The contest has been held in the state capital Kohima since its introduction in 2004 as Hornbill National Rock Contest. The event went international in 2013. This is the first time, the venue has been shifted to Dimapur, which has the only airport and rail station in Nagaland. 18 acts from all over the country selected through extensive auditions and four selected bands from the host state will complete the lineup.
Since the Hornbill Festival was shifted to the Kisama Heritage Village near Kohima, there have been demands that other districts should be allowed to host the biggest tourism event. Dimapur got to be a part of the Festival when it hosted events related to the Hornbill Music Festival.
Chief Minister’s Office Nagaland, said in a press statement “ Idea behind shifting the event was primarily on account of the desire and wishes of other districts to be a part of the Hornbill Festival. As such, the Government is planning to organize the event in Dimapur this year and likewise, it may go to other Districts on a rotation basis from next year.”
The 25 acts for HIRC 2017 are:
Avora Records (Aizawl), Daira (Mumbai), Doodles (Kalimpong), Fluff Paradox (Delhi), Ghouls (Singapore), Head Motif (Sikkim), Hidden Identity (Kolkata), Highway 69 (Ranchi), Lost Icons (New Delhi), Mount Groove (Darjeeling), North H (Bhutan), Pantacrator (Meghalaya), Perfect Stick Figure Illustrations (Gangtok), Radical Change (Mirik, Darjeeling), Radiocity (Kohima, Nagaland), Seed of Changes (Bangalore), Serenade (Kolkata) Switchblade (Kohima, Nagaland), Sylvester the Trio (Bangalore), The Kids we used to know (Montana, USA), The Great Decade (Mokokchung, Nagaland), The Prophets (Mizoram), Titans (Tura), Trivial (Guwahati), Yellow Beacon (Dimapur)