illustrates how the right kind of teacher and education is more beneficial than a fixed curriculum. Fans at the Pune edition of the festival will experience this spectacle.
All India Bakchod
All India Bakchod, or AIB (depending on how strict your publications editorial guidelines are), are Indias edgiest comedy collective. Comprised of stand-up comics Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya, the group are known for their hilarious sketches on their incredibly popular YouTube channel. At the Pune edition of the festival this year, AIB will play their first ever live musical performance.
Bombay Punk United and The Delhi Alternative
The past couple of decades have seen the emergence of several punk and alternative rock acts in Mumbai and Delhi that have added a new dimension to the Indian rock scene. At the Pune and Delhi editions of the festival respectively, Bombay Punk United and The Delhi Alternative will pay tribute to the heroes and the music of this scene with collaborative performances featuring a host of local punk and alt-rock artists. These special sets have been curated by some of the punk and alt-rock scenes most recognizable figures, and promise to take fans through a musical journey that spans Indian and international punk and alt-rock influences.
Monica Dogra is usually known for her dynamic vocal and visual performance as ‘Shaair from electro-pop act Shaair + Func – however, this year in Kolkata, Delhi and Pune, we will see her in a new solo avatar where she reveals to us a more personal and vulnerable side. From a young girl growing up in Baltimore to Shaair + Func to finally launching her solo career and performing at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, shes grown into one of the countrys leading song writers and also one of our most recognizable female voices.
One of the countrys most exciting metal bands, Bhayanak Maut are veritable legends when it comes to the Indian metal scene. The band has a massive following in all corners of the country, and will release their newest album at this years Bacardi NH7 Weekender. BM will play all four edition of the festival this year.
Few bands have symbolised the breakout of the Indian independent music scene as well as Pentagram. Comprised of Vishal Dadlani, Randolph Correia, Shiraz Bhattacharya and Makarand Papal Mane, Pentagrams electro-rock sound has defined a generation on indie music fans. At the four editions of the festival this year though, fans will experience another facet of the bands live prowess – a stripped-down Unplugged set featuring reworked renditions of many of the bands popular songs.
Full City-wise Lineups
AlgoRhythm (Mumbai), Ankur & The Ghalat Family (Mumbai), As Animals (France), BREED (India/US), Bhayanak Maut (Mumbai), Blackstratblues (Mumbai), Cloud Control (Australia), Fossils (Kolkata), Gingerfeet (Kolkata), Indian Ocean’s Tandanu featuring Selvaganesh, Kumaresh Rajagopalan, Vishal Dadlani (Delhi), Indus Creed (Mumbai), Maati Baani (Mumbai), Madboy/Mink (Mumbai), Money For Rope (Australia), Monica Dogra (Mumbai), Mr Woodnote & Lil Rhys (Australia), MUTEMATH (US), Nanok (Mumbai), Peking Duk (Australia), Pentagram (Unplugged) (Mumbai), Sarah Blasko (Australia), Shaair + Func (Mumbai), Sickflip (Mumbai), Sky Rabbit (Mumbai), Soulmate (Shillong), Su Real (Delhi), Superfuzz (Delhi), The F16s (Chennai), The Inspector Cluzo (France), Them Clones (Delhi).
Adi & Suhail (Delhi), Amit Trivedi (Mumbai), Ankur & The Ghalat Family (Mumbai), As Animals (France), BREED (India/US), Bhayanak Maut (Mumbai), Blent (Bangalore), Cloud Control (Australia), Delhi Sultanate & Begum X (Delhi), DJ Sa vs DJ Skip (India), Dualist Inquiry Band (India), EZ Riser vs DJ MoCity (India), Jon Hopkins (UK), Klypp (Bangalore), Madboy/Mink (Mumbai), Money For Rope (Australia), Mr Woodnote & Lil Rhys (Australia), MUTEMATH (US), Pangea (Mumbai), Peepal Tree (Bangalore), Peking Duk (Australia), Pentagram (Unplugged) (Mumbai), Sarah Blasko (Australia), Scribe (Mumbai), Sickflip (Mumbai), Skrat (Chennai), Soulmate (Shillong), Spud In The Box (Mumbai), The F16s (Chennai), The Inspector Cluzo (France), The Supersonics (Kolkata), Thermal And A Quarter (Bangalore), Undying Inc (Delhi).
Adi & Suhail (Delhi), All India Bakchod (Mumbai), Alo Wala (Denmark), Amit Trivedi (Mumbai), BREED (India/US), Bhavishyavani (Mumbai), Bhayanak Maut (Mumbai), Big City Harmonics (Live) (Pune), Bombay Punk United, Castles In The Sky (Pune), Coshish (Mumbai), Curtain Blue (Delhi), Dinosaur Pile-Up (UK), Fear Factory (US), Foreign Beggars (UK), Frame/Frame (Live) (Delhi), Goldspot (US), Indian Ocean’s Tandanu featuring Shubha Mudgal, Shankar Mahadevan, Selvaganesh, Vishal Dadlani (Delhi), Luke Sital-Singh (UK), Madboy/Mink (Mumbai), Monica Dogra (Mumbai), Moniker (Delhi), Motopony (US), Namit Das + Anurag Shankar (Mumbai), Neeraj Aryas Kabir Cafe (Mumbai), Nicholson (Mumbai), Nikhil DSouza (Mumbai), OX7GEN (Live) (Mumbai), Pentagram (Unplugged) (Mumbai), Providence (Mumbai), Reggae Rajahs (Delhi), Sandunes (Mumbai), Sickflip (Mumbai), Skrat (Chennai), Skyharbor (Delhi), Songhoy Blues (Mali), Superfuzz (Delhi), The Bartender (Mumbai), The Down Troddence (Kochi), The F16s (Chennai), The Manganiyar Classroom by Roysten Abel (India), The Raghu Dixit Project feat. Nrityarutya (Bangalore), The Ska Vengers (Delhi), The Vaccines (UK), Thermal And A Quarter (Bangalore), When Pandas Attack (Delhi), Zygnema (Mumbai).
Alo Wala (Denmark), Amit Trivedi (Mumbai), Barmer Boys (Rajasthan), Bhayanak Maut (Mumbai), Colossal Figures (Delhi), Dinosaur Pile-Up (UK), EZ Riser vs DJ MoCity (India), Fear Factory (US), Frame/Frame (Live) (Delhi), Ganesh Talkies (Kolkata), Goldspot (US), Hoirong (Delhi), Iamrisha (Delhi), Indian Ocean’s Tandanu featuring Pt. Vishwamohan Bhat, Kumaresh Rajagopalan, Vishal Dadlani (Delhi), Killwish (Delhi), Luke Sital-Singh (UK), Madboy/Mink (Mumbai), Monica Dogra (Mumbai), Motopony (US), Pangea (Mumbai), Pentagram (Unplugged) (Mumbai), Sachal Jazz Ensemble (Pakistan), Sandunes (Mumbai), Skrat (Chennai), Skyharbor (Delhi), Songhoy Blues (Mali), Soulspace (Live) (Delhi), Talal Qureshi (Pakistan), The Delhi Alternative, The F16s (Chennai), The Raghu Dixit Project feat. Nrityarutya (Bangalore), The Supersonics (Kolkata), The Vaccines (UK).
For more information about all of the artists performing at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2014, visit NH7.in/Weekender.
Control Alt Delete – The Metal Chapter: Survive This at Blue Frog, Mumbai
Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2014 Nominees Announced
Rolling Stone Metal Awards returns in its fifth edition this year. Among eight nominee categories, Mumbai death metal band Reptilian Death lead the tally with seven nominations, including Best Song, Best Band and Best Album. Top nominees this year also include Delhi-based metal band Undying Inc., thrash/groove metal band Zygnema, black metal band Cosmic Infusion, progressive/hardcore metal band Reverrse Polarity, death metal band Gutslit and folk metal band The Down Troddence, among others. The Down Troddence and Gutslit have six nominations each.
RSMA, which has previously honored artists such as Demonic Resurrection, Scribe, Bhayanak Maut, Undying Inc, Eccentric Pendulum and Skyharbor, will give away awards for Best Band, Best Song and Best Album based on popular choice and critics choice separately. Awards will be also handed in the Best Guitarist, Best Bassist, Best Drummer, Best Vocalist and Best Keyboardist categories. Awards for the Best Album Artwork and Emerging Artist will be announced at the awards event, which takes place on 22nd June at Blue Frog, Mumbai.
Public voting in the popular choice categories for Best Band, Best Album and Best Song is now open on the Rolling Stone India Facebook page in the following links:
Awards Night –
Venue: Blue Frog, Mumbai
Date: 22nd June 2014
Time: 7:30 PM onwards
Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2014 Nominees List
The Down Troddence
Cosmic Infusion Cosmic Infusion
Gutslit Skewered In The Sewer
Reptilian Death The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence
Reverrse Polarity Reverrse Polarity
The Down Troddence How are You? We are fine, Thank you
Cosmic Infusion Burial Of Thy Own
Reptilian Death O
Reverrse Polarity Cross Poly Nation
The Down Troddence Nagavalli
Undying Inc Ironclad
Zygnema Shell Broken Hell Loose
Cosmic Infusion Sushan Shetty
Gutslit Aditya Barve
Reptilian Death Vinay Venkatesh
Undying Inc Shashank Bhatnagar
Zygnema Jimmy Bhore
Cosmic Infusion Amnish Lohire
Gutslit Dynell Bangera
Reptilian Death Sahil Makhija
The Down Troddence Varun Raj
Zygnema Sidharth Kadadi
Gutslit Gurdip Singh Narang
Reptilian Death Ashwin Shriyan
Theorized Sankalp Narayanan
When Stories End Gaurav Roka
Undying Inc Reuben Bhattacharya
Gutslit Aaron Pinto
Reptilian Death Sahil Makhija
Reverrse Polarity Gautam Deb
The Down Troddence Ganesh Radhakrishnan
Undying Inc Nishant Hagjer
Zygnema Mayank Sharma
Cosmic Infusion Sushan Shetty
Dark Helm Aniketh Shankar
Lunatic Fringe Gaurav Dutta
Slain Jonathan Wesley
The Down Troddence Sushil Shyam
Cosmic Infusion, Providence & Zygnema at Blue Frog, Mumbai
Celebrating Amit Saigal’s B’day at Blue Frog, Mumbai
The Rolling Stones Metal Awards at The Blue Frog, Mumbai
The third edition of The Rolling Stones Metal Awards took place at The Blue Frog, a venue that has supported this initiative of celebrating the Indian metal scene by giving bands due credit for the efforts they’ve put in over the year. The event had a total turnout of around 600 people and one could safely say that they all had an amazing night.
Rohit Pereira, popularly known as the P-man, was the emcee for the night who tickled everyones funny bones with his comical antics and witty one-liners. The first band to take to the stage was Pangea the progressive metal band from Bombay consisting of Akshay Rajpurohit, Shadaab Kadri and Kuber Sharma on guitars (all seven string guitars). The band was joined by the awesome duo, Jai Row Kavi and Rushad Mistry of Indus creed fame, on the drums and bass respectively. Despite the fact that the band was playing its first gig ever , they sounded very professional on stage and performed songs from their debut album Snails Are When I Was Young. The band may not have won any award that night but made all the right noises with their debut gig and with their layered, melodic and almost ambient metal tunes. They are surely a wonderful addition to the already exciting metal scene in the country.
Next up on stage was Providence, clearly the stars of the night. This metalcore band from Bombay, was playing with their new vocalist Karan Pote (ex- Noiseware and Abraxas) after Sunnieth quit the band last month and went on to win five awards that night. Pote seemed to have fit into Sunnieths shoes with consummate ease as the band got the moshpit going with songs from their album Vanguard. The band was joined by Sunnieth on stage for their last song Prosthetics. The teamed growls from Sunnieth and Karan threw the crowd into frenzy – certainly one of the highlights of the night.
The award ceremony kick-started as Keshav Dhars Skyharbor won the award for the Best Emerging Band, while Providence bagged the award for Best Album Art for their album Vanguard. Taz James of Chaotic Years won the award for Best Keybordist while Arun Natrajan and Vibhas Venkatraman of Eccentric Pendulum bagged the awards for Best Bassist and Best Drummer respectively.
After this, Karan Pote was back on stage with his metal band from Pune, Abraxas. The band continued from where Providence left off and with the twin guitar attack of Abhimanyu and Vinay shredding away to glory, ably supported by Naman on drums and Kenneth on bass, the band got the circular pits going at certain points in their set. A lot of people from Pune had specifically driven down to catch Abraxas live and the band didnt disappoint one bit as they played some of their most popular tracks like Deviation, Eyes of Disgrace, I Remember among others to get the crowds really going before winding up their set with another crowd favourite, Sweet Sufferings.
The next category was Best Guitarist which was bagged by Keshav Dhar of Skyharbor. While Sunnieth Revankar of Bhayanak Maut won the award for Best Vocalist for his work with his former band Providence, while defeating himself for his own work with Skyharbor, which was also nominated in the same category.
The next set of awards was for the Popular Choice category. Skyharbors Maeva won the award for Best Song, and Providence bagged the next two awards for both Best Band and Best Album for their album Vanguard.
Bangalore-based metal band Eccentric Pendulum who had a very successful night themselves, took to the stage next. The band, fresh from winning awards for Best Drummer and Best Bassist earlier that night, put together a very tight set playing songs from their album Winding the Optics, while also playing some of their new songs like, Resisting the Equation.
The next set of awards was for the Jury awards category. Maeva by Skyharbor won the award for Best Metal Song, while Eccentric Pendulum picked up the award for Best Metal Album of the Year for Winding the Optics.
The last award for the night was the coveted Critics Choice Award for Best Metal Band, which was bagged by Goddess Gagged from Bombay. The closing act for the night was the mighty Zygnema, who will be representing India at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany later this year. The energy that the bands frontman Jimmy brings into every performance is phenomenal and Sunday night was no different. Add to that the genius of Sidharth Kadadi on guitars, the brilliance of Mayank on drums and Ravi on bass, and you have all the ingredients for an explosive performance! The crowd went berserk as they broke into a huge circular pit in front of the stage, while the band belted out songs from their album Born of Unity, including crowd favourite 59(which has almost become an anthem now) along with some newer tracks like Endangered.
To say the night was phenomenal would be an understatement. Watching the pioneers of metal in India and all their fans under one roof celebrating the growth of the Indian metal scene was testimony to their love for metal and its success India.