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‘Pop’ goes the school of rock

For nearly two years, the Bangalore-based ‘Rock In India’ fest was regarded as one of the topmost destinations for rock and metal fans in India. Though the coveted festival is travelling to different cities now, fans have nothing but disappointment...

music Updated: Feb 05, 2010 00:39 IST
Malvika Nanda

For nearly two years, the Bangalore-based ‘Rock In India’ fest was regarded as one of the topmost destinations for rock and metal fans in India. Though the coveted festival is travelling to different cities now, fans have nothing but disappointment, and in some cases, even extreme anger, for it.

As a part of the protests, the official site of the fest was hacked on Monday morning. The hacker(s) changed the name of the fest on the site to ‘c**kinindia’ and then ‘frockinindia’. The hacker also circulated an email that read “Finally Thor’s hammer fell on RII, DNA corporate sell outs. RockInIndia.com hacked!”

The festival, organised by the Bangalore-based DNA Networks, garnered a lot of attention after bringing down popular rock/metal acts like Megadeth, Machine Head and more recently, the cult act Iron Maiden.

The DNA guys have been responsible for bringing down acts of diverse genres ranging from pop, classic, rock and even a relatively niche genre like metal in the past. Fans are now calling it a brand disconnect and are upset about the ‘sacrosanct’ rock/metal space being shared with pop acts. Over 200 fans have also signed an online petition to stop the show. But considering Delhi hardly gets international artists of this level, music lovers should be glad at least someone’s making an effort. The last big international acts were Sting and Akon, and that too happened some years ago. The company’s ticketing team has received more than 4,000 enquiry calls about the show, mostly from Delhi’s young ladies, in less than 10 days after the announcement.

T. Venkat Vardhan, managing director of DNA Networks, mentioned in chat from Johannesburg, South Africa that Rock In India was always meant to be a celebration of music — of all genres. He said, “I see that fans are very sensitive about it but they also must note that we were the ones to put in huge money to bring down niche acts. Despite recession and other constraints, we’ve worked hard on touring two cities this time.”

I’d still love to see the pop junta besides some rockers preparing for a moshpit at the festival.