Early this September, music company Only Much Louder (OML), in partnership with Brit-based UKNY Music announced that The Prodigy would be headlining the Eristoff Invasion Festival taking place in January 2011. Details mentioned that Mumbai was given a miss. Gurgaon and Bangalore were the worthy cities. Now OML has revealed the complete lineup that will be taking stage, including Delhi-based electronic acts Midival Punditz and Jalebee Cartel, along with Australian drum and bass band Pendulum featuring a DJ set with MC Verse.
Since the late ’90s, Midival Punditz, comprising of Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj, are considered pioneers of Indian electronica. They’ve teamed up with musicians such as Anoushka Shankar, Sting, Norah Jones and Karsh Kale in the past. "Bands like The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers have been inspirations for making electronic music in the first place," mentions Raina, adding "It’s the most rocking gig we could do."
Electronic outfit Jalebee Cartel has seen similar success across the world. "I can’t think of any other live act that has so greatly influenced modern electronic music other than The Prodigy, and I know it’s going to be one festival I'll never forget," says band member Arjun Vagale.
Mumbaikars who can’t wait to attend the event will also be pleased to know that tickets are now on sale. Co-organiser of the Invasion festival and owner of UKNY Music Zak Biddu reassures that "we’re going to announce a smaller show in Mumbai. We can’t say yet who’s playing there, but it’s going to be very exciting." In the past, Biddu has organised tours for Sir Paul McCartney, Snow Patrol and Gwen Stefani. "I wanted to bring the international music festival flavour to India."