The Orange Festival,which has its niche crowd of music and adventure sport enthusiasts is back again from December 15 at Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh.
The fest, offering fresh music and adrenaline rush activities, such as bungee jumping and river rafting, has announced the first set of artistes for this year’s festival. The four-day event, which has previously hosted performers such as Uday Benegal (frontman of Indus Creed) and Lama Tashi — the Grammy-winning Tibetan monk, has enlisted Bhutan-based indie rockers — The Baby Boomers, Kolkata-based alternative rockers —Gingerfeet and Delhi-based Yesterdrive, for this year.
“People, who come to this festival, are genuine music lovers and appreciate a wide range of genres. So, we look forward to playing there,” says Kunal Bhattacharya, the bassist of Joker’s Whoop. The band, from Guwahati, who base their music on synth rock and indie rock, will be playing originals at the fest. Yesterdrive, the band from Arunachal Pradesh, promises to play three new songs, along with their old ones. These songs will be released as new singles next year. Apart from their show, the members are excited about other acts in the fest. “We want to catch the music of Shubhangi Joshi Collective and The Baby Boomers live as we’ve not done that before,” says band’s lead guitarist, Haggai Rongmei.
For composer Boby Techi, who has released cover songs of Maroon 5 and Elle Goulding online, the festival will be his first official gig. “I’m excited to perform at my home state. I’ll be performing with Teji Toko — the drummer who shot to fame from a reality show,” he says.