Good days are coming. The eighth edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender is all set to hit Pune from 8-10 December. The festival ruled the hills of Meghalaya from 27-28 October, followed by Weekender Express Editions around the country. The musical extravaganza will come to an end in the home city of Pune and we can’t wait to witness the power-packed performances by some of the finest global and homegrown artists.
Here are the eight international acts debuting at Bacardi NH7 Weekender Pune.
1. Steve Vai
At the moment, everyone knows that the guitar virtuoso Steve Vai will be debuting at the Pune edition of Weekender. As I missed the Meghalaya edition, I was Whispering a Prayer and got my answers when Vai’s name was added to the line-up for the Pune edition. He doesn’t really need an introduction. Over the past 7 years, the festival has seen 139 international acts from 23 countries, and this year three times Grammy awardee Steve Vai will be an absolute treat to witness on stage.
2. Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex is currently one of the fiercest bands in the Indie rock circuit with more than 87 million views on their YouTube channel, 1.3 million monthly Spotify listeners and critical acclaim for their debut album earlier in 2017. Described as an ambient pop collective, their music is an amalgamation of dream pop, melodic and noir. With a rapidly growing fan-base, their maiden performance in India is surely going to be a highlight for the Pune edition.
3. Marky Ramone
Marky Ramone aka Marc Steven Bell is best known for being the drummer of the legendary American punk band, The Ramones. His career with the band spanned 15 years, 1700 shows, and a Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction. Soon after joining the band, The Ramones recorded their debut cult album, Road to Ruin, following which they filmed Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.
4. The Dillinger Escape Plan
Take crushing riffs, complex time signatures, unimaginable control, bold experimentation and an unparalleled stage 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.
5. The Magnets
If you want to experience vocals, beatboxing along with British a cappella, you can’t afford to miss The Magnets at Weekender Pune. The band revolutionised British a cappella in the 2000s by combining amazing vocal percussion with glorious harmonies. Get ready to witness the sheer versatility of a cappella performance with their trademark inventive choreography and lashings of audience-engaging charm.
6. Madame Gandhi
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., Madame Gandhi now writes her own electronic music that elevates and celebrates the female voice. 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 January 2017.
7. Colt Silvers
French indie band Colt Silvers is a three-piece act, inspired by pop culture and their sound portrays a strong cinematographic vibe. Comprised of Tristan Lepagney (vocalist), Nicolas Lietaert (Bass) and Agnan Banholzer (Lead Guitar), the band released their album Red Panda in 2013, strongly inspired by Asian music. This year along with their debut in the Pune edition of Weekender, they are coming out with a new album Swords, co-produced and mixed by the genius Fab Dupont.
Vancouver-based Youngblood’s music is dreamy but insistent, lush sound anchored by electronic grooves. Heavily inspired by the French electronic retro-futurist duo Air, Alexis Youngblood 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. Gear up for a powerful new dynamic in a live setting at Weekender.
Picture source: Steve Vai (NH7 Official Facebook), rest artists’ official Facebook.