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Vh1 celebrates Korean Music Day with Vh1 K-Popp’d premiering this weekend!

WHAT? Vh1 K-Popp
WHEN? 8 PM, September 16
WHERE? VH1 channel

The advent of K-pop is a music phenomenon that introduced South Korean culture to the world. Fans in India are up for an extraordinary treat by Vh1 with the country’s first ever specially curated K-Pop music block Vh1 K-Popp’d set to premiere on the channel. As South Korea celebrates Music Day on September 14, Vh1 India is set to bring the Hallyu to the country following popular demand from fans on Saturday, September 16, 8 PM.

Tune in and swoon to the tunes of some of the world famous K-Pop bands BTS, EXO, GOT7 and much more on Vh1 K-Popp.

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender announces BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender Express from Oct 07 – Dec 02

BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender announces BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender Express
This year, BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender Express travels to Kolkata (Oct 07),Bengaluru (Oct 29), Puducherry (Nov 05), Jaipur (Nov 12), Hyderabad (Nov 19), Indore (Nov 26) and Kochi (Dec 02).
The festival has announced seven editions of BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender Express, from Oct 07 – Dec 02.
As music fans gear up for the 8th Edition of BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender in Meghalaya (Oct 27-28) and Pune (Dec 08-10), there’s more good news for them in other cities. These are one-day concerts featuring several artists across genres, to bring the festival experience to new cities across India.

This is the second year for the
BACARDÍ NH7 Express editions, which took place in five cities last year.

“As we keep doing the festival year after year, there are two trends that we see – increasingly, there are people traveling from other cities to come to the main events, and there are more and more people asking us to bring the festival to their cities. It’s bolstered our belief that an audience exists in cities across India. The Express editions are a great way of giving this audience a taste of what the full BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender experience is like!”, says Vijay Nair, CEO and founder of OML Entertainment, that organizes the festival. “The response to the Express editions last year was overwhelming. Hence a decision to expand to more cities was an easy one to take.”

Tickets to BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender Express are on sale on Insider:

The main editions of BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender will be held in Meghalaya (Oct 27-28) and Pune (Dec 08-10) and features the likes of guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, mathcore legends The Dillinger Escape Plan, Marky Ramone of punk icons The Ramones, Bollywood composer Vishal Bhardwaj, as well as Textures, fusion act Indian Ocean, progressive metallers Skyharbor, Carnatic musician TM Krishna, The Ram Sampath Experience, Blackstratblues and more.

More details on BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender Express editions:

There are several artists across genres playing these editions, from Dutch metal band Textures (who are on their farewell tour and playing their final ever gig in the Pune edition of BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender), popular electronic musician Nucleya, trailblazing Malayalam folk-meets-metal ensemble Thaikkudam Bridge, Bangla-rock pioneers Fossils, Chennai rock outfit Skrat, hip-hop icon Divine and several more artists will be performing at these editions.

KOLKATA, Oct 7: Nucleya, Fossils, aswekeepsearching, Underground Authority, The Ganesh Talkies.
Venue: Orchid Garden, Calcutta Boating & Hotel Resorts.
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BENGALURU, Oct 29: Textures, Skyharbor.
Venue: Indiranagar Club.
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PUDUCHERRY, Nov 05: Indian Ocean, Divine, Skrat, Ritviz and more.
Venue: The Ashok Beach Resort.
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JAIPUR, Nov 12: Nucleya, Divine, The Local Train, Faridkot Ritviz and more.
Venue: Lebua Resort.
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HYDERABAD, Nov 19: Indian Ocean, Divine, Skrat, Prabh Deep, Ritviz and more .
Venue: N A C Infrastructure Equipment Limited.
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INDORE, Nov 26: Nucleya, Indian Ocean, aswekeepsearching, Ritviz and more.
Venue: Rangoon Garden.
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KOCHI, Dec 02: Thaikuddam Bridge, Indian Ocean, Skrat, Ritviz and more.
Venue: Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort.
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Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

The Django Twins and DCF vs Madfingers to perform at the Storytellers Bar, Pondciherry

WHAT? Dark Circle Factory v/s Madfingers
WHEN? 8pm (Doors open at 5 pm), Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
WHERE? The Storytellers’ Bar, The Promenade Hotel, 23, Goubert Ave, Pondicherry 

The Storytellers’ Bar is delighted to host two incredibly gifted musicians from Mumbai and Bangalore, Lindsay D’Mello and Karan Joseph aka Dark Circle Factory v/s Madfingers.

Lindsay is one of the best drummers in the country and Karan is a formidably talented keyboardist and pianist who has studied at some of the world’s best music schools.

Prepare for a high-energy, toe-tapping, head-bopping night!

Dark Circle Factory v/s Madfingers-
A project by Karan Joseph and Lindsay D'Mello, who met at That Studio, to jam and play, in order to get some music down; and ended up recording a few tracks, along with live jam videos. DCF (Dark Circle Factory) aka Lindsay says “There are many ways of writing and composing music. There is no wrong or right way, as long as it comes naturally”.

DCF or Dark Circle Factory is the brainchild of drummer and music producer Lindsay D'Mello. Apart from performing, the advent of technology and the need to write more music independently brought computers into focus. The mixture of computers, samples, software and live recordings at home and out, is what gave birth to the Dark Circle Factory.

The music is open to the listeners’ perception - think what you want. Its musical influences though, come from styles like Funk, Hip Hop, Drum n Bass, Rock and Pop. Urban music is what it really is. Inspired by life travel and music.

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Karan Joseph aka Madfingers is leading a new wave of Indian talent who can hold their own on any stage in the world. With honors and distinctions from the Royal School of Music and Trinity College of Music.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, his versatility has been experienced at venues across the country, such as Blue Frog in Mumbai, B Flat, Herbs & Spice, Opus and so on in his home town of Bangalore as well as Cleopatra’s Needle, Smalls, Fat Cat and the Rockwood Music Hall in New York.

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About The Storytellers’ Bar-
The Promenade, a sea-facing hotel by Hidesign, is a proud beacon of modern Pondicherry. It houses The Storytellers’ Bar (STB). With its charming design, deliciously local food and eclectic programming, STB is the not-to-be-missed-destination in the South for music, entertainment and the Arts.

The venue celebrates the city's rich past, exciting present and bold future. The main feature of the bar is the Wall of Stories, where journals celebrating the spirit of Pondicherry have been framed; and tell a compelling story of the history of this beautiful town. The food and drink menus too are local and artisanal, featuring the freshest local and organic produce. STB is creating a community of like-minded individuals - artists and thinkers - who can be brought together to form unique associations and vibrant properties; and create new and lasting stories.

The space has been co-created by Dilip Kapur, President, Hidesign; Simran Mulchandani, co-founder Mach One Associates and Blue Frog; Ayaz Basrai, co-founder, Busride Design Studio and Kapil Thirwani of Munro Acoustics.

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

BACARDI NH7 Weekender 2017 Lineup Announced

BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender 2017
Steve Vai, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Textures, Swet Shop Boys, Marky Ramone, Indian Ocean, Vishal Bhardwaj, Madame Gandhi, Karsh Kale Collective, Blackstratblues All Stars, The Ram Sampath Experience amongst the headliners.

The Happiest Music Festival just announced its much-awaited artist lineup for this year's edition. The eighth edition of the festival is returning with some prominent global artists, including guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, punk rock icon Marky Ramone, metal legends Textures and The Dillinger Escape Plan (both of whom are playing their final tours, Textures is playing their final ever show in Pune), and hip-hop group Swet Shop Boys. The festival also features some of the best artists from India, including Indian Ocean, Vishal Bhardwaj (who will be performing live for the first time), Karsh Kale Collective, Ram Sampath, Dualist Inquiry, Thaikkudam Bridge, The Raghu Dixit Project, and specially curated sets by Blackstratblues and Rudy Wallang.

The festival is headed to the hills of Meghalaya – its third appearance in the state – on October 27-28, before it heads to its home city, Pune on December 8-10. Over the past 7 years, the festival has seen 468 artists perform 1042 sets over 21 editions. This includes 139 international acts from 23 countries and 329 acts from 17 Indian states.

Talking about the 2017 edition of the festival, Vijay Nair, CEO of Only Much Louder, the organizers of the festival, says, “The lineup is one of the most important aspects of the festival. Fans come to the festival for the experience and the artists they love, but leave the festival grounds having discovered new favorites at the festival. Over the last three years, 70% of the artists have played at the festival for the first time. That’s something we’re always on the lookout for – new talent, new music!”

Tickets for the festival have been on sale since August 1st, and all pre-sale tickets were sold out within a week. A limited number of Phase 1 tickets – Season and Under 21 – for Meghalaya and Pune, and Phase 2 Season tickets for Meghayala are now on sale on

Stay tuned to the BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender website for more information on the festivals, along with more details on the artists.

A quick glimpse into what’s in store this year.


Three-time Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso Steve Vai is coming to Meghalaya. Starting his career transcribing music for the legendary Frank Zappa, Vai has learned guitar from the very best – Joe Satriani. He’s collaborated with David Lee Roth, Alcatrazz, Whitesnake, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, TosinAbasi, The Aristocrats, and been a part of the Satriani-headed G3 Live Guitar tour. He designed the first commercially produced seven-string guitar, a fixture with metal bands today, and is known for designing the extraordinary triple neck guitar. With over 15 million albums in sales, Steve Vai is considered one of the most gifted guitar players of our generation.

Take equal parts crushing riffs, complex time signatures, incredible delivery, brave experimentation and almost unparalleled live presence - and you have The Dillinger Escape Plan. Transcending musical terrain like few metal bands have, the band is playing some of their last shows and making a stop in Pune on the way. With six critically-acclaimed studio albums and 20 years together, DEP has been an influence and source of admiration for bands old and new.

Metalheads in Meghalaya and Pune will be part of a historic tour of one of the metal's most innovative bands, TEXTURES – the iconic Dutch metal band who have inspired a generation of new rockers – are playing their Last Miles to The Moon tour, with their final show ever, in Pune. In close to 15 years, the band has garnered a massive fan following, since their 2003 'do-it-all-yourself' debut, Polars. The band returns to the festival, having played to an adoring audience in Pune and Kolkata in 2013. This will be historic, poignant and brutal, all at once.

Marc Steven Bell aka Marky Ramone is an American musician, best known for the being the drummer for the legendary punk band, The Ramones. Prior to joining the Ramones, Marky played with an array of influential musicians and bands, including Dust, Wayne County, and Richard Hell & the Voidoids. Soon after recruiting Marky, The Ramones recorded their cult first album, “Road to Ruin”, following which they filmed “Rock 'n' Roll High School”. His career with the band spanned 15 years, 1700 shows, and Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame induction. Marky shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to tour the world with his current band: Apart from Europe & America, he takes the Ramones legacy to new territory like Israel, Dubai, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines and now, India.

Swet Shop Boys is an Indian-American/British-Pakistani hip-hop group, consisting of rappers Heems and Riz MC, with producer Redinho. They released an EP, Swet Shop, in 2014 and the debut album (with Redinho), Cashmere, in 2016. With their music, they aim to spread a message of ‘representation’. Their lyrics drip with political commentary – with personal experiences, such as ‘random racial profiling’ making it into their music. The music features heavy beats along with sitars and tablas – a sound that’s sure to win over hip-hop fans.

Kiran, known by her stage name Madame Gandhi, is an artist and activist based in Los Angeles. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and as the iconic free-bleeding runner combatting menstrual stigma at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi now writes her own electronic music that elevates and celebrates the female voice. Kiran holds an MBA from Harvard and a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, political science and women's studies from Georgetown University. Her recent solo EP Voices received critical acclaim when her song "The Future is Female" climbed to #8 on the Spotify Top 50 US Viral Charts in the weeks following the Women's March on January 21st, 2017.

Paul Dempsey is an Australian singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist known to most as the frontman of revered Australian band, Something for Kate. In 2016, Paul released his second solo album, ‘Strange Loop’, playing all instruments on the album. The album debuted at No. 5 on the ARIA chart. The album is a combination of dry wit, magic hour melodies, striking instrumentation, and tenderly charged vocals, celebrating the pleasure of being alive. His debut album, 2009’s ‘Everything Is True’, also peaked at #5 on the ARIA charts, and it was nominated for three ARIA awards that year, and named iTunes Australia’s Album Of The Year. He’s played at London, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and, of course, India during the last edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender.

Colt Silvers is a French indie band made of vocalist Tristan Lepagney, bass player Nicolas Lietaert and gui­­­­tarist AgnanBanholzer. The three-piece act is inspired by pop culture goodness and their sound has a strong cinematographic vibe to it. They’ve performed over a hundred shows in Europe, in the US, and in Asia, and released their album Red Panda in 2013, strongly inspired by Asian music. This year, they are coming out with a new album SWORDS, co-produced and mixed by the genius Fab Dupont.

Hailing from Vancouver, the fast-rising Youngblood started as the creative release of singer Alexis Young. Their music is dreamy but insistent, lush sound anchored by electronic grooves. Heavily inspired by the French electronic retro-futurist duo Air, Young has described her music as “what the ’60s thought the future would sound like”. She sings songs of obsession, self-destruction, and romantic catastrophe. Her 2016 debut EP, Feel Alright, racked up half a million plays on Spotify, with the self-titled single reaching the No. 6 spot on the Spotify Viral Chart. In a live setting, the material takes on a powerful new dynamic and has been seen at the Canadian Music Week, BreakOut West and Australian Music Week 2016 as well as FOCUS Wales and The Great Escape 2017.


One of the legends of the Indian independent music scene, folk-fusion band Indian Ocean is a band that set the tone for many future artists. Formed in 1990, the band’s music blends experimental grooves with Indian ragas, creating a sound that is instantly identifiable. The band’s lyrics often borrows from many local dialects and folk melodies, best exemplified by live favourite ‘Kandisa’. They also have composed music for movies like Black Friday (2007), Peepli Live (2010), and Masaan (2015). They remain one of the few Indian acts to have a documentary made on them, the touching ‘Leaving Home’ in 2008. The band features Rahul Ram (bass, vocals), Amit Kilam (drums, percussion), Nikhil Rao (guitars), Tuheen Chakraborty (tabla) and Himanshu Joshi (vocals).

Formed in 2008, Delhi band Faridkot is made of IP Singh and RajarshiSanyal, and is one of the biggest acts to come out of the capital city. Their mix of sufi music with R&B, soul and some acid jazz makes for an engaging sound, one that captivates the audience with its smooth flow. While the band describes its music as Confused Pop, they have played shows across the board in the last seven years, and have shared the stage with artists like composer and vocalist Vishal Dadlani, folk-fusion band Indian Ocean, playback singer KK and Shaan, and many more. The band released their debut album Ek in 2011.

Described by Billboard Magazine as a "visionary composer and producer", he has produced and released five solo albums- Realize, Liberation, Broken English, Cinema, Up, along with a project in collaboration with sitar player Anoushka Shankar, called Breathing Under Water. He has also collaborated with renowned artists like Zakir Hussain, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Anoushka Shankar, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones and Alicia Keys. A treat for those who can’t get enough of live music, one can always expect big things out of his set. His live band, The Collective has featured stalwarts including Warren Mendonsa and Jai Row Kavi.

A studio project that evolved into a powerhouse collaboration, one that instantly became one of the most heard metal albums in India, Skyharbor is a progressive rock/metal act featuring Eric Emery on vocals, Keshav Dhar and DeveshDayal on guitars, Krishna Jhaveri on the bass and Aditya Ashok on the drums. Thanks to their distinct sound, the band has had praises coming in from current and former members of Lamb Of God and Megadeth. In 2014, Skyharbor was nominated in the Global Metal category at the prestigious Golden Gods Metal Awards and has performed at eminent festivals like Euroblast Festival (Germany), UK Tech Fest, Download Festival(UK), Dissonance Festival (Italy) and Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium), and recently supported Detones on their recent tour.

Bollywood music fans, get ready - Vishal Bharadwaj’s first live performance will happen at The Happiest Music Festival! The director, screenwriter, producer, music composer and playback singer is a seven-time National Film Award winner. Music-wise, he’s most famous for his work in Maachis, Satya, Ishqiya, Kaminey and Haider. He is a critically acclaimed director, embarking on themes such as a caper thrilled (Kaminey), black comedy (7 Khoon Maaf), and an ambitious retelling of three Shakespeare tragedies: Maqbool (based on Macbeth), Omkara (based on Othello), and Haider (based on Hamlet).

Winner of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, TM Krishna is a Carnatic vocalist based out of Chennai. The voice behind the viral “Chennai PorombokePaadal” song, a composition pleading to save the Ennore Creek, T.M. Krishna studied at the Krishnamurti Foundation’s The School in Chennai. A school of thought clearly reflected in his music, Krishna’s musical skills were honed under the tutelage of VidvansSeetharamaSarma, ChingleputRanganathan and the legendary SemmangudiSrinivasier. His compositions and lyrics shed light on issues affecting the human condition and aim to benefit others through music. His most recent book, A Southern Music, published by Harper Collins in December 2013, is a first-of-its-kind work on the Carnatic tradition.

Ram Sampath is an Indian composer, music producer and musician. He means different things to different audiences. Fans of Bollywood know him as an edgy music director, providing tunes for Delhi Belly (and it’s cult track “Bhaag DK Bose”) Talaash, Peepli Live and Fukrey. Indipop fans know him as the composer behind albums such as Shaan’sTanhaDil and SonaMohapatra’sSona. Indie music fans still revere his cult before-its-time psychedelic rock album, Colorblind. He has collaborated with INXS and is also a prolific ad jingle composer. This special live performance will be a mashup of his greatest hits and favourite songs: Expect to be taken on an eclectic mix of Bhaag DK Bose, Green Day covers, and Colorblind.

The cult Kerala band, Thaikkudam Bridge, shot to fame with their renditions of old Malayalam film songs, in a medley titled ‘Nostalgia’, on the Music Mojo show on Kappa TV on YouTube. Following this, they showed their versatility with an unimagined cover of Metallica’s 1992 hit, “Nothing Else Matters”, as well as covers of Hindi film songs. To show they were not just ‘cover wonders’, the band released originals, along with the infectious ‘Fish Rock’ which remains a concert favourite. The band’s music seamlessly blends rock, reggae, Hindustani and Carnatic music, producing some profound, grounded melodies that seem even bigger when they perform live. With larger-than-life arrangements, their finely crafted sets employ powerful vocals, violin and guitar parts that make you watch in awe, even though a they often perform in a language most of the audience doesn’t understand - Malayalam.

Always charting his own path with his music, one of the most recognizable electronic musicians of India, Dualist Inquiry is Delhi-based guitarist and producer SahejBakshi’s live-electronica project. With colourful sounds and catchy grooves, his tracks features live guitar riffs and left-of-center-synthesized patches take listeners on a rich soundscape journey. Known for his flawless live sets, the musician honed his skills at the prestigious Thornton School of Music, LA, and has released critically acclaimed records like the Doppelganger LP (2013), Natural Disasters EP (2014) and Dreamcatcher (2016), three records that cemented his place as an extraordinary producer.

The Rudy Wallang Guitar Jamboree is a unique curated set by arguably the country’s finest blues guitarist, Rudy Wallang of the pioneering Shillong band Soulmate. In this set, Rudy will be collaborating with other top guitarists from India’s North-East. As a guitarist, Rudy has been playing for over 35 years - composing, recording and touring. His band, Soulmate, is the torchbearer for the blues and blues-rock genres in the country. With multiple ‘best guitarist’ awards under his belt, he has shared the stage with guitar-playing legends like Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy and John Mayall. In 2015, he became an endorsee for Fender guitars in India. The Jamboree will feature Rudy sharing the stage with ArenlongLongkumer (Nagaland), Ztpa (Mizoram), GytarthaPhukan (Assam), Uttam Sharma (Manipur), Cornelius Kharsyntiew (Shillong), SonamLachungpa (Sikkim) and TakarNabam (Arunachal Pradesh).

Often hailed as an Indian guitar god, Warren Mendonsa’s music combines the essentials of blues, rock and 70s psychedelia with strong melodies. Initially a part of Zero (often considered India’s best rock band), he now performs under the moniker Blackstratblues. He is backed by equally adept Jai Row Kavi (drums), Adi Mistry (bass) and Beven Fonseca (keys). Warren can easily be called a Bacardi NH7 Weekender veteran, having played at editions 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Up till now, he has released three albums: 2007's Nights In Shining Karma, 2009's The New Album and The Universe has a Strange Sense of Humour in 2015. Expect songs from his latest album, The Last Analog Generation at this set. This is a special curated set featuring guest artists.

Winners of titles like Best Band at Rolling Stone Metals Awards 2011, Best Vocalist at Rolling Stone Metals Awards 2013 and many more, Mumbai band BhayanakMaut is one of the frontrunners of the Indian metal scene. Since its inception in 2003, the band has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country. In 2011, they were invited to perform at one of the biggest metal festivals in the world, the Inferno Music Festival in Norway. If that wasn’t enough, BhayanakMaut have previously shared stages with metal and rock biggies like Textures, Lamb of God, Meshuggah and Amon Amarth.

Putting modern day Indian fusion music on the global map, Raghu Dixit’s unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre, and even language.
His tunes are strongly rooted in Indian culture, and tell stories that resonate everywhere he performs. From performing for 1,00,000+ people in his home state, to taking the stage in Glastonbury, at BBC, at the show Later ... with Jools Holland, and even playing for the Queen of England and the entire Royal Family, Raghu Dixit’s music has travelled the world, winning fans wherever he goes. Today, a decade after his self-titled debut album, Raghu Dixit is unquestionably one of the leading live acts in the country and is a favourite at Bacardi NH7 Weekender’s folk stage.


Aqua Dominatrix
Avora Records
BaijuDharmajan Syndicate
Blackstratblues All Stars
Dualist Inquiry
Goddess Gagged
Indian Ocean
Kamakshi Khanna Collective
Karsh Kale Collective
Khasi Bloodz
Paul Dempsey
Polar Lights
Rhythm Shaw
Steve Vai
Thaikkudam Bridge
The Ganesh Talkies
The Local Train
The Rudy Wallang Guitar Jamboree
When Chai Met Toast

PUNE (DEC 08-10)

Aadar Malik
Aditi Ramesh
Ali Saffudin
Ankur&TheGhalat Family
Bad Pop
Blackstratblues All Stars
Blue Temptation
Bombay Bassment
Colt Silvers
Easy Wanderlings
Indian Ocean
Indigo Children
Kamakshi Khanna Collective
Madame Gandhi
Mame Khan
Marky Ramone
May Island
NH7 Hip-Hop Collective
Short Round
Sid Vashi
Swet Shop Boys
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Local Train
The Raghu Dixit Project
The Ram Sampath Experience
The SkaVengers
TM Krishna
VirDas' Alien Chutney
Vishal Bhardwaj

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

'I Like' famed Avanti Nagral to conduct music workshops in association with Furtados

Avanti Nagral
WHAT? Hymn to the rhythm with Avanti Nagral
WHEN? 6:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday, 19th August, 2017
WHERE? Furtados School of Music 49, Fern Villa,
Next to Quantum Park Society, 52 Union Park,
Khar (West), Mumbai – 400052

With an aim to encourage the aspirations of budding music talents, India’s leading music retailer Furtados School of Music (FSM), is conducting High Play series of workshops. The workshop will be directed by a young and multi talented artist Avanti Nagral, who released her debut single, ‘I Like’ in June 2017 with the first Virtual Reality Music Video in South Asia.

Avanti is one of the first Indians to pursue a Dual Degree program between Harvard University and the Berklee College of Music. She will be helping music enthusiasts understand the world of music by sharing her aspirational journey. This motivational performance-cum-workshop will guide the participants on how they can connect their passion with a purpose.

Avanti will also be showcasing her cutting-edge virtual reality music video (the first of its kind in South Asia) with live VR demonstrations. So come register and experience the magical world of music!

Free Entry: To register contact +8879070240 or email at

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

Vh1 adds a bold flavor to the Indian Music Scene this Independence Week

Independence Day special on Vh1
Catch Vh1 Soundnation featuring India’s best Indie musicians this Independence Day only on Vh1~
~Vh1 presents World Television Premiere of Ride-to-Roots with Nucleya on Independence Day~
~Vh1 pumps it up this month by airing the prestigious 2017 Video Music Awards in India~

Staying true to its vision to offer the best of music entertainment, Vh1 has lined up the finest shows on India’s 71st Independence Day. The channel will celebrate Independence Day with a unique musical special Vh1 Soundnation that will feature the Indie artists who have contributed to the rise of the music scene in the country. Music lovers can get a bold flavor of the Indian music scene at 6 Vh1 Soundnation gigs and 2 festivals including Nikhil Chinapa’s Satellite Festival, 5 radio interviews with trending Indian artists namely Vasuda, Rajakumari, SPRYK, Oceantied and Burudu on 11th August on Radio One, Radio Indigo and an exclusive master class for budding musicians with a prominent indie band renowned for their contemporary Indian rock music, Indus Creed. More so consumers can catch an exclusive Vh1 Soundnation Facebook panel discussion between pioneers and trending Indian artists like Vishal Dadlani, Karsh Kale, Divine, Saba Azad & Sahil Makhija on the Vh1 Facebook page on 11th August. To top it all off the channel is also curating a special playlist featuring the best of Indian artists who have contributed immensely to the rise of India’s music scene on Vh1 Soundnation- Independence Day Special.

Taking the experience a notch higher, Vh1 is set to take its viewers on a musical journey to retrace roots of one of India’s prominent Indian musician, Nucleya. Renowned as one of the biggest independent musical outfit that has emerged in the country, Nucleya has won several awards reinstating his musical prowess spreading almost two decades. The artist has also represented India in a number of coveted international music festivals. Vh1 is set to showcase the never seen before the journey of the sensational Nucleya through the World Television Premiere of Ride-to-the Roots with Nucleya. Fans of the artist will also get a chance to interact with Nucleya on Instagram & twitter, as he takes over the Vh1 social media, handles on Independence Day. On-ground, the fans can deep dive into exclusive Nucleya happy hours at Raasta-Mumbai, Delhi & Gillys-Bangalore on the weekend prior to Independence Day.

Excited about the special line-up for August, Hashim D’Souza, Programming Head – English Entertainment Cluster, Viacom18 shared, “Vh1 has been successful in bringing the best of international entertainment for its viewers in India. We have been airing the most coveted award shows for Indian viewers, within few hours of its international airing. Our aim continues to be the go-to channel for the greatest music and entertainment content. This month, we have a plethora of interesting shows for our viewers from special tributes to great musicians on Independence Day to a special world television premiere of an incredible documentary film to the most awaited Video Music Awards 2017. The shows lined up for this month only reaffirms our vision of bringing the best in English entertainment.”

The channel has a lineup of handpicked shows that will follow suit post-Independence Day with special programming. To begin with, Vh1 will honor the birth anniversary of the King of Pop Michael Jackson, followed by a special homage to the remarkable Princess Diana, on her death anniversary. The one-stop destination for the biggest international awards, Vh1 will also air the much awaited 2017 Video Music Awards.

Vh1 is revved up to present, for the first time on Indian Television, Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off The Wall. Scheduled on Tuesday, August 29, the documentary honors the King of Pop on his birth anniversary. In addition to this, Vh1 will also extend a special dedication to Princess Diana on her 20th Death Anniversary, playing tracks from artists that commemorate the values and legacy of the most loved Princess.

Viewers are in for a whirlwind of star-studded madness straight from The Forum in Inglewood, California, as Vh1 airs the prestigious 2017 Video Music Awards. Hosted by Katy Perry, the awards are set to create history this year with the exclusion of gender biased categories and introduction of the Best Fight Against The System category to celebrate videos that throw light on social injustices. The 2017 Video Music Awards is scheduled to air in India on Monday, August 28.

The lineup entails:

Date: Tuesday, 15th August | Time: 12:30 PM; 7 PM

A specially curated on-air block with songs by Indian artists, celebrating artists who are contributing hugely to the rise of music in India.

Show: Ride to the Roots with Nucleya- INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL:
Date: Tuesday, 15th August | Time: 12 PM; 9 PM

Ride To The Roots will be a look back at one of India’s most established musicians and will take Nucleya on a journey as he retracts his roots, back home in Ahmedabad, reliving the experiences that brought him to where he is today in the world.

Date: Monday- Friday, 16th August onwards | Time: 7 PM
The Compton rapper leads this year's MTV Video Music Award nominations with eight nods for his "HUMBLE." Meanwhile, Katy Perry and The Weeknd follow the Compton rapper with five nominations each. So tune into the 2017 Video Music Awards Nominees Special for all the VMA gossip and nominees that you need to stay up-to-date, only on Vh1!

Date: Monday, 28th August | Time: 5:30 AM; 8 PM
The Video Music Awards 2017 is set to happen at The Forum in Inglewood, California, this year. With VMAs giving up the gender biased categories and addition of the best fight against the system category to celebrate videos that shine a light on social injustices. There is so much to look forward to this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Show: MJ’s Birthday special- Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off The Wall
Date: Tuesday, 29th August | Time: 12 PM; 9 PM
For the first time On Indian Television- A documentary that looks at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall

Show: Vh1 Queen Of Hearts- Princess Diana Special
Date: Thursday, 31st August | Time: 12 PM
Diana, Princess of Wales was tragically killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. It was death that shocked the world. Twenty years on, her values and her legacy live on through the tens of thousands of young people who not only know her as a historical figure but are also committed to continuing those values. Tune into Vh1 and catch all the tunes from the artists that commemorate Lady Diana through their music.

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

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