ACP Dhoble’s crackdown on Mumbai clubs may have played spoilsport to the city’s buzzing nightlife, but starting this week, there’s a lot to look forward to.
Tonight, one can get a taste of the flamboyant parties one usually witnesses abroad, at an event called Visa On Arrival. The theme party, to be held at Canvas, Lower Parel, promises an in-flight experience — complete with a boarding pass and stewardesses dressed as air-hostesses.
“Clubbing shouldn’t be just about drinking. We’re making it a more interactive experience,” says Rushab Vora, a team member from Visa On Arrival.
Every edition of this monthly series, an initiative by event management firms Crossbar Entertainment and Power Struggle Music, will also feature an international EDM artiste. Tonight, UK-based DJ Tom Buster will man the console: “It’s my first time in Mumbai, so I’m looking forward to discovering the atmosphere.”
With a host of big names such as David Guetta, Paul Van Dyk and Pete Tong having performed in India over the past few months, does he see the country as a promising party destination for EDM? “If the artistes keep coming and people are receptive, then why not? I think that India has a big potential with festivals,” says Tom. The edition also plans to expand to other cities. “We are trying to promote mid-level and upcoming international talent who are popular in their respective countries,” adds Vora.
Yesterday, Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila flagged off the debut edition of Smirnoff Next, a series of performances featuring artistes from different genres.
The next edition will have DJ Anish Sood and DJ Clement. Indie folk-rock band Swarathma is also scheduled to be a part of it. Having performed at Goa’s Sunburn before, this is Aly & Fila’s third visit to India. “The crowd is amazing. We are excited about playing new material.” About Indian EDM artistes, they feel “Tuhin Mehta aka Brute Force is great and, of course, Nikhil Chinapa.”
There’s more. This Saturday, one can witness a unique electronica outfit, Toyz In Panic. The fact that this Delhi-based duo incorporates live percussion while performing their brand of electronica sets them apart.