The much awaited Vh1 Supersonic got off to a roaring start with Dj Skip and Small Talk kicking off the proceedings on two different stages simultaneously. With 5 stages, 50+ artistes from across the world and a theme which gave the fans a reason to celebrate the infinite and set their soul free with the magic of outer space. Not only this Vh1 Supersonic, one of the biggest multi-genre music festivals of India featured captivating performances by Marshmello, Jaden Smith, Bonobo, Rudimental DJ, Two Door Cinema Club, et al. The stellar line up was enticing enough for the fans who turned up in record numbers. The Awakening arena was particularly favoured by the techno boys and girls.
Apart from the grand musical lineup, Vh1 Supersonic 2019 opened doors to experiences which were worth the wait and beyond limitations. The main stage resembled a space ship and the artistes did ensure a virtual trip to space for the fans. The Bud X Awakening arena featured some of the best techno acts while the fans at the Live arena witnessed some raw energy from the artistes performing live. One could sense a fresh bout of energy across the festival with fans celebrating the music and the artistes. The two day festival celebrating music transpired unhindered and ensured the ticket cost was justified.
The first day of the festival marked Jaden Smith’s debut performance in India. The crowd came in huge numbers to witness the youngest and the most popular rapper. Jaden entering the stage with the Indian tri-colour in his hand evoked the loudest response of the day.
The indie rock band from Ireland, Two Door Cinema Club, also made its mark in a manner that will be remembered for years. The band’s ravishing beats coupled with high energy, left the crowd wanting more. In addition to them, the performances by TroyBoi, Paul Ritch, Broken Glass and others set the souls free with their sensational music. The day ended with Rudimental DJ, known for taking London’s underground music scene by storm, setting the stage ablaze with his beats. With an incredible mix of local as well as international performers, day one of Vh1 Supersonic was unequivocally a massive hit!
The final day of the extravaganza was lit up with multi-genre music along with marvellous experiences for the festival goers. The day started off with a packed audience singing the Indian National Anthem at full volume. This was not the only highlight of the day. The return of Marshmello to Vh1 Supersonic 2019 was much awaited and he took the festival by storm by performing to some of his biggest hits. Before starting off his set, the international superstar asked the crowd to observe a 2 minute silence for the Indian CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama Attack.
(Pic: Marshmello Waving the Indian Flag at Vh1 Supersonic 2019 Day 2)
The audience was touched by his gesture and nearly a pin drop silence was ensured. Marshmello kicked off with the latest Bollywood hit ‘Aankh Mare’, much to the surprise and delight of the fans. The song selection did not go down well with me but looking at the audience’s reaction to it, I gave it a pass. The LED screens were covered with the Indian flag and the superstar was right on the edge of the stage waving the tri-colour.
(Pic: Bonobo at Vh1 Supersonic 2019)
While Marshmello was soaring with energy on the Sonic Realm stage, on the Live arena stage the Downtown Electronica King – Bonobo also created an electrifying atmosphere with a surreal performance. The superstar played a live set with his band and caused some serious damage to faint hearted and non-techno lovers.
(Pic: Tuhin Mehta and Ash Roy)
Indian Tech superstars Ash Roy and Tuhin Mehta also won over the fans with their rhythm on a live B2B set. The pair effortlessly got the crowd, which was waiting patiently for them, grooving to their beats. Their set witnessed the highest crowd turnout at the Bud X Awakening stage as the duo belted out their original music along with playing the percussions live. Ash and Tuhin, who are known for their high pitched energy, were replaced by the fantastic Colin Benders. Benders played a live set which was not only rhythmic but very up-tempo. The stage drew curtains with Techno superstar DJ Reinier Zonneveld literally raining the beats on the crowd that had already gone berserk! The day only got better by performances from Lost Stories and Zaeden, BLOT! and Kohra upping the mood of the festival. Indian Sensation Prateek Kuhad took over the stage with fans singing along to all their favourite songs. On popular demand, Arjun Vaghale performed yet again at Vh1 Supersonic and stole the show with his display of soulful music.
The festival lived up to its reputation of being one of India’s premier electronic music festival. The brilliantly curated line up and the spectacular stage setups created the perfect festival vibe essential for a music event of such magnitude. The Bud X Awakening arena was the highlight of the festival. The arena hosted some brilliant techno artistes and the audience soaked in the energy. Artistes like Gaiser, Bart Skils, Paul Ritch, Layton Giordani cast a spell on the fans. The B2B set unleashed by Browncoat and Sequ3l to start the festival created the vibe which lasted till the final beat was played.
The festival could do with a longer line up of underground artistes in the coming edition. Whether it is on the beaches of Goa or on the grounds of Pune, Supersonic is becoming synonymous with electronic music. The electronic music fans would hope that the festival does not have the headliners performing simultaneously. Fans were forced to opt between Marshmello, Bonobo and the brilliant Reinier Zonneveld. All said and done, the festival was not the one to be missed.