Prelude to the frenzy

A series of NH7 pre-parties are lined up across Mumbai,Pune and Goa as a prelude to the 'happiest' music festival in Pune

Written by Anjali Jhangiani | Published: October 24, 2012 2:00:28 am

A series of NH7 pre-parties are lined up across Mumbai,Pune and Goa as a prelude to the \’happiest\’ music festival in Pune

Six stages,six different genres of music and over 200 artists -Bacardi NH7 Weekender,is about all this and more. To create the mood for the most anticipated music festival of the year,a series of pre-parties are lined up across various venues in the city before the main festival begins on November 2 at Amanora Town Centre.

“ Pre-parties are a great way to celebrate a festival coming up. It gives people a glimpse of what to expect,and also helps spread the word about the festival. We have a lot of fantastic bands across the country,and this gives us a chance to program them as well,as there are limited slots at the festival,” says Vijay Nair,CEO,Only Much Louder,organiser of Bacardi NH7 Weekender. “We\’ll have pre-parties in Mumbai and Goa as well,because a lot of people travel to Pune for the festival,” he adds.

While some pre-parties have already hit the city,others are yet to create a buzz. Swig Bar and Eatery,Koregaon park will host performances by Ankur Tewari and Sidd Coutto on October 21 and Big Jam on October 31 as a part of their line up. Mumbai will get a taste of the festival with performances by Siddharth Basrur and Sidd Coutto at Cool Chef Cafe on October 25,DJ Sa at Vie Lounge on October 26 and Ayesha Pramanik and Amul at Indulge on October 27,whereas Goa will indulge in the prelude to the Nh7 with DJ SA performing in collaboration with Joel at Capetown on October 27.

“T he NH7 pre-parties allow the artists to get into the mood of the festival and warm themselves up for the big event. It\’s all about putting a bunch of people in the same mood together with some great music and letting them have a good time. In fact,it is exactly reflects what the festival is all about,on a smaller scale though,” says Ankur Tewari,who has already performed at the NH7 Delhi edition this year and will be sharing the Eristoff Wolves Den stage with Gaurav Raina on the first day of the festival in Pune.

High Spirits at Koregaon Park hosts a line of three NH7 pre-parties this month. “There\’s already a vibe for the festival that is going around in the city. Everyone\’s talking about NH7- tickets,artists,stages,it is a frenzy. The pre-parties are a tribute to the festival,” says Khodu Irani,owner,High Spirits. The joint has had artists like Microphon3 and Nikhil D\’Souza jam the NH7 way and is getting ready for their final round up,a gig by Helena and the Mumbai Mariachis,a band promoting afro-arabic music.

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