Apart from the regulars and crowd favourites such as The Raghu Dixit Project, Karsh Kale and Papon, the upcoming Pune edition of the NH7 Weekender music festival will feature many fresh acts from across the country. Ready to take on an over 9,000-members strong festival audience, they have all got their niche sounds and unique stage presentations in place. Here are our picks — ranging from singer-songwriters to an all-girl punk band — who are new on the scene and worth watching out for.
We don’t get to catch this Bangalore-based band live very often so the upcoming performance is something we are really looking forward to. Their songs feature Hindi and Urdu lyrics, which are set to trippy melodies and minimal, guitar-heavy arrangements. They have an EP titled Behosh that we suggest you must get your hands on.
Delhi-based musician Dhruv Visvanath forges an instant connect with the audience with his percussive style of guitar playing. He’s got a Raul Midón kind of streak to his music and his compositions carry a happy yet contemplative vibe. Most of his songs carry a single-word title (‘Prisoner’, ‘Father’ and ‘Only’). “This gig will mark my 100th performance, so it’s like a milestone for me. I’m excited to play my new song ‘Chaos’, and another called ‘He said she said’,” says the 22-year-old singer-songwriter.
The Vinyl Records
Genre: Post punk, indie rock
Garage music, irreverent attitude and eye-grabbing styling — The Vinyl Records have all the makings of a popular (if not musically prodigious) band. The past couple of months have seen this all-girl band from Arunachal Pradesh gigging at multiple venues in Mumbai. We expect the combination of their catchy tunes and visual appeal to be quite a hit at the festival this weekend.
Genre: Acoustic, alternative pop
This multi-instrumentalist will be bringing his brand of alternative pop and easy-going music at this upcoming performance. Although he isn’t really new to the circuit (Junaid has collaborated with artistes such as Blackstratblues and Jalebee Cartel), this will be his debut at the Pune edition of the festival. He recently released his album, titled What Colour Is Your Raindrop, featuring multiple collaborations with musicians.
Prateek Kuhad Collective
Genre: Acoustic folk-pop
Prateek is part of the growing bunch of singer-songwriters who are choosing to write in Hindi. His breezy melodies and effortless vocals remind one of Ankur Tewari, the poster boy of this genre. At this gig, he will perform as a trio, with Sahil Warsi on the double bass and Vir Singh Brar on percussion.