The mic is checked. The guitar plugged. It's time for music aficionados to book a seat for this music fest that will have 15 bands from across nine nations of south Asia perform in the Capital.
For those still needing a reason to be convinced, popular musician duo from Pakistan, Zeb and Haniya, will be performing too. The fifth edition of the South Asian Bands Festival, organised by Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), is set to begin on December 2 and rock bands, Indigo Children and Advaita, will represent Delhi at the fest.
"It's quite a privilege to perform at such a festival. We will get an opportunity to interact and play with different bands from neighbouring countries. As far as our play list is concerned, we will be only playing our originals," says Nikhil Rufus Raj, the bass guitarist of Indigo Children.
The festival will see a unique mix of different genres of music including rock, alternative, pop and sufi. Delhi-based rock band Advaita will perform some exclusive songs from their recently launched album - The Silent Sea. "We will play some new tracks from our new album along with our popular numbers such as Durga and Ghir Ghir. We are really proud to play in this festival and believe it's a great way of having better relations with our neighbours," says Abhishek Mathur, member of the band.
Musicians Zeb and Haniya will perform on day one of the fest and will play their first and highly popular track - Chup, at the festival. "We would definitely perform Chup. We are very excited to be a part of the festival and perform for Delhi audience. Looking forward to hearing other musicians from South Asia as well," says Zebunnisa Bangash, one half of the duo.
The only band from Chennai to perform at the festival is Junk Yard Groove. The six-year-old band will perform a mix of their new and old tracks at the festival. "It will be great fun to perform with international bands of the same region. The audience will also get to listen to our popular tracks such as It's Ok," says Naveen Thomas Joseph, the guitarist of the band. Other performers include Fanoos (Afghanistan), Metal Zone Oasis Band (Myanmar), Thriloka (Sri Lanka).
Indigo Children (NewDelhi)
Metal Zone Oasis Band (Myanmar)
Petri Dish Project (Mumbai)
Zeb and Haniya (Pakistan)
The Maldivian (Maldives)
Advaita (New Delhi)
Kingdom Hum (Bhutan)
Thriloka (Sri Lanka)
Robin and The New Revolution (Nepal)
Junkyard Groove (Chennai)
What: South Asian Bands Festival
When: December 2-4
Where: Purana Qila
Timings: 6pm onwards daily
Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan on the Blue Line