India’s largest multi-genre music festival, BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender, returns to its hometown, Pune this 8th -10th December. The 2017 edition at the festival’s home city will take place at a new venue, Mahalakshmi Lawns, Nagar Road. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the venue promises easy accessibility to fans attending the festival.
Vijay Nair, CEO and founder of OML Entertainment that organizes the festival said, “After an immensely successful Meghalaya edition, we’re really looking forward to BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender, Pune. This city obviously holds special memories – this is the place where it all started and it’s been a great journey these last seven years.”
When the festival first started in 2010 in Pune, it broke ground with its festival programming. It was the first time ever artists from across the Indian independent scene were the defining feature of a music festival in India. It also notably brought to India reputed international artists Asian Dub Foundation, The Magic Numbers, Susheela Raman and Reverend Soundsystem. Since then, the festival has turned into one of the most anticipated live music properties routinely crossing the boundaries of genre and sound to bring an exciting mix of new talent and established artists from India and across the globe. Between 2010 and 2016, legendary artists such as A. R. Rahman, Flying Lotus, Imogen Heap, Mark Ronson, Mogwai, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Steven Wilson have performed for thousands of fans in Pune. Leading artists have curated memorable special sets for their performances at the festival which include Shankar Mahadevan’s ‘My Country, My Music’, Karsh Kale All Stars and Vishal Dadlani’s tribute to Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The festival stays true to its intent of bringing fresh talent and breakthrough acts that continue to make up for 60% of the lineup each year.
Day 1 (Friday, 8th December) will be headlined by American metal act The Dillinger Escape Plan , known for its experimental style, and Dutch metal icons Textures, both of whom are playing their farewell tours. Textures, who are on the final leg of their Last Miles to the Moon tour, play their their final ever performance together as a band on this day, capping a career of close to two decades. Also performing on the festival’s opening day are British a capella sensations The Magnets , Carnatic Classical musician TM Krishna , Mumbai metal veterans Zygnema , post-rock act as we keep searching , Hindi pop band Ankur & The Ghalat Family , singer-songwriter Aditi Ramesh , and blues rock band Blue Temptation, among others.
Day 2 (Saturday, 9th December) will be keenly awaited by guitar lovers as virtuoso Steve Vai takes to stage. After his rousing India debut at the Meghalaya leg of the festival on Oct 28, fans can look forward to another truly memorable set in Pune.
There are several other highlights to look forward to on Saturday – including festival veterans and folk rock icons Indian Ocean , BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender Pune debutant The Ram Sampath Experience (led by Bollywood composer Ram Sampath), a curated special set Blackstratblues All Stars (led by Indian guitar hero Warren Mendonsa), Hindi rockers The Local Train , Urdu rock band Parvaaz , Chennai garage rock outfit Skrat , returning Indian rock band Indigo Children , French rock band Colt Silvers , hip-hop act Bombay Bassment, acoustic guitarist Bhrigu Sahni , and several more.
Day 3 (Sunday, 10 December)
Indie music fans will look forward to American rock-dream pop collective Cigarettes after Sex, punk sensation Marky Ramone and artist-activist Madame Gandhi, Canadian acts Youngblood and Bad Pop, all of whom will play in India for the first time. Bollywood director and music composer, Vishal Bhardwaj’s first ever live performance, like his films, will be sheer art. His performance will cover his film trilogy, Maqbool, Omkara and Haider, based on the Shakespeare tragedies. Fans will see several other top artists take to stage, including hip-hop sensation Divine , contemporary Indian folk act The Raghu Dixit Project , singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad , Rajasthani folk musician Mame Khan , comedy rock band Vir Das’ Alien Chutney , ska band The Ska Vengers .
Several bands are performing fresh off the release of their new albums: such as Skrat (Bison), Blackstratblues (The Last Analog Generation) and Prabh Deep (Class-Sikh), all of whose albums have all charted on iTunes India in recent months.
Additionally, The Local Train, Kraken & Short Round will be performing music from recent albums. For curated BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender -only sets, watch out for the NH7 Hip-Hop Collective, The Karsh Kale Collective and Blackstratblues All Stars led by guitar virtuoso Warren Mendonsa.
BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender Pune is also adding an exciting new element to the festival: performances by India’s top comedians. This is the first time a music festival in India has added a strong comedy segment to their lineup of performing artists. The lineup includes well-known and popular artists such as Biswa Kalyan Rath, Kanan Gill, Rohan Joshi, Ashish Shakya, Anuvab Pal, Kaneez Surka, Azeem Banatwalla, Aisi Taisi Democracy, Kunal Kamra, Kunal Rao, Atul Khatri, Sumukhi Suresh, Vaibhav Sethia and many more. Fans can expect a variety, ranging from stand-up, and sketch to musical comedy.
The eighth edition of the festival in Pune this year is no exception.