NH7 Weekender Pune and Meghalaya 2017 Line-Up
Two names in the line-up for this year’s edition of the flagship Pune leg of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender festival seem to be promoter Only Music Louder’s way of making up with metal fans who felt shortchanged with the bills over the past couple of years. The Dillinger Escape Plan from the US and Textures from the Netherlands, widely popular metal groups that will both be disbanding soon, will play the festival as part of their farewell tours. Their presence in the Pune roster – Textures will also perform in Meghalaya – is contrasted by the Bollywood contingent, made up this time of Hindi film composers Vishal Bhardwaj and Ram Sampath. However the biggest international name announced, American guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, will only be part of the Meghalaya leg.
Those who continue to associate Weekender with the indie leanings that characterised its initial few years will be pleased that US punk rock legend Marky Ramone are among the international acts playing Pune. Like every year, there will be a couple of one-night-only performances. In Meghalaya, Shillong-based blues-rock guitarist Rudy Wallang will helm The Rudy Wallang Guitar Jamboree, a gig at which he will collaborate with accomplished axe men from the North-East. His Mumbai-based counterpart, blues-rock guitarist-composer Blackstratblues aka Warren Mendonsa will stage an All Stars show featuring special guests at both legs. Here are all the acts you can catch in Meghalaya, where Weekender will be held on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 and in Pune, where the eighth instalment will take place between Friday, December 8 and Sunday, December 10.
Alluri (UK), Bad Pop (Canada), Colt Silvers (France), Madame Gandhi (US), Marky Ramone (US), Textures (Netherlands), The Dillinger Escape Plan (US), Youngblood (Canada), Adaar Malik (Mumbai), Aditi Ramesh (Mumbai), Ali Saffuddin (Srinagar), Ankur Tewari and the Ghalat Family (Mumbai), aswekeepsearching (Ahmedabad), Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate (Kochi), Bhrigu Sahni (Pune), Blackstratblues All Stars (Mumbai), Blue Temptation (Shillong), Bombay Bassment (Mumbai), Divine (Mumbai), Easy Wanderlings (Pune), Feyago (Kolkata), Indigo Children (Delhi), Indian Ocean (Delhi), Kamakshi Khanna Collective (Delhi), Kraken (Delhi), Kumail (Mumbai), Mame Khan (Jaisalmer), May Island (Delhi), NH7 Hip-Hop Collective (Mumbai), Oceantied (Bangalore), Parvaaz (Bangalore), Prateek Kuhad (Delhi), Short Round (Mumbai), Sid Vashi (Mumbai), Skrat (Chennai), The Local Train (Delhi), The Raghu Dixit Project (Bangalore), The Ram Sampath Experience (Mumbai), The Ska Vengers (Delhi), T. M. Krishna (Chennai), Vir Das’ Alien Chutney (Mumbai), Vishal Bhardwaj (Mumbai), Zokova (Delhi), Zygnema (Mumbai).
Paul Dempsey (Australia), Steve Vai (US), Textures (Netherlands), Aqua Dominatrix (Mumbai), aswekeepsearching (Ahmedabad), Avora Records (Aizawl), Bhayanak Maut (Mumbai), Blackstratblues All Stars (Mumbai), Dewdrops (Rymbai), Divine (Mumbai), Dualist Inquiry (Delhi), Faridkot (Delhi), Goddess Gagged (Mumbai), Hriday Gattani (Mumbai), Kamakshi Khanna Collective (Delhi), Karsh Kale Collective (Mumbai), Khasi Bloodz (Shillong), Lateral (Guwahati), Mosko (Delhi), Parvaaz (Bangalore), Polar Lights (Dimapur), Rhythm Shaw (Mumbai), Ritviz (Pune), Skyharbor (Delhi), Tali Angh (Dimapur), Thaikkudam Bridge (Kochi), The Ganesh Talkies (Kolkata), The Local Train (Delhi), The Rudy Wallang Guitar Jamboree (Shillong), Triau Trackx (Champal), When Chai Met Toast (Kochi), Yesterdrive (Delhi), Zygnema (Mumbai).
Update (Thursday, September 7) Hip-hop duo Swet Shop Boys, comprising Indian-American rapper Himanshu ‘Heems’ Suri and British-Pakistani MC Riz Ahmed, which were scheduled to perform at the Pune edition have cancelled their appearance.
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