Steven Wilson, Anoushka Shankar To Play The Pune Leg Of NH7 Weekender 2016

Steven Wilson

Progressive rock pioneer Steven Wilson will headline the Pune and Shillong editions of the NH7 Weekender music festival in 2016. Photo: Lasse Hoile.

Just as the line-ups of the annual Bacardi NH7 Weekender festival are a reflection of music trends, the manner in which organisers Only Much Louder or OML roll out the roster is an indication of trends in social media. Last year, they got fans to announce the acts through a series of flyers posted on Twitter. For the 2016 edition, which will be held in Shillong, Hyderabad and Pune in October, November and December respectively, the bills were revealed through a relay of videos published by the performing artists on their own and the festival’s Facebook pages.

For the flagship Pune leg, which will be held at an as-yet undisclosed new venue this year, the international headliners cut across genres, offering something for every kind of fan except perhaps metalheads. British progressive rock pioneer Steven Wilson, who announced his plans to visit India at the end of October back in May, will headline the city as well as Shillong. UK-based sitar-playing world music star Anoushka Shankar; Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez; veteran American hip hop DJ Premier, whose real name is Chris Martin; US electronic music producer RAC aka André Allen Anjos; and Welsh alternative rock band The Joy Formidable are among the other major international names playing the Pune edition.

This time around, the Bollywood contingent will be represented by composer Shankar Mahadevan who will stage his ‘My Country My Music‘ project at the event. A. R. Rahman will be represented too, through NAFS and Sempre Libera, Chennai-based vocal ensembles made up of students from his music school, the K. M. Conservatory. However the name that is likely to be discussed for days is that of Hindi film actor Farhan Akhtar who will perform in Shillong and Hyderabad. The appearance of Akhtar, whose musical abilities have been the subject of much debate, is not entirely unexpected as portions of his upcoming music-themed film Rock On!! 2 were shot at the 2015 instalment in Shillong. Alternative rock fans who grew up in the noughties will be pleasantly surprised by the presence of former US chart-toppers Vertical Horizon in the Shillong schedule. Here’s the line-up of all three editions:

Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4
Steven Wilson, Anoushka Shankar, DJ Premier, Eagulls, Jose Gonzalez, RAC (DJ set), Shri, The Joy Formidable, Vangoffey
Abish Mathew and Kenneth Sebastian, Aqua Dominatrix, Aswekeepsearching, Borkung Hrangkhawl, Divine, Dossers Urge, Easy Wanderlings, Func, Imphal Talkies, Kanchan Daniel and the Beards, Karsh Kale Collective, Komorebi, Mali, Mosko, Naezy x Prabh Deep, NAFS, Nicholson, Nucleya, Papon, Parekh + Singh, Rhythm Shaw, River, Sapta, Sempre Libera, Shankar Mahadevan presents My Country My Music, Sid Vashi, Skyharbor, Thaikkudam Bridge, The F16s, The Ganesh Talkies, Underground Authority, When Chai Met Toast

Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22
Steven Wilson, Mr. Woodnote and Lil Rhys, Natty, Vertical Horizon, Wild Palms
Abberant, Alobo Naga and the Band, Aswekeepsearching, Blue Temptation, Bipul Chettri, Dhruv Vishvanath, Dhruv Voyage, Dossers Urge, Dualist Inquiry, Farhan Live, Fossils, Imphal Talkies, Kumail, Madboy/Mink, Nanok, Nucleya, Papon, Prateek Kuhad, Rhythm Shaw, River, Sapta, Sickflip, Soulmate, Su Real, Tejas, The Ritornellos, Underground Authority, Undying Inc, Vir Das’ Alien Chutney

Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6
Dinosaur Pile Up, Django Django’s David Maclean (DJ Set), Alluri
Anish Sood, Ankur Tewari and the Ghalat Family, Arjun Vagale, Aswekeepsearching, Bhayanak Maut, Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate, Black Letters, Dhruv Visvanath, Dualist Inquiry, Indian Ocean, Farhan Live, Hriday Gattani, Komorebi, Lagori, Madboy/Mink, Murthovic, Nicholson, Nucleya, Parikrama, Parvaaz, Peepal Tree, Prateek Kuhad, Sandunes, Sapta, Skrat, Spud In The Box, Swarathma, The F16s, The Ganesh Talkies, The Raghu Dixit Project, The Ska Vengers, Until We Last, Vir Das’ Alien Chutney

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