Mumbai-based reggae and urban music outfit Bombay Bassment is known for high-energy performances. Now, the band is set to prove its mettle at one of the most popular music events in the world, Glastonbury Festival, a five-day fest held annually in the UK.
The band will play two shows, one on June 23 and other on June 26, at the venue. “We still don’t believe it’s actually happening. It is the best feeling any band could ever have. We are eagerly awaiting it, not only to play for an audience who has never heard us before, but also to be able to check out so many different acts,” says Ruell Barretto, a band member.
The artiste also feels that playing at an international festival is important for any music group’s career. “You get a chance to showcase your local act on an international podium,” he says.The band members are also excited about the release of their next album, Bombay Bassment x FUNC VIP. It is a collaboration with the guitarist of Pentagram and Shaa’ir + Func, Randolph Correia. “Our new album is nothing like what we’ve done before. It’s electronic. Rather than a live-stage sound, it’s got more of a club vibe,” says Barretto.
Ask him if the influx of international DJs performing in India has taken away the attention from local bands, and the artiste says, “We want to perform on international stages, so we can’t frown if foreign artistes want to come to India. That would be hypocritical.”