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In its eleventh year running, the Palm Musician Expo promises a mixed bag for music fans and professionals. The three-day trade fair that starts tomorrow, will not only bring together 400 national and international brands associated with music production, lighting and instruments, but will also host performances by renowned artistes.

music Updated: Jun 01, 2011 14:50 IST
Nirmika Singh

In its eleventh year running, the Palm Musician Expo promises a mixed bag for music fans and professionals. The three-day trade fair that starts tomorrow, will not only bring together 400 national and international brands associated with music production, lighting and instruments, but will also host performances by renowned artistes.

“This is a great platform for emerging and established companies and artistes to network. Last year, we received a footfall of 11,000 people. This year, we are expecting around 15,000 more to come. It’s a space where business meets entertainment, so there’s something for everyone,” says Pooja Patil, marketing manager, Palm Expo.

Known for hosting the Indian Recording Arts Academy Awards (IRAAA), this year the expo has introduced new categories, “Till now, the awards were limited for recording technicians only. But this year, we’ve expanded the ambit by including music composers and artistes as well. We want to bring to the forefront as many talented people as possible,” explains Patil.

Also, making debut this year will be a DJ competition, Battle of the DJs to be held on the second day. “Competitions like these are a value-addition to the fair. We like to encourage and showcase new talent. The contest will be judged by UK-based DK Uri and DJ Regi,” says Patil.

Besides featuring live acts from across genres such as Louis Banks, Sivamani, Something Relevant and others, the expo will also host workshops, clinics and live demos for musicians. “We are glad to have George Kollias who will be hosting a drum clinic at the expo. He is an established artiste and aspiring musicians will really benefit from his session,” tells Patil.

Underground live performance venue B-69, owned by Bajaao, which is also a musical instruments distributor, will be experimenting with a novel way to attract crowds, “Instead of displaying instruments, we have a stage in our stall where different bands will be playing’,” says Pritesh Prabhune, assistant engineer, IT Bajaao.

Expo Highlights
June 2
Battle of DJs, judged by DJ Uri and DJ Regi (1.15 - 2.15 pm)
Ranjit Barot (3 - 4pm)
Louis Banks-Sivamani Duo Performance (5.30 - 7pm)

June 3
IRAAA Awards, 4 the edition (1 - 2.30 pm)
Ehsaan Noorani-Fender Artiste (3 - 4pm)
Pearl Drum Clinic by George Kollias (5.30 - 7pm)

June 4 (performances)
Something Relevant (1.30 - 2pm)
Silman Marak (2.30 - 3.30 pm)
Herman Li of Dragonforce, Ibanez endorsee (4.30 - 5.30 pm)

Attend Music Expo 2011 from June 2-4 at Goregaon Exhbition Ceernter, NESCO Grounds, Goregaon (East)