One of the nations’ most anticipated music festival, Bacardi Nh7 Weekender is coming back to the abode of clouds for the third time. The previous two editions in Shillong played host to legendary bands/artistes like The Wailers, Megadeth and Steven Wilson. This year, as soon as the festival dates were announced for Meghalaya, the early bird tickets vanished into thin air within hours of its sale. Then music lovers waited for the most exciting segment, the line up reveal.
As it started rolling out in phases on 24th August, 2017, the initial phases got the weekender warriors disappointed and dejected, some even asked for a refund. But all social media rants came to a standstill when the complete line-up was announced last evening, and why not? This year’s edition has one of the most diverse line-up and here are a few reasons why you should not miss NH7 Weekender, Meghalaya, 2017.
Steve Vai, the three time Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso is coming to Meghalaya. Starting his career transcribing music for the legendary Frank Zappa, Vai learnt guitar from the very best – Joe Satriani. He’s collaborated with David Lee Roth, Alcatrazz, Whitesnake, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, Tosin Abasi, The Aristocrats, and been a part of the Satriani-headed G3 Live Guitar Tour. He has 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.
Metal heads will also be ecstatic that one of metal’s most innovative bands, TEXTURES – the iconic Dutch metal band who have inspired a generation of new rockers, will be performing at the festival.
Paul Dempsey, an Australian singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist known to most as the frontman of revered Australian band, Something for Kate. His debut album, 2009’s ‘Everything Is True’, peaked at #5 on the ARIA charts, and was nominated for three ARIA awards that year, and named iTunes Australia’s Album of the Year. He has played in London, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and, of course, India during the last edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender.
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A wide range of artistes spread across multiple genres will be playing at the festival this time. Some are making their debut at the festival like Yesterdrive and Khasi Bloodz.
The full line includes Aqua Dominatrix, aswekeepsearching, Avora Records, Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate, Bhayanak Maut, Blackstratblues All Stars, Dewdrops, Divine, Dualist Inquiry, Faridkot, Feyago, Goddess Gagged, Hriday Gattani, Indian Ocean, Kamakshi Khanna Collective, Karsh Kale Collective, Khasi Bloodz, Lateral, Mosko, Paul Dempsey, Parvaaz, Polar Lights, Rhythm Shaw, Ritviz, Skyharbor, Steve Vai, Tali Angh, Thaikkudam Bridge, The Ganesh Talkies, The Local Train, The Rudy Wallang Guitar Jamboree, Textures, Triau Trackx, When Chai Met Toast, Yesterdrive and Zygnema.
If that isn’t reason enough then the prospect of a musical trip amidst clouds and green forests is sure to prompt you into booking your tickets. Also, don’t forget the picturesque views on the way to the venue.
By Mrinal Paul