February 27, 2014 12:11:41 am
If it was important enough, it played at Blue Frog, Mehrauli. The last big gig was in October by Spanish-French rockstar Manu Chao, who was seen thumping his bare chest with a microphone and crooning for the audience in languages they had no idea about. Fine acoustics, something the place has always boasted about, and almost 800 people sweating and screaming had the club buzzing with magic. Almost a year ago, Gotye’s gig grabbed bobbleheads in droves. And then, just like that, the club folded. No announcements, no gigs listed on the online gig calender, no explanation.
The grapevine was ripe with the news that Delhi’s favourite gig spot has shut down because of low returns and losses. “Low returns have always been there. That’s nothing new. But we wouldn’t fold because of it,” says Ashutosh Phatak, musician and co-founder of the club. He says that Blue Frog, Delhi, will open its doors again in a little over a month.
As of now, the terrace at the club is being renovated and refurbished. “We were thinking of moving the place a little more inside Delhi earlier, maybe to a smaller venue. But for now, we are planning to stick to the same venue and opening the terrace that wasn’t used for gigs earlier. So, two gigs can take place at the same time,” says Mahesh Mathai, film director and co-founder of the club. We wonder if it’s a good idea to divide the limited audience that throngs the place daily.
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It’s notable that the club opened its Pune counterpart recently and will shortly commence gigs at the Bangalore club. As for Delhi, the good news is that Blue Frog Delhi isn’t shutting and is ready to leap right back at us. “It’s coming back with a bang. The first few gigs will be some of the finest you’ve seen,” says Mathai. We will be sticking around.
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