The ‘no drinks in the stage area’ rule might have played spoilsport at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, but the fest made up for the discomfort by presenting an impressive line-up on the final day.
Drama on stage
On The Other Stage, funnyman Vir Das’ act, with his rock band Alien Chutney, had the crowd in splits. From taking a dig at Punjabi pappes with man boobs to even insinuating that Harry Potter could be a homosexual, each successive song in his set outdid its predecessor. The Dewarists Stage saw more histrionics, as members of Australian folk-pop band Jinja Safari combined their percussion-heavy compositions with a whole lot of jumping about and somersaults.
Sonic clash continued
It was a pity again that the booming music from the Dub Station marred the experience of those who gathered to catch folk-rock outfits Bombay Bicycle Club and the Susmit Sen Chronicles on The Other Stage.
Kailasa and Indus Creed played concurrent sets at the The Dewarists Stage and Rock Arena respectively, sending fans scurrying from one end of the venue to the other.
The finale acts at both these stages witnessed the highest turnout. Australian progressive rock band Karnivool’s second act in India will probably keep their fans talking about it for days to come. The closing act at The Dewarist Stage witnessed a cultural extravaganza as Nigerian singer-saxophonist Sean Kuti performed with the elaborate ensemble, Egypt 80, comprising a horn section, percussionists and hip-shaking backup vocalists.
It was quite an Aussie treat this year as we got to witness talent across genres from Down Under as five Australian bands performed at the fest — Big Scary, Sheppard, Jinja Safari, The Aston Shuffle and Karnivool.
If the alcohol ban in stage areas and the annoying sonic clashes were the low points, the fest scored high on the diversity of artistes this year. There were ramps and special podiums for the disabled. It would’ve been more convenient if the food stalls had stayed open till 11 pm on the first two days. The pet party arena didn’t witness a great turnout of pooches.