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Blue Frog is coming to town, but do we really need it to rev up the music scene? Here’s where the best gigs are held.

art and culture Updated: Sep 01, 2011 12:11 IST
Isha Manchanda

When Blue Frog opened in Bombay in 2008, it created a mini-revolution. It was hailed as the best thing to happen to the Bombay music scene — hosting gigs everyday, producing some of the scene’s biggest artistes and calling International indie acts over often.

So, from the time news broke of Blue Frog acquiring property in Delhi, there has been large-scale jubilation in the ‘scene’ in the Capital.

One wonders if the cutting-edge venue will actually add the same kind of value to the live music scene in Delhi as it did in Mumbai? Over the last decade, Delhi has made a habit out of regular live nights at various venues — whether it was the D.E.S.U (Delhi Electronica Supply Unit) nights every Thursday at Café Morrison or rock bands playing at Mezz or the old Turquoise Cottage.

The old live night might have died down — along with some of the venues (such as TC that got a second lease of life and Mezz that hasn’t been that fortunate), but the city doesn’t appear to have given up.

New venues seem to be popping up

almost every week, experimenting with genres and giving a wide range of bands a shot. Some of them shutting down before the name starts rolling off your tongue comfortably (Boogaloo, for instance, is possibly the shortest living venue in the city). Manajsa, a new small venue in Hauz Khaz, has been hosting bands like the Peter Cat Recording Company and Big Bad Blues, while Five8 will perform every Friday at Tryst MusiCafe, another new venue in Saket.

A city is always glad to have more venues, yes, and the likes of Blue Frog can only be welcome.

However, we think the Capital has been doing fairly well — even without enough gigs every day for the discerning listener to choose from.