By K Ashwin Mobile: 09920183006 Email: email@example.com
One of the most anticipated live music experiences in India, BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender received an enormous response on day 2 at its tenth edition in Pune. The festival drew music fans to Mahalaxmi Lawns to witness their favourite artists perform in the happiest music festival’s hometown.
The festival’s headlining acts included Opeth (performing on the back of their new album In Cauda Venenum) and heavy metal performances by PENGSHUi, Bhayanak Maut and Gutslit. The festival also saw performances by Kokoroko, Wadalis, Many Roots Ensemble (with MC TodFod doing guest vocals) and Boombay Djembe Folas introduced the audience to a diverse range of sounds and beats put together by these artists.
The hip hop performances on Day 2 at Breezer Stage were electric, with performances by Gully Gang Showcase, the Breezer Vivid Shuffle All Stars – hip hop dancers that preceded the much awaited and incredibly powerful Dreamville Showcase performances by Cozz and Earthgang.
The comedy artists for Day 2 attracted an enthusiastic crowd and included Zakir Khan, Sumit Sourav, Shreeja Chaturvedi, Shaad Shafi, SUmukhi Suresh, Biswa Kalyan Rath, a mentalism act by Suhani Shah and a stand up set by Michelle Brasier from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The excellent reception of the comedy artists at the festival reflects the massive interest in the comedy genre throughout the country.
Fans can look forward to more of those on Day 3 as well.
Day 3 (Sunday, 1 December) of the festival holds a variety of acts for the fans to look forward to including the keenly awaited Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker . The festival will also make way for the legendary hindustani classical musician A. Hariharan, who will be performing a special set called Soul India. Some of the other highlights include electronic act Sandunes, with a special piano set, BLOT! Live, Lifafa, Garden City Movement, as well as hip hop performances by Swadesi, Brodha V and Raja Kumari. The comedy stage will see performances by Sejal Bhat, Sonali Thakker, Varun Thakut, BhaDiPa, Neeti Patla, Kenny Sebastian and more.
The festival stages – BACARDÍ Arena (headlining acts, rock and metal), Casa BCARADI, (metal, rock, singer-songwriter), The Doers Club (singer-songwriter, folk , fusion, world music), Breezer Vivid (electronic and hip-hop), the Gaana stage (singer-songwriter, indie) and the 5 Star ke Lolstars stage (comedy – a dedicated comedy stage for the first time in the festival’s history) will have simultaneous performances and fans can access all stages with their festival wristband.
While in between performances, attendees can indulge in some shopping at the bustling bazaar or head to the food stalls for a variety of delicious food and snacks. There’s a lot planned – an art showcase, featuring memories from the festival over the years as well as work by talented visual artists, the signature ferris wheel, and more. There are also a variety of different activities by the festival’s partner brands. BACARDI has a host of innovative drinking experiences planned – with happy hours, pop up bars with special drinks and limited edition variants from the Bacardi portfolio. At the Gaana Studio, you can relax and lounge around between sets, get some artist interviews, meet & greets and photo ops. You could also head to the CRED lounge – where CRED members can get exclusive benefits. Tinder is back at the festival with Camp Tinder – a zone in which people can relax with fun activities during the day and after the performances on stage end, fans can flock to Camp Tinder for some special acoustic sets every night. And last but not least, people can take a break with the 5 Star zone with a classic game that will delight every festival goer.
The festival is supporting many initiatives, including the Paper Bridge Project, that aims to build libraries in the remotest corners of India, giving attendees a chance to donate a book for a good cause when they come over to this happiest music festival. It is also actively looking to be more inclusive this year by partnering with The Humsafar Trust and 6 Degrees to make the space LGBTQ friendly, with a safe space on-ground to counsel anyone in need, gender neutral bathrooms and frisking lanes at security, and information being distributed to increase awareness about gender issues.
Continuing the green initiative the festival successfully launched in Pune a few years ago, BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender is ensuring that the festival generates as little disposable waste as possible by partnering with Skrap. In 2018, over 90% of the waste generated was recycled or reused, and the festival is looking to increase that number year on year. In furtherance of this, fans are urged to reuse their cups to get a discount on their next drink. Plastic straws have been banned at the festival and now replaced with paper straws, and drinks will be served in rice husk glasses. The food stalls will also all serve food with compostable cutlery. In furtherance of this, fans are urged to reuse their cups to get a discount on their next drink. A partnership with Butt Ballot is also in place, to ensure proper segregation and recycling of cigarette butts. The festival is also working with Cupable to provide drinking water for festival goers with a system that’s environmentally friendly, to replace disposable plastic water bottles. People can purchase one recyclable cup and get unlimited water refills for all festival days.