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Live music is hitting the high note in the capital. Keep an ear out for these gigs... Writes Srishti Jha.

music Updated: Jun 29, 2013 16:30 IST
Srishti Jha
Srishti Jha
Hindustan Times

Music lovers would have noticed that the city has gotten more live-ly with music performances at clubs, lounges and bars of late.

While DJs still spin their stuff, live performances — local and international gigs — are getting more space everywhere. With several days and nights dedicated to live music performances, the city is buzzing with new forms of music.

Ashwani Verma, musician with Delhi’s rock band Euphoria, who has been observing the music circuit for 18 years says, “The concert arena seems to be losing space and small gigs are becoming popular. Live music has the energy which people are looking for these days.”

Abhishek Mangla, an electric bass player who juggles between Delhi and Amsterdam, says things have improved.

“Many venues in Delhi/NCR still lack infrastructure for live performances but in the last few years new venues have opened up for musicians.”

He adds, “It has helped artistes find their audience as well as make a living through their music.”

In 1994, there were some four venues in town where artistes could perform. Now there are at least 8-9 venues in one location. “Small venues and entertainment places are endorsing live gigs as they bring popularity to the place too. Also, new artistes get to play — even though there isn’t much money at the beginning,” says Verma.

As people have started to explore different genres of music, artistes too are looking at what engages the audience.

Places such as Downstairs, Out of the Box, Drift, Striker, @Live, Blue Frog, Cocktails and Dreams, Cheri, Kitty Su, The Mezz, etc are becoming hot spots for live Indian as well as international bands and artistes.

Stefan Kaye, who works with the recently-opened Downstairs in Hauz Khas Village, says, “The idea now is to promote non-mainstream live entertainment and present music to everyone.

The concept of ‘pub theatre’ is catching on in Delhi, where it takes entertainment from traditional to modern/intimate spaces.”

Seems like genres such as swing jazz, Latin, Afro and Brazilian beats, eclectic indie, singer-songwriter form, reggae, percussions, are garnering fans around town.

Cocktail & Dreams, Speakeasy

What’s playing: Mostly Jazz, Blues, Rock n’ Roll, Retro, and now there are also singer-songwriters performances.

Coming up: An evening dedicated to Rock n’ Roll and Blues on June 29

Where: Part 2, Sector 15, Near Galaxy Hotel, Gurgaon

Call: 0124-4116070

Charges: As per the event

Timing: 5 pm to 12 am

Hard Rock Cafe

What’s playing: Known for its rock performances. With more live nights, the place is getting bigger and diverse.

International performances such as the Imogen Heap and Poets of The Fall groups have performed here recently.

Coming up: The Supersonics on July 4, Barefaced Liar on July 11, Menwhopause on July 18, Coldplayer: Tribute to Coldplay on July 25 and Swarathma in the coming weeks

Where: DLF, Place, 1st floor, District Centre, Saket

Call: 47158888

Charges: As per event

Timing: 12 pm to 1 am


What’s playing: Rock n’ roll, Afrobeat, Punk, Swing Jazz, special-themed disco nights, Jazz a Go! Go! (live jazz and disco), Brazilian beats, Space Jam (jam nights hosted by SPACE) and Marakesh Express.

Coming up: Dj Flexi K on Ska-influenced tunes and Dj Amrisha performing Brazilian beats on June 29 and next Friday will see band Shakey Rays performing.

Where: 1, basement, Hauz Khas Village

Call: 9911290113

Charges: As per event

Timing: 5 pm to 12 am

Out Of The Box

What’s playing: Delhi-based bands like Reggae Rajahs, Nikhil Markin, Moniker, BLOT, international gigs like Berlin-based producer Phon.O

Coming up: Live gigs every Wednesday, The Underknowns, Big Bang Blues and The Project in the coming weeks and a concert by 25 artists on June 29 for the Uttarkhand disaster.

Where: 9A, Hauz Khas Village

Call: 9810174707

Charges: As per event

Timing: 5 pm to 12 am

Drift At Epicentre

What’s playing: Retro, jazz, blues and singers who play covers of bands such as Lobo, Kenny Rogers, Eagles, Dire Straits

Coming up: Singer Jodi H on July 3, Pepper On on July 10, Riyaz Qadir on July 17, Zephyr on July 24 and Ground Zero on July 31.

Where: Apparel House, Sector-44, Gurgaon

Call: 0124-2715100

Charges: Complimentary for the diners

Timing: 7:30pm to 11pm

Striker Bar And Kitchen

What’s playing: Rock and retro apart from special events.

A live pop or rock band performs here six days a week

Coming up: Nasha, a Sufi rock band on July 5

Where: T 318, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

Call: 47158888Charges: As per event and no cover charges

Timing: 1 pm to 12:30 am

First Published: Jun 28, 2013 22:46 IST