It is the biggest indie music festival in the country that has now established itself in four cities. It’s no wonder then that the early bird tickets for NH7 Weekender were sold out within minutes of going live. While the popularity surges, the line-up of artistes that music fans have been waiting for, is out. There are a few unreleased names, of course, and the hype for the festival will build as each big name is announced, but the Pune edition seems exciting already.
Around 50 acts have been announced for Pune, although in terms of headliners, it still doesn’t seem like the best deal. However, the sister city gets a whole day more of indie fun as NH7 is a two-day festival in the other cities. Alt-rock band Mutemath returns to the country with gigs at Kolkata and Bengaluru, while Brit-indie sensation The Vaccines will headline Pune and Delhi. Bangalore also gets to host electronic music producer Jon Hopkins, while the heavy metal band Fear Factory will play at Pune and Delhi. Most surprising of the headliners is popular film composer Amit Trivedi, who will perform at all the venues except Kolkata.
While there have been many who have criticised NH7 for programming similar acts each year, the 2014 festival will see some new names. The dream landscape creator Nicholson, live-house act Fuzzy Logic, Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe and comedy collective All India Bakchod are among a few who will debut at the fest.
Also interesting is the fact that NH7 is taking forward last year’s experiment of getting electronic acts to play live. Nu-garage producer Sandunes will take to a full ensemble and so will drum ‘n’ bass producer Ox7gen. The festival will also see Monica Dogra debut her solo project, which she has been working on for the past year.