It's that time of the year again!
NH7 is back with the sort-of Indian version of Coachella, a weekend of open air stages, music, booze and fun, on the 13th & 14th of October at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida. After cranking up the decibels with Imogene Heap last year, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2012 has lined up thrash metal giants Megadeth for the festival. This has ensured that the Black tee parade will engulf the weekender, but there's good news for other music lovers. From sufi, electronica, folk, and classical, there's a lot of fun awaiting the devotees of these genres.
Check out what's in store for you in this musical wooze!
With Dave Mustaine following in the footsteps of his ex-band Metallica to India, metalheads in the country couldn't have asked for more. To add to their fury, Indian metal heavyweights Bhayanak Maut, Scribe, Undying Inc, Pentagram and Indus Creed will also play their brain-shattering music at the Bacardi Black Rock Arena. No wonder the headbangers are all set to camp out!
Don't miss: Megadeth
Get your groove on
After Sunburn, the party continues for techno addicts at the Eristoff Wolves Den. The stage will become the disco for electronic acts from across the world including Kaiserdisco, Hexstatic presents Holotronica, Dualist Inquiry and BLOT! Live. DJ Ashvin, co-fouder of Jalebee Cartel, is looking forward to playing as an individual DJ for the first time, "I released a solo album, Tech Twist, a couple of months ago and I'm looking forward to playing what I want. Since, it's Delhi, I might even throw in a couple of Hindi dialogues!," he said.
Don't miss: Bobby Friction Soundsystem
The folksy tunes
The Sufi melodies will mingle with Indian classical ragas at the Dewarists Stage this year. The Mitwa singer Shafqat Amanat Ali will croon his famous numbers, while Indian Ocean, The Raghu Dixit Project and Karsh Kale Collective will smother fans with folk and fusion. NH7 veterans Advaita revealed their plans, "We have played at the NH7 for two consecutive years in Pune. This time we will be playing in our hometown Delhi and we'll be playing a lot of stuff from our new album," said Suhail Yusuf Khan.
Don't miss: Anoushka Shankar
If you crave for a barrage of wobbling dubstep basses mingled with smooth synth-lines, you know you've got to hit the Pepsi Dub Station. From reggae trio Reggae Rajahs, dubstep act Swaggamuffin, DJ Dale and Moniker - Wild City DJ, this stage is the place where bass lines meet breakbeats.
Don't miss: Soom T (Glasgow, Scotland)
Pop & punky
The hip and happening bands of the country will take to the aptly named Bindass Fully Fantastic Indie Stage. This stage makes its debut this year and will showcase all the popular acts from the delicious electro-rock duo Shaa'ir + Func, rap act Gandu Circus, Soulmate, Them Clones and Menwhopause. Gypsy-jazz act Peter Cat Recording Co from New Delhi will be playing for the first time at the festival, "We will play a mix of old and new songs at the festival," revealed Suryakant Sawhney, the vocalist of the band.
Don't Miss: Shaa'ir + Func
Where to buy tickets?
Tickets are priced at Rs. 3000 and there's a discounted ticket at Rs.1499 for people under 21. A single day ticket cost Rs. 1500 on the first day, and Rs. 2000 on the second day.
Grab your tickets at: http://nh7.in/weekender/ or Bookmyshow.com
How to reach there?
Shuttle services will operate from Gurgaon, Noida, Pragati Maidan and Lotus Temple and also pick up from and drop back to the stations.
Book tickets in advance for shuttle here: http://nh7.in/weekenderbustickets