All you need to know about NH7 Weekender 2018’s Pune lineup
By Bryan Durham - August 9, 2018
India’s ‘Happiest Music Festival’ Bacardi NH7 Weekender has announced its lineup for this year’s Pune edition and the list is decidedly more indie-heavy than previous years.
And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This, despite most of the names on the list only known to those familiar with India’s still thriving independent music scene.
The main headlining acts, however, are quite well known. Guitar god Joe Satriani is one of the headliners alongside the likes of Irish post-rock band God Is An Astronaut, French multi-instrumentalist FKJ (aka French Kiwi Juice), American prog-rock metal outfit The Contortionist, Grammy nominee future soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, veteran Hindustani classical vocalist Shubha Mudgal and celebrated composer duo Salim Sulaiman.
Other headlining acts include Nightmares On Wax (aka George Evelyn aka DJ E.A.S.E.), vocalist Mahesh Kale, bassist Mohini Dey, YouTuber turned singer Bhuvan Bam, Hindi Rock band The Local Train, Australian post-rock band sleepmakeswaves, Bollywood singer Benny Dayal with his band Funktuation, Aussie alt-rockers West Thebarton, Dualist Inquiry aka Sahej Bakshi, Ritviz (he of ‘Udd Gaye’ fame), singer-songwriter (((O))) [formerly known as June Marieezy], Indian post-rock band aswekeepsearching, Indian rock band Parvaaz, Indian dream pop duo LANDS and Indian live electronic producer duo Sapta.
The rest of the lineup includes popular Indian indie acts like Aditi Ramesh, Alif, Komorebi, Paper Queen, Shadow And Sandunes, Shadow And Light, Tanya Nambiar, The Kush Upadhyay Group and When Chai Met Toast among others.
And in a sharp change from former editions, there will be several comedy acts in attendance including the guys from AIB and Comicstaan.