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Budweiser Presents Electric Daisy Carnival, India. 2016
Budweiser Presents Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) India concluded its first-ever edition with great splendor. The Vegas-style event was held at Delhi NCR’s Buddh International Circuit on 12th - 13th November. 25,000 fans visited the festival in over two days to catch some of the electronic music world’s biggest Indian and international acts at EDC.

The debut edition of EDC India introduced by Insomniac and OML, created a multi-dimensional music experience, with mesmerizing production and sound design which overwhelmed fans with its sheer scale, creativity and overall immersive experience. The festival showcased a union of technology and nature with iconic stage designs like the majestic kineticFIELD, the imaginative and ethereal circuitGROUNDS and the electrifying neonGARDEN.

The festival featured one of the largest line-ups of international and Indian artists ever witnessed in the country with two days of electrifying performances from global music sensations including Alesso, Afrojack, Brillz, Crizzly, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, R3hab, Steve Aoki, The Upbeats, Tommy Trash, Vini Vici and Yellow Claw and homegrown stars such as Anish Sood, Arjun Vagale, AU/D10/GRAMME, Audio Units, B.R.E.E.D, BLOT!, Dualist Inquiry, Hamza, Kohra, Lost Stories, Nucleya, Oozeundat, Pearl, Praveen Achary, Qwiver, Sandunes, Sartek, SEQU3L, Shaan, SHFT, Sickflip, Spinal Fusion, Starlab, Sound Avtar and Zaeden.

Interactive and awe-inspiring art installations were peppered around the festival grounds along with some great music and stunning visuals. The festival also featured the Carnival Square, a carefully curated food and bazaar area with a wide array of local and international delicacies and creative products specially made by artists, craftspeople and creative entrepreneurs.

Budweiser, the lead partner of the event offered a unique experience - The Brew District with nearly 100 luxurious tents. The Brew District was home to around 200 guests which included artists and influencers. The district offered a well curated set of events like the ‘What’s Brewing’ session by Progressive Brothers, ‘Buds and Burgers’ lunch hosted by celebrated Chef Kelvin Cheung, fun filled picnic-style Sunday brunch and special night performances at the ‘Brew Club’ by artists like Divine, Mo City, Dualist Inquiry, Anish Sood, etc.

Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac said, “The debut of EDC India was a beautiful event that brought thousands of like-minded people together to celebrate music, art, and positivity".

Vijay Nair, CEO, Only Much Louder adds, “The weekend was a great testimonial to the fact that India is ready to host festivals at a scale that we have only seen online on after-movies. This was a monumental effort and we made sure that the beauty and magic of EDC Vegas was presented as it is to the fans in India without shortchanging them. We will be back next year and build EDC India as a festival that the world wants to travel to.”

 Budweiser Presents Electric Daisy Carnival, India. 2016
 Budweiser Presents Electric Daisy Carnival, India. 2016
 Budweiser Presents Electric Daisy Carnival, India. 2016
 Budweiser Presents Electric Daisy Carnival, India. 2016
  Budweiser Presents Electric Daisy Carnival, India. 2016
 Budweiser Presents Electric Daisy Carnival, India. 2016
 Budweiser Presents Electric Daisy Carnival, India. 2016
Budweiser Presents Electric Daisy Carnival, India. 2016
Budweiser Presents Electric Daisy Carnival, India. 2016
Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

SulaFest 2017 - First line up release!

SulaFest 2017
WHAT? SulaFest
WHEN? 3-5 February, 2017
WHERE? Sula Vineyards, Nasik

SulaFest is known for its mega mix of music genres – bridging everything from world fusion to Electro Acoustic, Techno, House, Pop, Electronica, Electro-Swing, Disco, Garage, Rock, Percussion, Indie, Reggae, Afro, Irish and Bass!!

Here’s the first artist announcement!

Techno duo Loco & Jam UK/Northern Irish will be one of headlining acts at the 10th edition of SulaFest. Bosnian band Dubioza Kolektiv, who have performed at prominent world music festivals such as Glastonbury and Eurosonic, and are popular for their upbeat grooves across genres – Balkan, Reggae, Ska and Punk. Afro Celt Sound System also known as ACSS is a world renowned group which fuses Afro, Irish, Electronic and World. Nucleya, the ultimate Indian electronica sensation needs no further introduction – and will also be spinning beats on stage at SulaFest. Electro-swing band Swingrowers and the Female artist Priyanjana, also known as the ‘Progressive Princess’.

First Artist Announcement – more to come!

1. Loco & Jam, UK/ Northern Irish (Techno)

2. Nucleya, India (Electronica)

3. Dubioza Kolektiv, Bosnia (Balkan, Reggae, Ska and Punk)

4. Afro Celt Sound System, UK (Afro, Irish, Electronic, World)

5. Swingrowers, Italy (Electro- swing)

6. Priyanjana, India (Techno)

The tickets are available at- www.bookmyshow.com
For more information, vist- www.sulafest.com

Sula Vineyards is by far India’s first choice in wine. Their award-winning wines are available nationwide at the finest hotels and restaurants, and are also exported throughout the world. Sula is on track to sell a million cases of wine in 2016. In addition, the company is also a leading wine and spirits importer, with Sula Selections, a portfolio of prestigious brands like Remy Cointreau, Hardys, Cono Sur and Asahi. For information on the entire Sula brand portfolio, visit www.sulavineyards.com




Edited by- Debjani Hazarika

Eastern Fare Music Foundation now creates a new tune in Guwahati. Aims to bring performance closer to the public

Jim Ankan Deka (2nd from left) with Students of Eastern Fare's Noonmati branch
"Upon the fabric of silence does one weaves notes and creates music."

Eastern Fare Music Foundation is one such turf which still holds on to such a thought and the music institute proudly propagates it. In an era where music is being bargained over as a fast moving commodity, Eastern Fare affectionately tries to preserve the accent of sound. The institute has now opened branches in Guwahati and Shillong.

Founded in 2008 by Assamese musician and composer Jim Ankan Deka, the first branch of the institute in Koramangala, the heart of Bangalore, went on to become one of India's premier music institutes. The school engaged in providing tutelage to music enthusiasts of all ages. By 2015, Eastern Fare had half a dozen branches all over Bangalore giving music education to more than a hundred pupils.

After providing music education for over 10 years in Bangalore and 8 years at Eastern Fare, Jim decided to return to his homeland, the beautiful North East India, and open new branches of the institute. With help of his musician brother Ankur Deka and friends Prince Mahanta and Debjani Hazarika, Jim opened two branches in Guwahati and one branch in Umroi, Shillong. Although, in Bangalore, the Eastern Fare provides training for instrumental music only, but in the Northeast, the institute has classes for vocals and contemporary and classical dance forms. The main focus of the branches in Northeast is to provide a proper curriculum for music and dance education and give a platform to the students to showcase their talent through the Eastern Fare Production House. A concert cum recital for the students will be held annually.

Eastern Fare prepares students for grade exams conducted by Trinity School of Music, London; but it diverts itself from the regular method of teaching. The institute focuses on a concept based learning method where students are made to understand the core concepts of Music before strumming a guitar of holding a key. "Play the music, not the instrument" is what they preach. Currently classes for Guitar, Keyboard and Western Classical vocals are being conducted on a regular basis, but there are also provisions for instruments like drums, tabla, flute etc.

Jim says "The idea behind the genesis of this institute was to incorporate the thought that Music can be pursued as a mainstream career instead of a hobby or pastime. Eastern Fare encourages and motivates people with a musical inclination to explore their full potential and be able to create amazing work. All the students are given individual attention and guidance making it easier for them to discover their musical abilities. The students are generally screened based on their basic knowledge of music but most importantly they must have passion and sincerity for learning music. The very best of the students and the ones who have constantly exhibited progress never go unrewarded."

The institute plans to open its recording facilities in Guwahati which will be made available to the students at zero cost so that they can prepare their samples easily. The institute also promotes aspiring musicians, and artists through various media. The institute recently started a music project called 'Chai Tunes' in association with Music Malt, where musicians of various genres collaborate to brew a fine blend of music. These projects are shared with the world through a series of music videos viewable on the internet.

When the melodic notes fade away, it vibrates in the memory. Eastern Fare hopes to influence people on similar notes. Even when the students are over their training and are long gone, the musical sojourn will linger on in their hearts and the amorous poetry of sound that they will sing will ripple, spreading the magic of music further and beyond.

Branches in North East -
Noonmati and Narangi in Guwahati
Umroi Army Cantt. (near Barapani or Umiam) in Meghalaya

Find more about Eastern Fare here.

Edited by - Ranjan M

Mika joins MTV The Junkyard Project to urge the youth to ‘Dunk That Junk’ with his uber-cool anthem

Mika joins MTV The Junkyard Project
Cut through the drudgery by turning on Bollywood’s singer Mika Singh’s brand new foot-tapping anthem for MTV ‘The Junkyard Project’ and make the act of cleaning fun. The lyrics of the anthem have been crafted in a manner that they blend perfectly with Mika’s vocals and energetic vibe to urge youngsters to take charge of cleaning up India with his quirky anthem, ‘Dunk that junk’.

The Junkyard Project is a unique take on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by MTV to mobilize the youth to take a stand on cleanliness and take on the challenge of turning dirt into art. MTV tied up with 300 colleges and mobilized the ‘Junkyard Army’ of over 30,000 students across India, who got together to clean up neighbourhoods and beautify 300 junk spaces as live music motivated them. Now, MTV along with - the King of Indie-pop, Mika has created the adrenalin fuelled ‘Dunk That Junk’ anthem to give this young army a pumping new war cry! The ‘Dunk that junk’ anthem by Mika is a total dance worthy number and will make young people get up and get cleaning. The rendition of the anthem is a complete earworm making it totally share-worthy on social media platforms incorporating an important lesson in a fun, musical way.

On his quirky composition for MTV The Junkyard Project, Mika Singh said, “It is extremely fulfilling to compose an anthem that brings the youth of the country together for a good cause. It is heartening to see a iconic youth brand such as MTV stepping in to help make India clean through an exciting initiative such as MTV The Junkyard Project. Keeping in line with MTV’s efforts, the anthem ‘Dunk that Junk’ has a very young appeal making the whole cleaning process a lot more fun and exciting. I hope the anthem reaches out to a lot of youngsters and serves its purpose of motivating them to do their bit for India.”

MTV The Junkyard Project is MTV’s way of supporting the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It is an attempt to get the youth to take a stand on ‘cleanliness’ and also aims to action change on-ground through clean-up drives that are built on music and art. MTV’s The Junkyard Project has also won critical acclaims at multiple award forums like Appies Asia, Promax BDA and Abby’s. The act of cleaning up will be further aided by the proceeds garnered from the anthem composed by Mika as they will be used to fund newer clean-up projects across the country. MTV is on a mission to mobilize youngsters to come together for yet another worthy cause to clean up the mess that we see around us and to make India the awesome country that it deserves to be. The anthem is already getting people in the mood to pick up the broom and making them dance their way to the dustbin.

MTV, world’s premier youth brand, is a dynamic and a vibrant blend of music and pop culture. With a global reach of more than half-billion households, MTV is a cultural home to the millennial generation, music fans and artists. 42 MN fans following MTV across show pages on social media have made it one of the top brands in social influence as well. MTV consumer products are available across 20+ unique categories through strategic brand licensing tie-ups, leading to combined retail sales of 100+ crores present across all key online and off-line channels of distribution. In 2015, MTV also launched its first ever café in the world, FLYP@MTV at New Delhi in India. MTV has a buzzing MTV Live business with properties like MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Bollyland. Aiming to entertain, lead and collaborate with young people through its evocative communication and youth relevant shows like Roadies, Splitsvilla, Coke Studio@MTV, MTV Unplugged, MTV Girls on Top, MTV Love School and keep them engaged through various cause led initiatives such as MTV Rock the Vote and MTV The Junnkyard Project.

For information about MTV in India, visit - www.mtv.in.com



Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

Hindi pop band 'Malhaar' launches a new video with a strong message

Hindi pop band 'Malhaar' launches a new video
'Malhaar' is a Hindi Pop band formed in early 2000 in Dehradun, with an aim to play a wide variety of contemporary Indian music: from instrumental folk fusion tunes to modern rock. Their songs are heavily inspired from the nature surrounding them in Uttarakhand- the mountains, river, rains & and the stories of the communities. Their songs are more than just pop songs, and carry deep messages spreading awareness about communal harmony & environmental concerns.

They have just completed their most ambitious project till date GANGA JI, a contemporary Hindi song & music video that is meant to create awareness about the increase in pollution and overall destruction of the river Ganges. As residents of Uttarakhand, the band feels very strongly about the dire need to ‘Save Ganga’ and have travelled from Gaumukh till Varanasi, trailing the river Ganga to shoot a beautiful music video that showcases the importance of Ganga to the local communities along the river, in places like Devpryag, Rishikesh and Haridwar.

The video, Gangaji, launches today online – the first day of the Ganga Mahotsav. The Gangaji EP is available across all major digital & streaming portals, exclusively on Times Music.



Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

Line-up of artists at Genesis Foundation Annual Fundraiser- Goa Rhythm & Blues 2016

Goa Rhythm & Blues 2016
WHAT? Goa Rhythm & Blues 2016
WHEN? 11-12 November, 2016
WHERE? Bay View, Vivanta by Taj, Fort Aguada, Goa

Goa Rhythm & Blues 2016 will showcase the performances of 10 artists in different genres.

After the extravagant success of Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Festival, Genesis Foundation is all set to come up with their second edition of Goa Rhythm & Blues Music Festival 2016 bringing together musical lovers under one roof who believe in their cause of ‘Give Life a chance’ for critically ill under-privilege children.

Genesis Foundation is taking this year’s festival to the serene beaches of Goa by not only celebrating the cause but also helping the sick children with the funds raised at the festival.

After achieving major success and attention in its first edition, the two-day long music festival, Goa Rhythm & Blues Festival 2016, will bring some well-known bands, artists and musicians together in Goa to perform for the benefit of critically ill under-privileged children, suffering from cardiac disorders, cancer, physical deformity and Thalassemia.

Genesis Foundation’s music festivals have caught the attention of music lovers and bands alike and their first edition event—the Goa Rhythm & Blues Festival 2015, has been a total sell out in all its four editions! Goa Rhythm & Blues Festival 2016 takes the tradition ahead, combining the fun and excitement of a place like Goa, the lure of music, and the joy and satisfaction of ‘giving’ for a good cause.

The line-up features 10 musicians & bands, who promise to enthrall the music lovers with a mixed bag of music genres—

Pop, Rock, Sufi, Fusion and Bollywood! They are:

Mario Serenaders
Soundarya Jayachandran
Flute by Dr Muktesh Chander
Clear Blue Sky
Suraj Jagan
Kamakshi Khanna Collective
Prem Joshua & Band
Thermal And a Quarter
David Furtado Dance & Aerobics
Monali Thakur Live

Prema Sagar, Founding Trustee of Genesis Foundation said, “While we have some incredible talent taking the stage, this event is much more than just another music festival. It is about a chance of life to 15 under-privileged, critically ill children. It warms our hearts to see our sponsors, supporters, musicians and attendees come together and pitch in for the cause.”

In order to raise awareness and resources to facilitate medical assistance to GF Kids, Genesis Foundation has created unusual and unique participative fundraising events involving music, art and food. Some of these events are Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival, CEOs Cook for GF Kids, Music for Life events, among others. Genesis Foundation is also the beneficiary of CEO’s Got Talent, produced by FremantleMedia.

The event is well supported by a number of renowned brands, including Beam Suntory, monster.com, UFLEX, Indigo, Mera Events, EasyGroupBook.com, Encompass, Vivanta Fort Aguada Goa by Taj, Quick Relations, Step UP, NZ Tech and Genesis Burson-Marsteller.

Genesis Foundation (GF) provides financial support for life-saving and life-changing medical intervention for critically ill under-privileged children in areas of cancer, cardiac disorder, organ transplant, thalassemia and extreme deformities.

For more information visit facebook page - www.facebook.com/events/556544257870168

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

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