Among all the acts on that stage, Mumbai’s crowd favourite blues-rock band Blackstratblues stole the show with its consistently prodigious compositions. Karsh Kale and Kolkata-based multi-instrumentalist Tajdar Junaid made a surprise appearance with the band. Veteran folk-rockers Indian Ocean played the final set to a cheering crowd. On the ‘Other Stage’, Sky Rabbit frontman Raxit Tewari’s solo act, Your Chin pulled in quite a crowd. Ankur Tewari’s acoustic set, which featured him accompanied by an accordion player disappointed us. He stuck to his popular hits like ‘Chand chahiye’ and ‘Mohabbat zindabad’ but there was a hint of unpreparedness that showed through this act.
The Dub Station — which had a dingy, underground feel, what with walls of graffiti and a condensed area — was the one place towards which most of the under-21 folks gravitated. The finale act by Reggae Rajahs wasn’t the best we’ve seen from the band, but it kept the crowd shaking to its beat. Many people we met — both veteran festival-goers and first-time attendees — complained that the event lacked the ‘festival vibe’. We hope for a better experience today.