Late on Friday night, wild cheering broke the calm of IIT-Bombay’s sprawling Powai campus.
Their favourite rock band —Porcupine Tree, or PT as fans call it — put up their plans to visit IIT-B’s annual fest Mood Indigo on their official website.
The cult UK-based rock band is visiting India for the first time, only for three days, and one of their gigs is at IIT-B. The only other Asian country they’ve toured is Japan, three years ago.
Their new album, The Incident, will be out on September 21.
The four-day IIT-B fest will start on December 21. The UK band will perform on the first day of the fest.
“The whole campus is ballistic. It’s a huge achievement to get a band as big as this to come down just for a college fest,” said Aaron D’Souza, one of the organisers who worked on getting the band here.
But Porcupine Tree coming to India is not big just on the IIT campus. “If I make two calls about them coming here, there’ll be a frenzy. They’re a very inventive band and I’m impressed that IIT-B actually convinced them to come here. We should learn a thing or two from them. I’d love to make it to the show,” said Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy, lead singer of Scribe, one of India’s leading rock acts.
It wasn’t a piece of cake. “For three months, we went back and forth and finally convinced them about the huge following they have here. It was very secretive. Not many people knew we were trying to get them,” said Rishi Sharma of the organising committee.
The rumours about Porcupine Tree coming to IIT-B first surfaced a few days ago on Rock Street Journal, an Indian online rock magazine.
People from across the country put up posts saying it was impossible. The PT website post has laid all that to rest.