Languid gratification. No, please don’t get me wrong. I’m just trying to be as honest about my second Iron Maiden concert live! So it’s not all that bad to be writing about it, slightly late though.
The second Rock in India fest that took place in Bangalore with Iron Maiden had almost got everything right. Festivals are the way to go these days, yes, even in the times of recession. Thousands of fans, young and old, gathered for this day fest paying a humble 1,600 bucks. Of course, there were national and international acts playing through the day. None except for Indian acts could be called impressionable, but just about okay.
However, nothing matches the thrill of watching Maiden live for the first time. Initially, when the Metal beasts came up, I was dispassionate. It was only halfway through the show when they whipped the beasts in all of us. The old boys still have it!
Coming back to the fest, whether or not most people loved other acts, no one seemed to really mind watching them. While maximum action through the day happened on a smaller stage, our very own Parikrama gave a life to the main stage before the headliners came on. Despite the sound problems, they pulled of rather well.
The whole package, with a bar serving very affordable spirits, bungee jumping, tattoo parlours, food counters and vast open spaces to lounge around, was worth it. Pat on the back to DNA Networks!
Closer home, minus the spirits, the Seher-hosted South Asian bands fest at the beautiful Purana Qila was a well attended, well-conducted affair as well. For three days, the bands made for good listening, and the venue makes for a good hangout. Hosting nearly all popular sounds of the continent in one space is very interesting.
We need more such festivals that cut across genres, or in one way or the other make a premise for an abstract variety of music preying on newer audience. Watch Bollywood, for instance — it is experimenting with new music while keeping the songs risk-free. Amit Trivedi did it recently with Dev.D.
Dilli ki kudi Aditi Singh Sharma of Crimson (also formerly Level 9), made an impressionable Bollywood debut with Dev.D’s OST — Yahi Zindagi Hai. She has recorded with Himesh Reshammiya for Ishq unplugged too. Dunno about the masses yet, but Bollywood is increasingly taking a keen interest in the independent music scene.