The 10th edition of the happiest music festival came to an end on Sunday, December 1, and left the audience spellbound with performances by Kodaline, Ritviz, Swarathma, Midival Punditz and several others. Celebrating a decade of bringing the best local and global musical acts to the Indian audience, Bacardi NH7 Weekender, the country’s largest multi-genre music festival — conceptualised by OML in 2010, returned to its hometown, Pune, on Friday (November 29). One of the most anticipated and loved music events in India, the festival was once again welcomed by thousands of music fans at the venue — Mahalakshmi Lawns, Nagar Road.
The festival was completely sold out before the gates opened, and saw magnificent performances by the much anticipated internationally-acclaimed Irish rock band Kodaline, Ritviz, Indian Ocean, pop and folk band Easy Wanderlings, German band Fiddler’s Green, instrument jazz rock band Submarine in Space, DJ Ishani, Faridkot, Midival Punditz, Sid Sriram, Swarathma and others.
The festival also made way for Nick Murphy aka Chet Faker as well as the legendary Hindustani classical vocalist A Hariharan, who performed a special set called Soul India. Some of the other highlights included electronic act Sandunes, with a special piano set, BLOT! Live, Lifafa, Garden City Movement, as well as hip-hop performances by Swadesi, Brodha V and Raja Kumari, Opeth and heavy metal performances by PENGSHUi, Bhayanak Maut and Gutslit.
NH7 also saw performances by Kokoroko, Wadali Brothers, Many Roots Ensemble with MC TodFod doing guest vocals and Boombay Djembe Folas introducing the audience to a diverse range of sounds and beats put together by these artists.
The hip-hop performances at Breezer Stage were electrifying. Gully Gang Showcase, the Breezer Vivid Shuffle All Stars – hip hop dancers who preceded the Dreamville Showcase performances by Cozz and Earthgang, got the crowds screaming and cheering for them.
The three-day festival also featured stand-up comedians. Kanan Gill, Prashasti Singh, Raunaq Rajani, Supriya Joshi, Zakir Khan, Sumit Sourav, Shreeja Chaturvedi, Sejal Bhat, Sonali Thakker, Varun Thakur, BhaDiPa, Neeti Patla, Kenny Sebastian, Tanmay Bhat and Tom Cashman, from the Melbourne Comedy Festival, performed at the5 Star ke Lolstars Stage offering comic relief to festival goers.