The much-awaited artist lineup for this year’s Pune edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender was announced on Wednesday.
The festival is returning for its ninth edition with some prominent global artists, including Joe Satriani, a 15-time Grammy nominee and the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time, Hiatus Kaiyote, 4 piece band from Down Under that defy genres with their soulful sound, FKJ, the iconic artist who plays guitar, bass, saxophone, piano and more, God Is An Astronaut, an Irish band with a fusion of intense rock instrumentation, ethereal and emotional soundscapes, awe-inspiring dynamics and transfixing melodies, Nightmares on Wax, a project of music producer George Evelyn whose music is a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, reggae and the early rave sounds that could be heard across England, sleepmakeswaves, an instrumental rock band from Sydney, The Contortionist, a progressive metal band from Indiana who wear their influences ranging from Meshuggah to Pat Metheny proudly on their sleeves, and West Thebarton, a garage rock band from Adelaide who are coming to show you how to rock and roll.
The festival also features some of the best artists from India including Benny Dayal & Funktuation, who will be playing funk covers from the ‘80s and the ‘90s, Bhuvan Bam, a talented entertainer who will now take the stage to kickstart his music career, Shubha Mudgal, the Hindustani powerhouse who bridges the divide between classical and modern, Mahesh Kale, Pune’s own maestro proficient at thumri, dadra, tappa, bhajans, bhavgeet, and natyasangeet, Salim-Sulaiman, celebrated composer duo who have worked on over a hundred Bollywood movies, will bring you a set full of soulful Sufi music at Pune.
This apart, you will also witness some favourite artists returning to the festival like Dualist Inquiry, Ritviz and The Local Train.
Talking about the lineup, Supreet Kaur, festival director, comments, “The core of our festival this year is variety and diversity, and the lineup is undoubtedly the most diverse it’s ever been. Over 75 per cent of the artists performing at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Pune are making their Weekender debut this year. Listening to a thousand new artists each year is what keeps us excited, and we’re thrilled to share our discoveries with the fans.”