Your Guide to 'the happiest music fest'

The line up at the NH7 Weekender 2011, which is being touted as the happiest music festival in India, is bigger and better this year. The Guide helps you get your way around the festival

The organisers of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender promise that the second edition of the festival will be grand. While big acts like Basement Jaxx and Imogen Heap will undoubtedly be the largest draw for most junta, many will also be spending the weekend in Pune simply to soak in the vibe of the three-day music festival
With a lot more buzz this time around, the festival organisers have come up with ways to make the commute to the concert space easier.

The Dewarist Stage at NH7 Weekender 2010. Pics/Kunal Kakodkar

Apart from the many gigs, concert-goers can also check out options that aren't music-related and have a well-rounded festival experience. The Guide highlights some of the changes introduced this year, as well things you can do when you aren't listening to some of your favourite bands:

* If trains and buses are packed, too slow or inconvenient, use the NH7 Weekender Carpool this year to get to Pune. Register on the website and get access to the carpool section via your Facebook account. This will help you make travel plans with anybody on your list who might be driving down.

* With this year's festival venue shifting from tourist-friendly Koregaon Park to the posh-but-faraway Magarpatta City, visitors from Mumbai may have a tough time getting there. To avoid roaming around in
circles or getting ripped off by Pune's infamous, unreasonable rickshaw drivers, one can avail of the Weekender shuttle. This bus service will ply at regular intervals from well-known spots such as Toons in Camp, Venus Traders on FC Road and High Spirits Cafe in Koregaon Park.

* Have your ticket but unsure of where to stay? Log on to to book cheap hotel rooms/service apartments close to the venue.

* One of the most interesting features of this year's Weekender is Tattoo Republic, a first-of-its-kind international tattoo convention. This will have 45 booths, tattoo artists and designs from all over
the world, workshops and an art installation.

* The Flea Market and the Weekender Bazaar will be greener this year, featuring eco-friendly products such as T-shirts, jholas and the like.

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