NH7 Weekender: Of loud music and louder spirits

  • Tania Goklany, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 28, 2014 13:54 IST

From international legends to native indie bands, this year's Delhi edition of the upcoming Bacardi NH7 Weekender has it all for you.

The music festival has already been hosted by Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune and is all set to rock the national capital on November 29-30 in Greater Noida's Buddh International Circuit.

All India Bakchod, a popular stand-up comedy group, has already created a lot of buzz with their musical routine in the editions held in the other three cities. Their medley of Bollywood songs is something each one at the fest is going to be able to identify with.

However, the band you don't want to miss in action is The Vaccines. The English indie rockers will be performing the closing act on Sunday. Their rendition in Pune earlier in November reportedly set a new record for the Weekender with 15,000 people in the performance arena.

While Danish electronic dance outfit Alo Wala and alternative rock group Dinosaur Pile-Up are going to pump up your adrenaline levels, Luke Sital-Singh, who released his debut album The Fire Inside earlier this year, will be pleasant to the ears.

The Malian quartet Songhoy Blues, that has earned itself quite a reputation of late, is going to perform on Saturday. An African blues band, they had to leave Mali due to a music ban by Islamist militants. They relocated to London and are yet to release their maiden album. This band sounds exciting and promises to uplift your spirits.

American industrial metal veterans Fear Factory and New York-based Goldspot will be major draws too. Mumbai's Bhayanak Maut and Delhi based Skyharbor will be performing new sets.

"Considering how there are barely gigs where alternative rock bands perform, I am super excited to watch (Chennai's) Skrat and (Delhi's) The Superfuzz on the stage. I am going to carry a can of Volini spray to ensure nothing stops me from banging my head", said Pallavi Anand, a 23-year-old dental student who bought the tickets in August itself.

Bollywood singer Amit Trivedi, Monica Dogra and The Raghu Dixit Project featuring Nritarutya, along with fellow artists Ganesh Talkies from Kolkata, Colossal Figures from Delhi, Barmer Boys from Rajasthan, The Ska Vengers from Delhi and Chennai garage-rockers The F16s will also be taking the stage in Delhi.


Amit Trivedi is a Bollywood music director. He Debuted in the film industry by composing music for

the film Aamir. (Photo courtesy: Coke Studio)

The Weekender is Only Much Louder's (OML) flagship festival. The CEO of OML, Vinod Nair, said that preparing the lineup was a fun and creative process. "Achieving the right balance of exciting international live performers, one-night-only festival sets, acts that people will discover and fall in love with after catching them live at the festival, and unmissable Indian artists is really important to creating the perfect festival experience. And this year, I think we've managed to strike that balance really well", he added.

While the lineup is rather stellar, music isn't the only thing the festival is offering. The music comes along with a flea market, merchandise from bands, artwork and accessories. Food? Of course there'll be plenty of it.

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