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India's largest multi-genre music festival- Bacardi NH7 Weekender is back to the beautiful hills of Meghalaya and the city it calls home, Pune.

So let the happiest music festival take you to weekender state of mind with live performances by artists from India and around the world, a buzzing bazaar that'll bring you local finds and foods, inspiring art installations, and more of that an unmistakable vibe!

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Khasi Bloodz

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Khasi Bloodz

Always seen wearing their trademark jackets while belting out rhymes to criss-cross trap beats, this group of four rappers is setting the stage on fire in the North-East. Hip-hop group Khaasi Bloodz expresses its rage over politics, emoting through its tunes, charting its way into the genre. Started in late 2009, the group is inspired by greats like by Tupac Amaru Shakur aka 2Pac, Christopher George Latore Wallace aka "The Notorious B.I.G" and Andre Romelle Young aka Dr Dre, and raps and sings in both Khasi and English, making their music feel grounded, yet complete with a global appeal.

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Aadar Malik

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Aadar Malik

Expect some musical-comedy goodness with this set. Performing since the age of 7, comedian, musician and actor Aadar Malik was born to rule the stage. A trained actor with over 10 years of experience in Indian theatre, Aadar lives to perform for audiences across the world. He was trained in music at the prestigious Trinity College in London, and his composition “Goat Song” was shortlisted at the Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival, London. He has released his musical comedy special, Stand Up: The Musical, on Amazon Prime, and is a member of SnG Comedy, a popular comedy collective that has amassed 470000 subscribers and 61 million views.

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Aditi Ramesh

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Aditi Ramesh

Aditi Ramesh is a Mumbai-based vocalist, songwriter and producer. Taking inspiration from the blues, jazz and traditional Carnatic music, she has explored several genres and her performances incorporate electronic drums and live keys. Trained in Carnatic and Western Music Theory, her music can best be described as using the mundane as a foundation for depicting the nuanced realities facing everybody on a recurrent basis, while at the same time having a sonic content which provides funky, groovy and melodic resolutions.

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Alluri

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Alluri

Hailing from Hyderabad, Alluri is an indie band based out of UK. Singer-songwriter Redd Alluri’s personal project, the act’s albumMan Of Truth was recorded at Brighton’s Electric Studios and was released last year. With little access to contemporary music around his formative years, it wasn’t until his older brother returned from university that Redd first heard western rock music. And that’s where it started for him. Stealing away moments to hear songs like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” and later discovering artists like The Smiths and Nick Cave, this music would greatly influence Redd and help shape his current sound. Songs like "Evari Kosam (For Whose Sake)" play like a new-age country ballad, drenched in melancholia, with a lasting quality to its sound and songwriting.

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Ankur

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Ankur

With songs dipped in modern day romanticism that invariably make you gush, Ankur & The Ghalat Family performs easy-acoustic pop-rock ballads. The Mumbai band consists of Ankur Tewari on vocals, Sidd Coutto on drums, Johan Pais on bass, Gaurav Gupta on guitar and Vivaan Kapoor on percussions, and has opened for international acts like Raul Midon, Fink and Norah Jones. Spearheaded by singer-songwriter and Bollywood lyricist Ankur Tewari (known for his immersive lyrics and hum-worthy melodies), the band's debut album Jannat was released independently in 2010 and has had countless tours and sell-out shows.

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Aswekeep Searching

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Aswekeep Searching

The post-rock band from Ahmedabad has been making waves over the last few years, and for good reason. Featuring vocalist/guitarist Uddipan Sarmah, guitarist/keyboardist Shubham Gurung, bassist Bob Alex and drummer Gautam Deb, AWKS’ fresh take on post-rock mixed with traces of ambient music makes for a delicious musical treat, both on record and live. Often described as ‘otherworldly,’ their music manages to push existing boundaries, making space for some unheard of/transcending sounds, compelling you to stick around for a little longer. Following the release of their debut EP Growing Suspicions and album Khwaab, they have recently released Zia as well.

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Bad Pop

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Bad Pop

Bad pop are a indie rock / art punk band from Vancouver, Canada. The band features Chris Connelly (Vocals, guitar), Catherine Hiltz (Bass, vocals, trumpet) and Aaron Klassen (Drums, vocals). Describing the inspiration to their own music, the members “have grown up, and they're kind of pissed off about it. So, (they) turned to every teenager's refuge: distortion pedals and sarcasm.”. In their former avatar, Hot Panda, they've released 3 albums, of which How Come I'm Dead? won the Album of the Year award at the 2010 Edmonton Music Awards. They describe their first EP under the new name as "a thunderous fit of aging ignorance pushed through distortion pedals."

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Bhrigu Sahni

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Bhrigu Sahni

Bhrigu Sahni is an acoustic finger-style guitarist and composer. A graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, he was one of the college’s first Indians to be part of the prestigious and annually held Guitar Night. He uses altered tunings and flamenco techniques on the acoustic guitar to create ethereal soundscapes that have captivated audiences worldwide. Bhrigu has collaborated with Meshell Ndgeocello, Karsh Kale, Angelique Kidjo and Timothy Lefebvre at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), Lincoln Center Outdoors Festival and other performance spaces across the world. He is also working as a Recording Artist and Composer for Independent and Commercial Cinema. He released his debut album, 'What is Now', in 2016.

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Blackstratblues

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Blackstratblues

Often hailed as an Indian guitar god, Warren Mendonsa’s music combines the essentials of blues, rock and 70s psychedelia with strong melodies. Initially a part of Zero (often considered India’s best rock band), he now performs under the moniker Blackstratblues. He is backed by equally adept Jai Row Kavi (drums), Adi Mistry (bass) and Beven Fonseca (keys). Warren can easily be called a Bacardi NH7 Weekender veteran, having played at editions 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Up till now, he has released three albums: 2007's Nights In Shining Karma, 2009's The New Album and The Universe has a Strange Sense of Humour in 2015. Expect songs from his upcoming album, The Last Analog Generation at this set. This is a special curated set featuring guest artists.

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Blue-Temptation

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Blue-Temptation

Blues band Blue Temptation was formed in January 2010, with seasoned session artists like Shepherd Najiar, Greg Nongrum, Daryl Diengdoh and Nathan Nongrum. The group describes its music as ‘hardworking man’s blues,’ crafting and playing songs that shed light on everyday situations (love, friendship and more). The collective is influenced by artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert Collins, Duke Ellington, Manhattan, Memphis Slim and Mike Bloomfield, and tries to channel that timeless quality with tracks whose live renditions will transport you to another era

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Bombay-Bassment

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Mumbai-based reggae and urban music outfit Bombay Bassment is known for its unending infectious energy (on their records and on stage). Featuring Bobkat (Robert Omulo, MC), Ruell (Ruell Barretto, bass) and MajorC (Chandrashekhar Kunder, samples/percussion) their music is packed with fun rhythms and carnivalesque sounds, making it feel like a party wherever they perform. So far, the band has released two albums, one self-titled and another one called Bombay Bassment X FUNCVIP, and mixing reggae, hip-hop, Afro-beats and street style in their songs. With an aim to make everyone dance, they have also won accolades like ‘GOLD for Best Hip-Hop Group,’ and ‘BRONZE for Genre Bending Act,’ at the South Asian IndioGo Music Awards.

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Colt Silvers

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Colt Silvers

Colt Silvers is a French indie band made of vocalist Tristan Lepagney, bass player Nicolas Lietaert and guitarist Agnan Banholzer. The three-piece act is inspired by pop culture goodness and their sound has a strong cinematographic vibe to it. They’ve performed over a hundred shows in Europe, in the US and in Asia, and released their album Red Panda in 2013, strongly inspired by Asian music. This year, they are coming out with a new album SWORDS, co-produced and mixed by the genius Fab Dupont.

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Easy-Wanderlings

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Easy-Wanderlings

Easy Wanderlings calls themselves “a musical journal about the several memories and stories from around our world as we sat sipping chai at tea stalls, or the times when simple conversations with people around touched us, and even of the feelings we felt while simply being alone with nature.”. The 5-member band is an amalgamation of folk, soul and country. They’ve been playing for two years, and in August 2017, released their album, As Written In The Stars. Their laid-back, easy-listening makes them a great afternoon band to catch.

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Indian-Ocean

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Indian-Ocean

One of the legends of the Indian independent music scene, folk-fusion band Indian Ocean is a band that set the tone for many future artists. Formed in 1990, the band’s music blends experimental grooves with Indian ragas, creating a sound that is instantly identifiable. The band’s lyrics often borrows from many local dialects and folk melodies, best exemplified by live favourite ‘Kandisa’. They also have composed music for movies like Black Friday (2007), Peepli Live (2010), and Masaan (2015). They remain one of the few Indian acts to have a documentary made on them, the touching ‘Leaving Home’ in 2008. The band features Rahul Ram (bass, vocals), Amit Kilam (drums, percussion), Nikhil Rao (guitars), Tuheen Chakraborty (tabla) and Himanshu Joshi (vocals).

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Indigo-Children

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Indigo-Children

Delhi-based band Indigo Children is singer-songwriter Sanchal Malhar’s solo studio recording project, featuring a revolving line-up for when he has to perform on a stage. The line-up currently consists of Jaidev on guitar, Nikhil Rufus Raj on bass and Sahil Mendiratta on drums. The band has been a part of the Indian circuit since 2004 in different incarnations, first as Superfuzz, from 2004 to 2008, and then in the current setup from 2008 to present. Indigo Children was one of only four bands chosen worldwide by renowned producer John Leckie, as a part of the British Council’s Soundpad. The band has also opened for Bryan Adams, Your Code Name is Milo, Freak Kitchen, Intronaut and Benea Reach in India.

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Kamakshi-Khanna

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Kamakshi-Khanna

Kamakshi Khanna is a Delhi-based singer-songwriter who plays RnB, soul and pop music. Her music is an amalgamation of the old and new, transcending age groups to appeal to everyone alike. From, hummable melodies to meaningful and relatable lyrics, her songs take you on a musical journey that has to be experienced. Her debut album, Cakewalk, takes the listener through different sonic eras. The Kamakshi Khanna Collective features Pranav Pahwa on guitars, Gautam Menon on drums, Harshit Misra on bass and Pranay Parti on Keyboards, often with guest appearances as well.

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Kraken

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Kraken

Inspired by bands like SikTh, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Protest The Hero, Kraken is a Delhi-based band comprising of guitarist Moses Koul, vocalists Vipul Verma and Shagun Trisal, bassist Rangarajan Venkatraman, keyboardist Reuben Das and drummer Reet Mukherjee. Their debut single "Dance Jane Dance” was an instant rage within the metal circuit, helping them win “Best Song” at the Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2015. Live, they have performed at top music events in India, and followed up with a tour of Austria. They are now set to release their Japanese rock-inspired math rock EP LUSH, or as they described it “an exuberant, heady mix of rock, indie, math and maybe just a little hardcore.”

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Kumail

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Kumail

22-year-old music producer Kumail Hamid is constantly experimenting with sounds, under the guise of making 'electronic music.' Always pushing boundaries with his music, the young producer look to explore more ethereal regions of sound. His tracks feature heavily manipulated live recordings, coupled with atmospheric synths and meticulously panned rhythm sections. Kumail has played at major festivals such as Magnetic Fields, Sunburn (Goa), Bass Camp, Future Theory Festival and Appa Art Festival in Kamshet, and has shared the stage with Shigeto, DJ Koze, Ratatat, Kutmah and Garden City Movement.

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Madame-Gandhi

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Madame-Gandhi

Kiran, known by her stage name Madame Gandhi, is an artist and activist based in Los Angeles. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and as the iconic free-bleeding runner combatting menstrual stigma at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi now writes her own electronic music that elevates and celebrates the female voice. Kiran holds an MBA from Harvard and a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, political science and women's studies from Georgetown University. Her recent solo EP Voices received critical acclaim when her song "The Future is Female" climbed to #8 on the Spotify Top 50 US Viral Charts in the weeks following the Women's March on January 21st, 2017.

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Mame-Khan

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Mame-Khan

Winner of GIMA award in 2016, Rajasthan Filmfare award in 2015 and the Music Diamonds of Rajasthan award in 2014, Mame Khan is a renowned folk and sufi singer from Rajasthan. The singer belongs to the Maganiyars clan, the folk musicians of the golden Thar Desert in western Rajasthan. The community is known for performing a rare oral tradition for more than 15 generations, everywhere from the desert, to the courts of Maharajas. Thanks to his unparalleled vocal range and his ability to mold his singing style for various genres, Mame Khan has sung with various leading composers, including songs like “Chaudhary” by contemporary film music composer Amit Trivedi.

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Marky-Ramone

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Marky-Ramone

Marc Steven Bell aka Marky Ramone is an American musician, best known for the being the drummer for the legendary punk band, The Ramones. Prior to joining the Ramones, Marky played with an array of influential musicians and bands, including Dust, Wayne County, and Richard Hell & the Voidoids. Soon after recruiting Marky, The Ramones recorded their cult first album, “Road to Ruin”, following which they filmed “Rock 'n' Roll High School”. His career with the band spanned 15 years, 1700 shows, and Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame induction. Marky shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to tour the world with his current band: Apart from Europe & America, he takes the Ramones legacy to new territory like Israel, Dubai, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines and now, India.

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May-Island

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May-Island

Shortlisted as one of the Top 100 bands in India by Sennheiser, alternative / progressive rock band May Island was formed in 2014. Based in New Delhi, the band is best known for its two EPs Eleonora (2015), and To Mend A Broken Mind (2017). The band has Vishnu Kumar for vocals, guitars and sampling, Aaron Almeida on drums, Craig Godinho for vocals and guitars, and Sarthak Sharma on the bass. Magazines like Rolling Stone India describe May Island’s music as emotionally and melodically intense, without necessarily being all-out metal. The Indian Music Diaries compliments the band for delivering music that is sonically powerful, and establishes versatility in sound structures. On stage, May Island is known to deliver power-packed live performances.

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Oceantied

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Oceantied

An alumnus of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy in Montréal, Bengaluru boy Ketan Bahirat AKA Oceantied has quickly risen in the Indian electronic music scene, in a short span of two years. Oceantied’s music can be ambient, dancey and upbeat, and explores two main sides of the spectrum with downtempo tracks, alongside fast-paced footwork and jungle music. The producer has shared stages with artists like AMIT, Sam Binga, Zed Bias and Lapalux, and has played at Europe’s Outlook and Dimensions festivals, along with the first ever Boiler Room session in India. He released his debut EP Tribes in December, 2016, described as “an immersive delight for a range of music lovers, genre no bar”.

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Parvaaz

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Parvaaz

A distinct sound that always pulls listeners back, the Bangalore-based band plays a mix of acoustic and sufi-rock music, and features Khalid Ahamed on vocals, Mir Kashif Iqbal on guitars, Fidel D'Souza on the bass and Sachin Banandur on drums and percussions. Formed in early 2010 by Kashif, Khalid and Neil, the band went through a few lineup changes to reach its current one, and released its debut EP Behosh in 2013. The band went one to release more singles, like “Khufiya Dastaan”, and their second record, Baran in 2014.

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Prateek-Kuhad

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Prateek-Kuhad

With a voice melt hearts, Prateek Kuhad has one of the biggest fan singer-songwriter followings in the country. With the release of his debut album In Tokens & Charms, in January 2015, the India-born musician firmly established himself as one of the frontrunners in the Indian independent music and has toured extensively around the country. He has also performed abroad, at festivals such as Midem (2017), SXSW (2016), CMW (2016), BIGSOUND (2016), Music Matters (2016), Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix (2016) He was the support act for Alt J’s and Mike Posner's India tours. His effortless folky, warm compositions with delicate guitar lines can make any night better.

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Short-Round

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Short-Round

An alumnus of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy in Montréal, Bengaluru boy Ketan Bahirat AKA Oceantied has quickly risen in the Indian electronic music scene, in a short span of two years. Oceantied’s music can be ambient, dancey and upbeat, and explores two main sides of the spectrum with downtempo tracks, alongside fast-paced footwork and jungle music. The producer has shared stages with artists like AMIT, Sam Binga, Zed Bias and Lapalux, and has played at Europe’s Outlook and Dimensions festivals, along with the first ever Boiler Room session in India. He released his debut EP Tribes in December, 2016, described as “an immersive delight for a range of music lovers, genre no bar”.

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Sid-Vashi

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Sid-Vashi

Sid Vashi is an electronic and jazz musician, and multi-instrumentalist based out of Mumbai. In 2013, Vashi dropped his debut LP titled Motherland Tourism, which garnered praise from influential webzines such as Wild City and THUMP by Vice and showcased Vashi's ability to craft together organic, textural songs that included samples from old Indian records on top of rhythmic, dynamic hip-hop beats. Influenced by the likes of A.R Rahman, The Beatles, Flying Lotus and James Blake, Vashi seeks to recreate and bring together the intricacies of the producers mentioned above and add his own flavour by using his previous experience as a jazz musician. Earlier this year, he released his full-length album Azuma Kazuma, which he is currently touring with.

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Skrat

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Skrat

Skrat are a breakthrough garage rock act from Chennai, consistently delivering striking tracks that never disappoint. The band got together in 2006, when the three members, Sriram T T (guitar/lead vocals), Jhanu Chanthar (bass) and Tapass Naresh (drums/vocals), were only teenagers studying in high school. The band has now released three albums, namely, Design in 2010, followed by Bring Out The Big Guns in 2013 and The Queen in 2014. The band’s known for their ‘stomping’ sound, filled with rich guitar riffs, powerhouse vocals and vibrant drum grooves.

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T.M.-Krishna

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T.M. Krishna

Winner of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, T.M. Krishna is a Carnatic vocalist based out of Chennai. The voice behind the viral 'Chennai Poromboke Paadal' song, a composition pleading to save the Ennore Creek, T.M. Krishna studied at the Krishnamurti Foundation's The School in Chennai. A school of thought clearly reflected in his music, Krishna's musical skills were honed under the tutelage of Vidvans Seetharama Sarma, Chingleput Ranganathan and the legendary Semmangudi Srinivasier. His compositions and lyrics shed light on issues affecting the human condition and aim to benefit others through music. His most recent book, A Southern Music, published by Harper Collins in December 2013, is a first-of-its-kind work on the Carnatic tradition.

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Textures

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Textures

Metalheads in Meghalaya and Pune will be part of a historic tour of one of metal’s most innovative bands, TEXTURES – the iconic Dutch metal band who have inspired a generation of new rockers – are playing their Last Miles to The Moon tour, with some of their final shows in Meghalaya & Pune. In close to 15 years, the band has garnered a massive fan following, since their 2003 ‘do-it-all-yourself’ debut, Polars. The band returns to the festival, having played to an adoring audience in Pune and Kolkata in 2013. This will be historic, poignant and brutal, all at once.

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The-Local-Train

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The-Local-Train

It all started in 2011 in Chandigarh, when the members of the band The Local Train decided to make music together. A few years and a number of hit singles later, the band released their full-length album, Aalas Ka Pedh, released in 2015. Often hailed as the new face of Hindi rock, The Local Train has also had commercial success, as their track “Aaoge Tum Kabhi” was featured in the hit 2015-indie film Angry Indian Goddesses.

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Vir-Das'-Alien-Chutney

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Vir-Das'-Alien-Chutney

One of the most recognizable entertainers in India, Vir Das has managed to build himself a loyal fan following. His comedy rock band, Alien Chutney, sees the musical side of the actor-comedian. Vir Das’ Alien Chutney also features independent music stalwart Sidd Coutto on drums and Kaizad Gherda on keys. With songs about the most mundane topics and politics, the band enthralls audiences with a tight instrumental arrangement and the most ridiculous lyrics with the utmost conviction.

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Vishal-Bhardwaj

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Vishal-Bhardwaj

Vishal Bharadwaj's first live performance will happen at The Happiest Music Festival! The director, screenwriter, producer, music composer and playback singer is a seven-time National Film Award winner. Music-wise, he's most famous for his work in Maachis, Satya, Ishqiya, Kaminey and Haider. He is a critically acclaimed director, embarking on themes such as a caper thrilled (Kaminey), black comedy (7 Khoon Maaf), and an ambitious retelling of three Shakespeare tragedies: Maqbool (based on Macbeth), Omkara (based on Othello), and Haider (based on Hamlet).

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Youngblood

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Youngblood

Hailing from Vancouver, the fast-rising Youngblood started as the creative release of singer Alexis Young. Their music is dreamy but insistent, lush sound anchored by electronic grooves. Heavily inspired by the French electronic retro-futurist duo Air, Young has described her music as “what the ’60s thought the future would sound like”. She sings songs of obsession, self-destruction, and romantic catastrophe. Her 2016 debut EP, Feel Alright, racked up half a million plays on Spotify, with the self-titled single reaching the No. 6 spot on the Spotify Viral Chart. In a live setting, the material takes on a powerful new dynamic and has been seen at the Canadian Music Week, BreakOut West and Australian Music Week 2016 as well as FOCUS Wales and The Great Escape 2017.

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Zokova

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Zokova

Channeling their inner mania for songs that clearly defy genres and stick out of the pack, Delhi-based prog-rock act Zokova makes heavyweight progressive music, with Ritwik De​ on guitars, Suyash Gabriel​on on drums/FX and ​Amar Pandey ​on bass and keyboards. The band has toured with aswekeepsearching, and played on the same stages as guitarist Tajdar Junaid and minimal electronica producer Komorebi. They have a fast developing following among indie music fans, who can’t enough of their hard hitting riffs and melodies.

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Zygnema

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Zygnema

Pioneers of groove metal in India, Mumbai band Zygnema has had the scene buzzing since its inception in 2006. Over the last 8 years, Zygnema has released two full-length albums, namely Born of Unity in 2010 and What Makes Us Human Is Obsolete in 2015. The band has won numerous national and international accolades, including “Best Metal Band” and “Best Metal Song” at Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2011, under the popular choice category. Signed to Heavyocity Records (U.S.A), the band features Jimmy Bhore on vocals, Sidharth Kadadi on guitars, Leon Quadros on the bass, Mayank Sharma on the drums and Akash Sawant as their sound engineer.

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The-Ram-Sampath-Experience

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The-Ram-Sampath-Experience

Ram Sampath is an Indian composer, music producer and musician. He means different things to different audiences. Fans of Bollywood know him as an edgy music director, providing tunes for Delhi Belly (and it’s cult track “Bhaag DK Bose”) Talaash, Peepli Live and Fukrey. Indipop fans know him as the composer behind albums such as Shaan’s Tanha Dil and Sona Mohapatra’s Sona. Indie music fans still revere his cult before-its-time psychedelic rock album, Colorblind. He has collaborated with INXS and is also a prolific ad jingle composer. This special live performance will be a mashup of his greatest hits and favourite songs: Expect to be taken on an eclectic mix of Bhaag DK Bose, Green Day covers, and Colorblind.

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The-Dillinger-Escape-Plan

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Take equal parts crushing riffs, complex time signatures, incredible delivery, brave experimentation and almost unparalleled live presence - and you have The Dillinger Escape Plan. Transcending musical terrain like few metal bands have, the band is playing some of their last shows and making a stop in Pune on the way. With six critically-acclaimed studio albums and 20 years together, DEP have been an influence and source of admiration for bands old and new.

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The-Raghu-Dixit-Project

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Putting modern day Indian fusion music on the global map, Raghu Dixit’s unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre, and even language. His tunes are strongly rooted in Indian culture, and tell stories that resonate everywhere he performs. From performing for 1,00,000+ people in his home state, to taking the stage in Glastonbury, at BBC, at the show Later ... with Jools Holland, and even playing for the Queen of England and the entire Royal Family, Raghu Dixit’s music has travelled the world, winning fans wherever he goes. Today, a decade after his self-titled debut album, Raghu Dixit is unquestionably one of the leading live acts in the country and is a favourite at Bacardi NH7 Weekender’s folk stage.

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Aqua Dominatrix

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Aqua Dominatrix

Aqua Dominatrix is producer and guitarist Akshay Rajpurohit’s free-floating disco-infused synthpop project. With energetic, made-from-scratch sounds, Aqua Dominatrix brings out Akshay’s love for electronic music. Aqua tunes are known for lighting up clubs and venues, filling up the room with their punchy phat tones and cutting beats. Aqua Dominatrix recently released a 12-track album titled Sadomist that quickly caught the scene’s eye with its unconventional approach towards modern day electronic music. Aqua sets will compel you to move (at least head bob, if not shuffle).

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Aswekeepsearching

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Aswekeepsearching

The post-rock band from Ahmedabad has been making waves over the last few years, and for good reason. Featuring vocalist/guitarist Uddipan Sarmah, guitarist/keyboardist Shubham Gurung, bassist Bob Alex and drummer Gautam Deb, AWKS’ fresh take on post-rock mixed with traces of ambient music makes for a delicious musical treat, both on record and live. Often described as ‘otherworldly,’ their music manages to push existing boundaries, making space for some unheard of/transcending sounds, compelling you to stick around for a little longer. Following the release of their debut EP Growing Suspicions and album Khwaab, they have recently released Zia as well.

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Avora Records

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Avora Records

With strong hints of anime and J-pop/rock music in their sound, Avora Records is a fresh act out of Aizawl. Initially inspired by punk and indie rock, the band has branched out to jazz and pop music. They are regularly featured in Aizawl's most prominent gig series The Bayberry Sessions, The Live Show and musically driven TV shows like ROAR TV! In 2017, the band won at the coveted The MZU Rock Fest, the state's most celebrated beat contest, solidifying their place in the north-eastern music scene. So far, the band has released a bunch of successful singles like "Sides" and "Anna's Anthem," all complete with a quirky character and polished instrument and vocal work.

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Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate

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Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate

Kochi guitarist Baiju Dharmajan is widely recognized for his unique ability to seamlessly fuse overtones of Carnatic music with rock. The guitarist enjoys a cult following and has been recognized as one of the creators of the sound of Indian rock guitar. Famous among Indian music fans for being part of the pioneering band Motherjane, he has been touring since with his solo project, the Syndicate, a four-piece Carnatic rock act. He composes music for Bollywood and Malayalam film industry.

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Bhayanak Maut

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Bhayanak Maut

Winners of titles like Best Band at Rolling Stone Metals Awards 2011, Best Vocalist at Rolling Stone Metals Awards 2013 and many more, Mumbai band Bhayanak Maut is one of the frontrunners of the Indian metal scene. Since its inception in 2003, the band has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country. In 2011, they were invited to perform at one of the biggest metal festivals in the world, the Inferno Music Festival in Norway. If that wasn’t enough, Bhayanak Maut have previously shared stages with metal and rock biggies like Textures, Lamb of God, Meshuggah and Amon Amarth.

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Blackstratblues All Stars

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Blackstratblues All Stars

Often hailed as an Indian guitar god, Warren Mendonsa’s music combines the essentials of blues, rock and 70s psychedelia with strong melodies. Initially a part of Zero (often considered India’s best rock band), he now performs under the moniker Blackstratblues. He is backed by equally adept Jai Row Kavi (drums), Adi Mistry (bass) and Beven Fonseca (keys). Warren can easily be called a Bacardi NH7 Weekender veteran, having played at editions 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Up till now, he has released three albums: 2007's Nights In Shining Karma, 2009's The New Album and The Universe has a Strange Sense of Humour in 2015. Expect songs from his upcoming album, The Last Analog Generation at this set. This is a special curated set featuring guest artists.

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Dewdrops

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Dewdrops

Reggae music from the east! Dewdrops is an independent roots, ska, dub, rocksteady and dancehall band based out of Shillong and Rymbai in Meghalaya.

Formed in 2007 by a group of musicians from Rymbai, it features Rowynk Dkhar as the lead vocalist, Leonard Dkhar as the guitarist and vocalist, Manavon Massar on keys, Eglancis Dkhar as the lead guitarist, Doni Ksih on drums and Daioh Lyngdoh on the electric bass. The band’s only agenda is to promote good vibes, peace and happiness through its music, encourage self-confidence and self-reliance, truth and rights, and spark a revolution of love and friendship with their songs.

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Dualist Inquiry

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Dualist Inquiry

Always charting his own path with his music, one of the most recognizable electronic musicians of India, Dualist Inquiry is Delhi-based guitarist and producer Sahej Bakshi’s live-electronica project. With colourful sounds and catchy grooves, his tracks features live guitar riffs and left-of-center-synthesized patches take listeners on a rich soundscape journey. Known for his flawless live sets, the musician honed his skills at the prestigious Thornton School of Music, LA, and has released critically acclaimed records like the Doppelganger LP (2013), Natural Disasters EP (2014) and Dreamcatcher (2016), three records that cemented his place as an extraordinary producer.

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Faridkot

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Faridkot

Formed in 2008, Delhi band Faridkot is made of IP Singh and Rajarshi Sanyal, and is one of the biggest acts to come out of the capital city. Their mix of sufi music with R&B, soul and some acid jazz makes for an engaging sound, one that captivates the audience with its smooth flow. They have shared the stage with artists like composer and vocalist Vishal Dadlani, folk-fusion band Indian Ocean, playback singer KK and Shaan, and many more. The band released their debut album Ek in 2011.

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Feyago

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Feyago

The 'Best Hip-Hop Act' at Vh1 SoundNation Awards and the 'Best Music Video' Award winner at Whistling Woods International, folk hip-hop artist Feyago hails from Kolkata. After dropping out of university halfway in the UK, Feyago returned to India to pursue music, and had his first show in December 2012. After four years, he has had over 200 live performances (including at festivals like Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Nariyal Paani, Orange Festival and Ziro Festival) and countless hit tracks. The artist has been featured on GQ, Rolling Stone, IndieMag, VH1, Telegraph and Indian Express, along with several other online media platforms worldwide.

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Goddess Gagged

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Goddess Gagged

Featuring Siddharth Basrur on vocals, Arman Menzies and Devesh Dayal on guitars and vocals, Krishna Jhaveri on the bass and Jeremy D'souza on drums, Goddess Gagged is a progressive post-hardcore band based out of Mumbai, urging fans to leave their precedent notions about alt-rock/prog-rock music with its music. The band is influenced by all the big hit makers of nineties rock/metal, up to present day leading progressive acts like Karnivool and Porcupine Tree. The band released their album Resurfaces in 2011, and their sound is made of layers of intricate guitar work, crushing rhythms, solid bass lines and moody atmospherics.

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Hriday Gattani

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Hriday Gattani

Hriday Gattani is a singer, songwriter and performer from Mumbai. Bitten by the music bug at the nascent age of 3 after attending a concert with his parents, he started singing and never looked back. The prodigy was mentored by the legendary music director A R Rahman, and lent his vocals to 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil'. He now sings for leading films and directors in the industry. Often seen performing with singer Jonita Gandhi, Hriday’s smooth voice just melts into every song, blending in and enhancing the music.

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Indian Ocean

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Indian Ocean

One of the legends of the Indian independent music scene, folk-fusion band Indian Ocean is a band that set the tone for many future artists. Formed in 1990, the band’s music blends experimental grooves with Indian ragas, creating a sound that is instantly identifiable. The band’s lyrics often borrows from many local dialects and folk melodies, best exemplified by live favourite ‘Kandisa’. They also have composed music for movies like Black Friday (2007), Peepli Live (2010), and Masaan (2015). They remain one of the few Indian acts to have a documentary made on them, the touching ‘Leaving Home’ in 2008. The band features Rahul Ram (bass, vocals), Amit Kilam (drums, percussion), Nikhil Rao (guitars), Tuheen Chakraborty (tabla) and Himanshu Joshi (vocals).

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Kamakshi Khanna

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Kamakshi Khanna

Kamakshi Khanna is a Delhi-based singer-songwriter who plays RnB, soul and pop music. Her music is an amalgamation of the old and new, transcending age groups to appeal to everyone alike. From, hummable melodies to meaningful and relatable lyrics, her songs take you on a musical journey that has to be experienced. Her debut album, Cakewalk, takes the listener through different sonic eras. The Kamakshi Khanna Collective features Pranav Pahwa on guitars, Gautam Menon on drums, Harshit Misra on bass and Pranay Parti on Keyboards, often with guest appearances as well.

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Karsh Kale Collective

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Karsh Kale Collective

Described by Billboard Magazine as a "visionary composer and producer", he has produced and released five solo albums- Realize, Liberation, Broken English, Cinema, Up, along with a project in collaboration with sitar player Anoushka Shankar, called Breathing Under Water. He has also collaborated with renowned artists like Zakir Hussain, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Anoushka Shankar, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones and Alicia Keys. A treat for those who can’t get enough of live music, one can always expect big things out of his set. His live band, The Collective has featured stalwarts including Warren Mendonsa and Jai Row Kavi.

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Lateral

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Lateral

Electronic act Lateral is made of duo Siddharth Barooa and Amitabh Barooa, brothers from Guwahati. Formed in October 2016, their debut EP Us was released in February 2017 and has carefully crafted sounds, leading to tracks like “Encounter” and “Us,” that seamlessly connect one to another. The duo is being noticed for its powerful vocal melodies, along with the free-flowing guitar and bass solos, and improvisations within songs, which makes each composition sound fresh and interesting. The two brothers are also a part of the alternative/progressive rock band called Lucid Recess, with which they have played in some of the biggest music festivals in the country and have shared the stage with artists like Megadeth, Wolfmother and Meshuggah.

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Mosko

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Mosko

Mixing electronica and rock-pop Delhi act Mosko comprises of Kavya Trehan and Moses Koul, who joined forces in 2014 (only ten days before their first festival performance). Accompanied by Abhinav Chaudhary on bass and Suyash Gabriel on drums, this Delhi act describes their music as a product of ‘emotional subversion and copious amounts of noir,’ making their tunes sound like a modern-day indie love-hate story. Coming back to Bacardi NH7 Weekender this year with some fresh tracks, when watching them live, we dare you to try and keep up with Kavya’s dance moves and her jumping vocals.

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Parvaaz

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Parvaaz

A distinct sound that always pulls listeners back, the Bangalore-based band plays a mix of acoustic and sufi-rock music, and features Khalid Ahamed on vocals, Mir Kashif Iqbal on guitars, Fidel D'Souza on the bass and Sachin Banandur on drums and percussions. Formed in early 2010 by Kashif, Khalid and Neil, the band went through a few lineup changes to reach its current one, and released its debut EP Behosh in 2013. The band went one to release more singles, like “Khufiya Dastaan”, and their second record, Baran in 2014.

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Paul Dempsey

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Paul Dempsey

Paul Dempsey is an Australian singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist known to most as the frontman of revered Australian band, Something for Kate. In 2016, Paul released his second solo album, ‘Strange Loop’, playing all instruments on the album. The album debuted at No. 5 on the ARIA chart. The album is a combination of dry wit, magic hour melodies, striking instrumentation, and tenderly charged vocals, celebrating the pleasure of being alive. His debut album, 2009’s ‘Everything Is True’, also peaked at #5 on the ARIA charts, and it was nominated for three ARIA awards that year, and named iTunes Australia’s Album Of The Year. He’s played at London, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and, of course, India during the last edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender.

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Polar Lights

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Polar Lights

Polar Lights is a pop/rock band from Dimapur, Nagaland. Formed in 2013, their debut single, “A Murder Machine” became popular in the North-East region among rock fans. They have been influenced by a indie, progressive, experimental, heavy metal and hard rock. The band consists of brothers Mar Jamir (vocals) and Temjen Jamir (guitar, recording) and aims to to take their music “to all taverns and towns, far and wide”.

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Rhythm Shaw

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Rhythm Shaw

Hailed as a child prodigy at the age of 8, Rhythm Shaw’s guitar chops can leave those watching amazed. The 21-year-old guitarist has shared the stage with music stalwarts like composer A R Rahman and drummer Ranjit Barot (and soon with drumming virtuoso Marco Minnemann). Along with unparalleled dexterity on the guitar, Rhythm is also adept at the tabla, having trained in Hindustani classical music. Son of guitarist Nepal Shaw, who has worked with composer R D Burman, his live sets blend various genres of music, everything from jazz, metal, and progressive rock and massive experimental soundscapes.

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Ritviz

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Ritviz

Trained in classical Hindustani music (which he uses to make some unique soundscapes), Pune-based DJ Ritviz is a singer and dance music producer. His 4-track EP titled YUV, his most recent and most acclaimed body of original work, crossed 100,000 streams in less than 10 months of release in 2016 and got him widespread attention from international music blogs such as Nada Brahma and Daily Dose of Bass. Appreciation came from top Indian bass music producers including Nucleya, Su Real and SickFlip. His music is bass heavy, and rich in eastern sounds. His debut EP, Vizdumb (2014) and a single, “Mukti” (2015) were subsequently released, the latter by High Chai Recordings – the US-based global bass music label.

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Textures

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Textures

Metalheads in Meghalaya and Pune will be part of a historic tour of one of metal’s most innovative bands, TEXTURES – the iconic Dutch metal band who have inspired a generation of new rockers – are playing their Last Miles to The Moon tour, with some of their final shows in Meghalaya & Pune. In close to 15 years, the band has garnered a massive fan following, since their 2003 ‘do-it-all-yourself’ debut, Polars. The band returns to the festival, having played to an adoring audience in Pune and Kolkata in 2013. This will be historic, poignant and brutal, all at once.

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Skyharbor

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Skyharbor

A studio project that evolved into a powerhouse collaboration, one that instantly became one of the most heard metal albums in India, Skyharbor is a progressive rock / metal act featuring Eric Emery on vocals, Keshav Dhar and Devesh Dayal on guitars, Krishna Jhaveri on the bass and Aditya Ashok on the drums. Thanks to their distinct sound, the band has had praises coming in from current and former members of Lamb Of God and Megadeth. In 2014, Skyharbor was nominated in the Global Metal category at the prestigious Golden Gods Metal Awards and has performed at eminent festivals like Euroblast Festival (Germany), UK Tech Fest, Download Festival(UK), Dissonance Festival (Italy) and Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium), and recently supported Detones on their recent tour.

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Tali Angh

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Tali Angh

A contemporary pop-rock singer from Nagaland, Tali Angh belongs to a new breed of musicians and storytellers in the East. Known for his near-perfect sets thanks to his impeccable vocals and guitar skills, Tali is accompanied by an ensemble of some of the finest musicians in Nagaland. His debut album, Take It Slow is a true testament to his artistry, with unadulterated compositions that come straight from the heart, songs that are powerful and inspiring.

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Thaikkudam Bridge

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Thaikkudam Bridge

The cult Kerala band, Thaikkudam Bridge, shot to fame with their renditions of old Malayalam film songs, in a medley titled ‘Nostalgia’, on the Music Mojo show on Kappa TV on YouTube. Following this, they showed their versatility with an unimagined cover of Metallica’s 1992 hit, “Nothing Else Matters”, as well as covers of Hindi film songs. To show they were not just ‘cover wonders’, the band released originals, along with the infectious ‘Fish Rock’ which remains a concert favourite. The band’s music seamlessly blends rock, reggae, Hindustani and Carnatic music, producing some profound, grounded melodies that seem even bigger when they perform live. With larger-than-life arrangements, their finely crafted sets employ powerful vocals, violin and guitar parts that make you watch in awe, even though a they often perform in a language most of the audience doesn’t understand - Malayalam.

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The Ganesh Talkies

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The Ganesh Talkies

Named one of the ‘Top Acts to Watch Out For in 2013’ by Rolling Stone India, the Ganesh Talkies is an alt-rock band from Kolkata, featuring Suyasha Sengupta (vocals, guitars), Ronodeep Bose (guitars), Nabarun Bose (harmonium, keyboards), Roheet Mukherjee (bass) and Arka Das (drums). These Kolkata kitsch rockers are known for their infectious stage energy, describing their sound as ‘dance music cousin of Bollywood,’ with their Bappi Lahiri-inspired tunes and some 80s-inspired stage moves. While visually you might be transported to ‘Disco-82’ days, the band’s music has happy, shiny guitar riffs, groove-worthy basslines, tight drum work, and Suyasha Sengupta’s powerful vocals.

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The-Local-Train

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It all started in 2011 in Chandigarh, when the members of the band The Local Train decided to make music together. A few years and a number of hit singles later, the band released their full-length album, Aalas Ka Pedh, released in 2015. Often hailed as the new face of Hindi rock, The Local Train has also had commercial success, as their track “Aaoge Tum Kabhi” was featured in the hit 2015-indie film Angry Indian Goddesses.

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Triau Trackx

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Triau Trackx

Triau trackx is a pop-rock band formed in 2012 by guitarist Ate-a and drummer Ramenga. Based in Champhai, Mizoram, the two musicians used to previously make perform their songs with various rappers and singers from the city itself, until Ruatfeli came on board as their permanent vocalist. They released their self-titled album in 2015 and are currently recording their next EP. Singing mostly in Mizo, the band has mostly performed within their home state. Loved by the people of their homeland, their tracks are full of a bubbly energy, with perfectly harmonized vocals and vibrant chord structures.

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When Chai Met Toast

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When Chai Met Toast

This fresh act from Kochi comes on stage with a unique acoustic setup and a personal brand of infectious music. When Chai Met Toast is a 3–piece acoustic rock act that pulls off indie with a hint of folk/country. Taking inspiration from bands like Mumford and sons and The Lumineers, the band taps into the lighter side of life to create music that is heart-warming and happy. The band consists of Achyuth Jaigopal (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums), Richy Sebastian (keyboard, piano, acoustic guitar, accordion) and Ashwin Gopakumar (frontman, vocalist, ukulele).

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Yesterdrive

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Yesterdrive

A five-piece band based out of Delhi, Yesterdrive’s music is an essential mix of 70’s/80’s sounds fused with modern day indie rock. Laden with layers of textures, their tracks feature extended synthesized notes, cutting string pads and experimental percussion grooves, acting like a palette cleanser for the listener’s ears. The band released its EP Hold On in March 2013, and the title track was nominated at VIMA India 2013, under the category ‘Best Rock Song.’ The band has performed at prestigious stages like Ziro Music Festival in Arunachal Pradesh, Live From The Console at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai and Hornbill Festival in Nagaland.

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Zygnema

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Zygnema

Pioneers of groove metal in India, Mumbai band Zygnema has had the scene buzzing since its inception in 2006. Over the last 8 years, Zygnema has released two full-length albums, namely Born of Unity in 2010 and What Makes Us Human Is Obsolete in 2015. The band has won numerous national and international accolades, including “Best Metal Band” and “Best Metal Song” at Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2011, under the popular choice category. Signed to Heavyocity Records (U.S.A), the band features Jimmy Bhore on vocals, Sidharth Kadadi on guitars, Leon Quadros on the bass, Mayank Sharma on the drums and Akash Sawant as their sound engineer.

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The Rody Wallang Guitar Jamboree

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The Rody Wallang Guitar Jamboree

The Rudy Wallang Guitar Jamboree is a unique curated set by arguably the country’s finest blues guitarist, Rudy Wallang of the pioneering Shillong band Soulmate. In this set, Rudy will be collaborating with other top guitarists from India’s North-East. As a guitarist, Rudy has been playing for over 35 years - composing, recording and touring. His band, Soulmate, is the torchbearer for the blues and blues-rock genres in the country. With multiple ‘best guitarist’ awards under his belt, he has shared the stage with guitar-playing legends like Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy and John Mayall. In 2015, he became an endorsee for Fender guitars in India. The Jamboree will feature Rudy sharing the stage with Arenlong Longkumer (Nagaland), Ztpa (Mizoram), Gytartha Phukan (Assam), Uttam Sharma (Manipur), Cornelius Kharsyntiew (Shillong), Sonam Lachungpa (Sikkim) and Takar Nabam (Arunachal Pradesh).

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