A total of 13 acts from the Northeast played at the Meghalaya edition of NH7 Weekender this year. Right from its inception, the festival has promoted a pool of independent and homegrown artistes and they have repeated the drill every year. Bands from the Northeast certainly brought their A-game for this year’s edition.
>The Rudy Wallang Jamboree: Blues guitar maestro, Rudy Wallang curated a special set by assembling some of the finest guitarists from the region in one act. Music lovers really enjoyed the wonderful collaborations.
>Andrea Tariang, opened the Insider Other stage with a very melodious and mellow acoustic set. Her set was the perfect start to Day 1.
>Winner of this year’s Sennheiser Top 50, Avora Records from Mizoram were on fire. The humble five piece band were energetic and infectious.
>Nagaland’s Polar Lights and Tali Angh have been winning hearts with their performances all over the country and they did the same at the festival.
>Yesterdrive and Khasi Bloodz rocked the Breezer Vivid Shuffle stage. In fact, it was Khasi Bloodz’s second performance with a live band. It is great to see the group doing well after years of struggle.
>The young and talented, Rahul Rajkhowa grabbed the attention of the masses with his amazing voice. He closed the set with a song written in Malayalam.
>Mizoram’s Triau Trackx and Shillong’s Sarah Lee also won a lot of hearts because of their performances.
>Bands like Lady Midday, Lateral and Shillong’s Dewdrops made sure the reggae flags were waving high throughout the festival.
We hope to see more Northeastern acts performing at such big stages in the future as well.
Photo by Josiah Lyngywa