With more and more clubs and eateries hosting performances, this is probably the best time for Mumbai’s live music scene. Here’s our guide to the hippest, newest gig venues around the city.
The Little Door
With everything- good acoustics, ambience and food- working in its favour, The Little Door has consolidated its position as one of the coolest alternative music hubs in the suburbs. Their weekly event, Acoustic Tuesdays features three acts, a singer-songwriter set by an upcoming artiste, followed by an acoustic outfit and a band. The past editions have seen popular indie musicians Vasuda Sharma, Rachel & The Plutonians, Winit Tickoo among others. "Andheri has been lacking a good live music venue. We wanted to fill in that gap; the response has been very good,” says owner Tanu Narang.
What: Acoustic Tuesdays
Where: Shree Siddhivinayak Plaza, Plot B 31, off New Link Road, Andheri (W).
Call: 99209 83833
This place has been pulling in the EDM-loving crowd that used to frequent the now-shut pub and gig venue, Bonobo. Mixtaped!, the weekly electronica night it has introduced,features city DJs who either spin or prepare a two-hour playlist comprising their favourite artistes and influences. “We are trying to do something that’s not clichéd, by playing a whole lot of different styles. The venue has been very supportive and the response has been great,” says DJ Reji, who curates the event.
What: Mixtaped! Night with Grizzly Adams
When: Wednesday, May 29
Where: The Den, off Linking Road, lane behind KFC, Bandra (W).
Call: 95945 4234
Andheri has never been cooler. Chez Moi has been attracting the hip-shaking and dubstep wobbling crowd to its weekly gigs that are only getting bigger and better by the week.
what: Boiler Bar Thursdays with Reggae Rajahs.
When: May 30
Where: Link Plaza Complex, next to Sreeji Restaurant, near Oshiwara Police Station.
Call: 2640 1804 or 77383 82407
Yellow Tree Café
If you want to make inroads into the underground EDM movement, this is a good place to begin. The weekly District Fifty Label night on Thursdays that it hosts features some of the freshest names on thecircuit. What makes the event unique is that in addition to the DJs, there are visual artistes who showcase their work.
What: District Fifty nights with Spacejams and Abhishek Dixit. Visual mapping on art installations by artists from Visual Disobedience.
When: May 30
Where: Yellow Tree Café, 33 Road and Dr Ambedkar Road Junction, Bandra (W).
Call: 6528 7800
If you ever walk down the road leading to the Carter Road promenade on Sunday evenings, chances are that you will spot a group of artistes armed with flutes, djembes, acoustic guitars and bongos, jamming outside the TattooStar Collective. The studio, a melting point of culture and arts, has been hosting weekly jams on the pavement by a motley bunch of performers, who go by the name of Bambai Street Collective (BSC). “We aren’t a band, we are like-minded artistes who want to perform for the people at a space that’s accessible to everyone-our streets,” says Nikhil Thakur, co-founder, BSC.
What: Sunday Street Busk by Bambai Street Collective
When: Every Sunday, 8 pm
Where: TattooStar Collective, Carter Road, Khar (W).
Call: 98926 12728
This Kala Ghoda eatery has a quaint old-world charm to it that makes it an endearing gig venue too. The prominent stage that can accommodate a full band, good acoustics and the general vibe of the place add to the overall appeal. The previous editions have seen Ankur&Sidd and Leon de Souza perform to a packed house.
What: The Chevalier Sessions (Every Wednesday) with Zarir Warden.
Where: Cheval, Next to Liv, 145, Kala Ghoda, Fort.
Call: 4039 6638
If the response that the three editions of Smash Up nights, the EDM event that the club hosts, have received is anything to go by, the place looks like the next big thing in the underground EDM space. The icing on the cake is their irresistible cover charge (R500 for three drinks and a starter).
Next gig: To be announced
When: Monthly event
Where: Smaaash, City Studio, Gate 4, Oasis Complex, next to Kamala Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Lower Parel.
Entry: Cover charge R500
Call: 4914 3143
This venue has made a smooth transition from being a commercial club to an indie music hub. Every fortnight, the venue hosts a special night, Bomb Thursdays, dedicated to a particular theme or genre. From metalheads moshing on one of their rock nights to lovebirds cosying up on an acoustic gig, the place will take you by surprised every time you visit. “Bomb Thursdays are slowly getting popular with people who come for the gigs. We are breaking new acts on the scene and many people take time out to tell us what they liked and what they didn’t. It really is becoming a scene culture and that’s the most awesome thing about it,” says Rishu Singh of indie music promoters, ennui.bomb, which organises the event.
What: Bomb Thursdays with Adam Avil, Spook, Tint and Tough On Tobacco
Next gig: June 6, 9 pm onwards.
Where: J. P. Road, opposite Apna Bazaar, Versova
Entry: R200 (Deals on drinks and food all through the gig. R500 for 3 drinks or R200 per drink on house brands).
Call: 95945 22228