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Band-o-best

A nationwide contest hunts for rockers to perform at upcoming multi-city music festival

music Updated: Oct 06, 2012 14:47 IST

Bands that missed out on securing a slot at any of the three editions of popular music festival Bacardi NH7 Weekender may just another chance yet. The organisers, in partnership with a youth television channel, will be conducting a nationwide contest to pick the best acts to perform at the Delhi, Pune and Bengaluru editions. The Bindass Restless Band Hunt will be held across three cities to discover fresh outfits.



Guitar"We’ve already programmed some of the best acts from across the country at the festival; bands that we know will work there. With this contest, we’re looking for a great new act, and hoping to find something undiscovered. There might be a brilliant band we’ve missed, or haven’t heard yet and we’re looking for that," says Vijay Nair, CEO, Only Much Louder, organiser of the festival. While the Pune edition will be held from November 2-4, the Delhi leg is scheduled for October 13 and 14. In Bengaluru, the festival will be held on December 15 and 16.



The selection process will take place in two phases: Bands will need to send in their entries online and the shortlisted acts will then perform before a jury comprising Nair and musicians Sahej Bakshi (Dualist Inquiry) and Surojit Dev (Them Clones), who will pick the winners. With there being no bar on the genre and language, the contest aims to identify acts that have a youth connect. "We are looking for bands that have a breakthrough sound," says Kunal Mukherjee, marketing head, Bindass. "This music festival is perhaps the biggest in the country, so it is a great opportunity for fresh bands to showcase their talent."