The upcoming fifth edition of the NH7 Weekender, Pune, promises a heady mix of popular international and homegrown artistes, avant-garde visual and stage art, and the famous ‘happy’ vibe. Here’s our guide on how to make the most of the event
It is that time of the year when a majority of the gig-crazy populace from in and around Mumbai will make their annual pilgrimage to Pune.
The fifth edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, which will be held from November 21 to 23, has covered all the bases that any festival must — a music line-up with something for lovers of different genres, beautifully designed venue and art, as well as other experiences that make an event like this worth the money. Here’s the lowdown on what to expect this year:
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All India Bakchod
If the buzz on the Internet is anything to go by, comedy
collective All India Bakchod (AIB) should be one of the most anticipated acts at the fest. Expect a heavy dose of hilariously irreverent digs at everything — from public figures to pop culture — all of which will be peppered with live music.
On: Day 3, 6.50 pm
At: MTS Discover stage.
Indian Metal-heads couldn’t be more thankful for Fear Factory’s announcement in this year’s line-up. Trust this two-decade old Metal band to hit all the right, and loud notes as the final act for day two.
On: Day 2, 8.50 pm
At: Bacardi Arena stage.
Born in the aftermath of the coup by armed extremists in northern Mali, this band plays music that celebrates diversity, freedom and love. The artistes’ gripping stage presence only makes them fonder to an audience that loves Roots music.
Pic Courtesy/Andy Morgan.
On: Day 1, 7 pm
At: The Dewarists stage.
This Alt-Rock band has enough grunge to pump you with the final-day adrenaline rush you might like. Their effortlessly hummable tunes guarantee their success with the young attendees at festival.
On: Day 3, 7.20 pm
At: Bacardi Arena stage.
Miss this UK band in action at your own risk. Their uncomplicated, Retro-style Rock ‘n’ Roll melodies are the kind that will dance on your lips days after the gig. YouTube their hit songs — Post Break-up Sex and Tiger Blood, already.
On: Day 3, 8.50 pm
At: Bacardi Arena stage
Bombay Punk United
Comprising local musicians Sidd Coutto, Rohit ‘P-Man’ Pereira and Dinkar Dwivedi, this new collaborative act promises to cause quite a riot with their freewheeling tunes.
On: Day 3, 8.10 pm
At: Red Bull Tour Bus stage
The festival venue wouldn’t be as pretty as it is every year, if not for the innovative installations by talented artistes around. Watch out for Shilo Shiv Suleman’s Pulse & Bloom, an installation of lotus flowers made from steel and rowlux. The best element about her artwork is that the flowers get lit up with the human pulse when people place hands at the base of the installation. Ayushman Mitra’s The Art Of Kissing (top, in pic), featuring a motif of a human split face in a lip lock, will also be on display. “The inspiration comes from love between two humans; irrespective of gender or age. The split face symbolises the different facets of one’s personality and the lip lock stands for acceptability of one’s true self,” reasons Mitra.
Don’t miss these experiences
>> Get free pictures of your and your pals clicked at the Festival Sherpa photobooth.
>> Visit the vibrant flea market and grab old-school vinyl records, gramophones and turntables at the MusiCircus stall.
>> Purchase hand-painted lamps and accessories at the Urbankala stall.
>> Get a jello shot at the Chotukool stall.