IN­DIA GETS ALL SET TO ROCK ON

We don’t know how bright In­dia’s shin­ing but with these gigs, In­dia’s surely rock­ing

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In­dia is get­ting ready to host some of the big­gest in­ter­na­tional gigs in the com­ing months. Pop­u­lar Amer­i­can elec­tronic mu­sic pro­ducer, Skrillex will be kick­start­ing his four-city tour in Ben­galuru to­day.

The 27-year-old will be wrap­ping up his maiden tour in the Cap­i­tal on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 11. Pop­u­lar Bri­tish mu­si­cian and pro­ducer, Mark Ron­son will be de­but­ing in In­dia as part of a pop­u­lar mu­sic fes­ti­val in Novem­ber. The Up­town Funk hit­maker will per­form in Delhi, Pune, Ben­galuru and Mum­bai. Amer­i­can rock band, Guns ‘N’ Roses’ for­mer gui­tarist Slash too is com­ing to the coun­try for the first time along­side singer Myles Kennedy. They will be per­form­ing in Mum­bai and Ben­galuru in Novem­ber.

That’s not all, elec­tronic mu­sic trio — Ma­jor Laser are also sched­uled to per­form in Mum­bai, Delhi and Ben­galuru in De­cem­ber.

“It’s great to see so many mu­si­cians com­ing to In­dia to per­form. Around 15-20 years ago, In­dia wasn’t a great des­ti­na­tion to go to and per­form. Now, there are more spon­sors, the event or­gan­is­ers have got bet­ter and peo­ple have been lucky to wit­ness all these great acts,” says Su­bir Ma­lik, mem­ber of rock group Parikrama.

The first part of the year has been equally hap­pen­ing. Cold­play’s front­man Chris Martin played a 20-minute im­promptu gig at a café in Delhi. Amer­i­can alt rock band, Pud­dle of Mudd, too re­cently con­cluded their first-ever tour in In­dia.

“The first re­ac­tion to all these big names com­ing to In­dia is yayy! But, there is a bit of a prob­lem. Most of the au­di­ences will be stu­dents. There is a pretty short time be­tween the per­for­mances and it will be dif­fi­cult for them to go to all these gigs as they have fi­nite bud­gets,” says VJ Nikhil Chi­napa.

Chris Martin per­form­ing at an im­promptu gig in Delhi

Pud­dle of Mudd

Skrillex

Slash Mark Ron­son

Around 15-20 years ago, In­dia wasn’t a great des­ti­na­tion to go to and per­form. Now, there are more spon­sors... the event or­ga­niz­ers have got bet­ter

Su­bir Ma­lik, mu­si­cian

...AND THEY WERE HERE

PHOTO:AN­GELA WEISS/AFP THEY ARE COM­ING...

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