Day 1 of the fifth edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2019 opened to a packed house at the beautiful venue of ‘Wenfield’ in Thadlaskein, Lad Mukhla, Jaintia Hills. Surrounded by the hills of Meghalaya, thousands of fans and music lovers were treated to the sounds of their favourite bands in action at the happiest music festival.
The much awaited event opened its doors to fans from across India, who attended in droves to see Australian rock band Karnivool (who were celebrating 10 year since the release of their landmark album Sound Awake) and Canadian progressive metal band Intervals (in India for the very first time). Shubha Mudgal enthralled festival goers with a powerful performance, with this being her first performance in Meghalaya, with Benny Dayal & Funktuation also performing hits from their EP to a thrilled crowd. The event also saw some of India’s finest acts make their debut performances at the happiest music festival like Pakshee, Antariksh and The Koniac Net in North East India.
Local artists from across the east of India also played to a very diverse audience of music fans. Featuring everything from rock, blues and shoe-gaze, acts like Blue Temptation (hailing from Shillong themselves), Lo! Peninsula (from Imphal), Fame the Band and the Andrea Tariang Band (both from Meghalaya) set the stage for the multi-genre and multi-stage music festival.
Day 2 promises to be even bigger at the happiest music festival. Thrash metal legend and guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman is all set to make his India debut, followed by fan-favourite British progressive metal band TesseracT playing in Meghalaya for the very first time. Indian band Soulmate, who hail from the blues capital of Shillong, are slated to perform a very special blues set featuring guest appearances from the best musicians from across East India. Other upcoming artists include Sarathy Korwar, When Chai Met Toast and Sri-lankan act The Soul.
With hip-hop being the flavour of the season, the genre is very well represented and slated to raise the roof in Meghalaya on Day 2 with performances by Raja Kumari and local acts such as Khasi Bloodz, Small Axe Sound, and more.
Coupled with the sounds from top bands from across the world, the festival goers also thronged the bazaar section that catered to their tastes. Featuring merchandise, accessories and other rare local finds, as well as a variety of food stalls serving different cuisines, the festival had something for everyone.
With stellar performances by Marty Friedman, TesseracT, Soulmate and Raja Kumari, the fifth edition of BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender in the hills came alive
November 2019 – BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender closed its 5th edition yesterday with a packed crowd, surrounded by the majestic Meghalayan hills, with acts from across the world. The second day featured some stellar acts, including legendary thrash guitarist Marty Friedman (playing in India for the very first time), British prog metal giants TesseracT (playing in Meghalaya for the first time) and a special set from local favourite and blues legends Soulmate, with the special act – the North East Blues special.
We had a number of bands with extremely diverse sounds from across north-east India showcase their acts right here at the happiest music festival. With acts like rap group Khasi Bloodz, dub reggae band Small Axe Sound and hip-hop artist Meba Ofilia (from Shillong, Meghalaya), jazz-pop act Avora Records (from Aizawl, Mizoram) and funk-rock band Minute of Decay (from Imphal, Manipur), no genre was left behind this year at BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender.
To represent the sounds of a truly global festival, artists from different parts of the world played to an adoring crowd. England based Indo-jazz artist Sarathy Korwar, Sri Lankan soul band The Soul and US-based rapper Raja Kumari enthralled the audience, with each of them playing in Meghalaya for the first time.
“2019 marks our 5th year in Meghalaya and year 10 of the festival. We’re very attached to the people here, and the enthusiasm and heart that they show towards music and the festival is incredible to experience. The festival sits in the middle of the hills and by far is the most unique festival venue in the country. We can hardly wait to be back again next year and bring back more music and a world class production to the beautiful people of Meghalaya”, said Supreet Kaur, Festival Director, BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender.
The festival opened its doors to not only music from across the world but cuisines and art too, with bustling flea market offering local favourites as well as a food court featuring top-notch local delicacies.
As Meghalaya came to a close, the Weekender state of mind didn’t stop there. BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender, Pune will come alive on 29 November 2019 to 1st December 2019. With this being the 10th year since the inception of the happiest music festival, this promises to be a memorable experience, especially with acts like Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker), Opeth, Kodaline and many more. Tickets for this edition can be booked on https://insider.in/nh7-weekender