The second edition of Backdoors 2018 is back with two standalone shows in Mumbai (14 February) and Bengaluru (17 February). Well thought-out by The Humming Tree, the forthcoming edition of the festival will highlight some of the world’s most impressive contemporary acts. The festival aims to keep things simple and make space for great live music amidst a creative and enthusiastic atmosphere.
Backdoors Festival announced that progressive metal act TesseracT and indie-folk singer Mahesh Raghunandan will join the line-up for their forthcoming edition alongside artists like Anderson. Paak and The Free Nationals, alternative rock quartet Wolf Alice, Hip-Hop and spoken word artist Watsky, English drummer Danny Goffey (from erstwhile rockers Supergrass), Indie singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad, Hip-Hop act Divine and folk-rock band When Chai Met Toast.
“We’re thrilled that our second edition is bigger than the first. We aim to provide a platform that pushes bands and artists that we feel really need to be heard. We know our Bangalore audiences are hungry for good music, and this year it’s great to be expanding the festival to Mumbai. A bigger platform, more variety. See you there!” says Nikhil Barua, Founder of The Humming Tree. Now, know a bit about the artists.
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Brandon Paak Anderson, better known by his stage name Anderson .Paak, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, drummer and record producer from Oxnard, California. He plays with the band The Free Nationals, who play a variety of instruments such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums and also serve as backing vocalists. .Paak’s 2016 album, Malibu, received a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards.
A North London alt-rock outfit led by vocalist Ellie Rowsell, Wolf Alice mixes folk, grunge, and electronic elements with vintage ’90s indie rock. Their single Moaning Lisa Smile peaked at #9 on Billboard Alternative Songs in August 2015 and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance at the 2016 Grammys. They have been described as “the lovechild of folk and grunge”.
Watsky’s early career as a poet has impacted everything he’s done since. Whether emotionally raw or subversively comedic, lyrically gymnastic or narrative-based, the emphasis has always been on the words. After a hiatus to work on new material, Watsky pivots again, this time to prose, returning with his most ambitious album yet Times Infinity.
TesseracT founder Acle Kahney (lead guitar), longtime collaborators Jay Postones (drums), Amos Williams (bass, backing vocals), and James Monteith (guitar), and returning vocalist Daniel Tompkins (whose first show back was on the main stage at the U.K.’s Sonisphere) have honed in on the most exciting elements of their now trademarked sound. Storytelling with both lyricism and musicianship, TesseracT’s compositions are dense with meaning and urgent with something to say, literally and figuratively.
With the release of his debut album, In Tokens & Charms, in January 2015, India born singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad firmly established himself as one of the frontrunners in the Indian independent music scene. Having toured extensively around India, he has also performed in New York, Nashville, Austin, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Toronto etc., and as the support act for Alt J and Mike Posner’s India tours. Live, Prateek recreates a warmth and vulnerability that has become his signature, effortlessly blending his folk-pop sensibilities with heartbreaking lyrical irony.
Mahesh is a singer-songwriter and musician from Bangalore whose music combines indie folk, folk rock, pop rock and soul along with a hint of blues. Mahesh also performed a singer-songwriter set at The Bacardi NH7 Weekender Bengaluru Edition in December 2015 and Stage42 Festival that featured renowned international and national artists such as Mark Ronson, Boyce Avenue, Noori and AR. Rahman. He has performed with Christian Galvez, one of the best Jazz musicians in the world.
One of the premier Hip-Hop acts in India, Vivian aka Divine is an award-winning Rapper and Hip-Hop artist from the streets of Mumbai. With hit singles such as Farak and Jungli Sher, his raw and brutally honest Hindi rap draws inspiration from his own life. As the vanguard of Indiaʼs underground music scene, his ability to seamlessly fuse street Hindi rap and slang with International Hip-Hop beats makes his live shows power packed.
Working under the Vangoffey monicker Danny Goffey steps into the limelight after spending most of his adult life writing and performing in the British rock band Supergrass, penning many of their best songs including Alright, Caught by the Fuzz and Late in the Day. After more than 15 years the band split leaving Goffey contemplating his next move. From a small wooden shed in his garden his first ever solo album, Vangoffey was conceived and these songs started to gain momentum. Before long Goffey found himself signed to Distiller Records and recording his debut album in their wonderful Somerset studio.
When Chai Met Toast
A simple breakfast. A simple melody. When Chai Met Toast takes inspiration from the lighter side of life to create music that is heart-warming, happy, and smile-worthy. The newest band from the land of coconuts, they gained fans quickly with a special acoustic setup, and a unique brand of infectious happy music, which transcends age, genre, and even language.
In collaboration with Amnesty International India, The Humming Tree continues to strengthen its prominence of championing exciting acts and is delighted for this edition. Festival tickets are available on Insider.