This year, we saw Ed Sheeran and Elijah Wood perform on Indian turf, but you haven’t seen the last of international gigs yet
There are stories, and then there are stories. In 1968, The Beatles landed India for the very first time with plans of solely relaxing and meditating. Little did they know that 600 fans would be eagerly awaiting their arrival at the airport. Some 40 years later, Aerosmith, the American rock band with Steve Tyler as frontman, housed a staggering 22,000 people for their India concert.
Slash performs with Michael Jackson at the 1995 Video Music Awards
Be it at an airport or a gig venue, more bands and musicians are coming here with the confidence that their Indian fans will turn up by the thousands. Earlier this year, pop/rock sensation Ed Sheeran serenaded swooning audiences while Switchfoot, with their eclectic brand of music, took to the stage in their first-ever performance in India. Even party sensations from the 90s, Vengaboys, performed in India in May to much fanfare. With recent visits from Coldplay and Elijah Wood, we give you a line-up of international artists who are all set to burn the stage with their performances before the year ends.
“Whether it’s global pop sensations or heavyweight metal bands, international artistes or homegrown talent, the key is to programme artists who bring new dimensions to the festival experience for all kinds of music fans,” says Arjun Ravi, co-founder
Slash for MTV Indies Xtreme, November
Rolling Stones placed Slash, best known as the guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, at No. 65 on their list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2011. Total Guitar placed his riff in Sweet Child O’ Mine at the top of The 100 Greatest Riffs in 2004. Slash is every bit a legend as they come and he is finally coming down on Indian soil.
Megadeth in October for NH7, October and November
The big daddies of the thrash metal scene, this band is not for the feeble-hearted. This year, the band will perform at the Shillong and Kolkata editions of the festival
Skrillex for Vh1 Supersonic Arcade, October
Multiple Grammy Award winner Sonny John Moore, better known by his stage name Skrillex, is about to set foot on Indian soil and has already sent electro-music lovers in a tizzy
Mark Ronson for NH7, November
Ronson has to his credit multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artists like late Amy Winehouse, Adele, and most recently Bruno Mars. So it’s a major feather in the cap of NH7, one of the biggest music festivals in the country, to have managed to get Ronson on board
Tiesto for Enchanted Valley Carnival, December
A worldwide superstar, Tiesto was voted as ‘The greatest DJ of all time’ by Mixmag and the ‘#1’ DJ by Rolling Stone. To his credit, artists such as Kanye West, Coldplay, Katy Perry and John Legend have personally tapped him for high-profile mixes. He has been confirmed as the headliner for Bacardi Enchanted Valley Carnival, India's largest camping music festival