Raise a storm

The third edition of Storm Festival, a camping music event will present a mix of famous and niche artistes, who will rock five stages in a scenic setting

Give a heady start to 2014 by attending the first music festival of the year, Storm Festival. Combining the thrill of listening to over 45 artistes with the advantage of camping out, the festival this year will be held at a new venue, Gonighattapura village, in the outskirts of Bengaluru.

Storm Festival
Previous edition of Storm Festival

The top names performing at the festival include clarinetist, Shankar Tucker, singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan, Indie delight Raghu Dixit, Susheela Raman and Lesle Lewis. Other bands performing at the festival include Swarathma, Thermal and a Quarter feat Ravi Kullor and Avial. Electronic Dance Music lovers can look forward to sets by international DJ Eddie Halliwell and Indian artistes including Nikhil Chinapa and Rohit Barker, and Tuhin Mehta.

Storm Festival camping site
The camping area

Fans of Lewis who have been waiting for him to release a new album can look forward to listening to tracks from his new Dance album, which he tells us takes off from where he left some time back, when he did Rahul and I with Asha Bhosle. “This is going to be the first public performance for my new album featuring GenX and at the same time I will do some of my own songs, which will be done in my own style with my band. Lesle Lewis featuring GenX is a very special album as featuring these artists together on one album is a very difficult task,” he says. GenX features the children of veteran music artistes Hariharan, L Subramanium, Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa.

Storm Festival, Shankar Mahadevan, Lesle Lewis
Shankar Mahadevan and Lesle Lewis

Festival Director, Lavin Uthappa informs us, “This year, we’ve added yet another stage — bringing us to five stages namely, Plug N Play, World Music, Electronica, Singer- Songwriter and Camp Jam stages. We have also extended the festival by another day. As far as the programming at Storm Festival is concerned, our mainstage is dedicated to Folk/ Fusion genres.”

When we asked Mahadevan about the popularity of festivals in India today, he says, “It is absolutely. I’ve been to several festivals abroad and it’s festivals that make for a great experience for musicians and patrons alike. I’m happy to have found out one such festival at home.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that India has a festival where music lovers can camp-out amidst tight security, there’s a strong check on drug abuse. Everything is so well organised.”

From: January 31 to February 2
At: Gonighattapura village, near Bengaluru.
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