Cause for music lovers to rejoice. Live acts are no longer restricted to pubs and restaurants or to small concerts. The first Eastwind Music Festival, to be held in New Delhi from 22 February, promises to bring the best of the land to a single forum every year.
This is not Bollywood masala or Indi-pop, but original music from all over India. “Time and again, anything non-Bollywood or classical has been labelled niche. Eastwind was created with the idea of taking contemporary original music to the next level—to the masses,” says Smriti George, manager of the music division of organizers Prospect A&M.
The mega festival, which hopes to attract over 10,000 people a day, will have a food court for participating musicians and revellers, and an “open mike” and jamming stage to ensure that musical talent that’s left out during the selection process also gets a chance. Senior musicians and artistes such as Ranjit Barot, Dhruv Ghanekar and Arjun Sen will conduct workshops and the best musical equipment, accessories and instruments available in India will be displayed in an exhibition.
Some of the main acts for the festival are Indian Ocean, Midival Punditz, Junkyard Groove, Jalebee Cartel, Thermal And A Quarter, Pentagram, Karsh Kale, Leni Stern, Skinny Alley, Them Clones and Pentagram. International acts include Anterior from the UK, Detonation from the Netherlands, The Leni Stern Band from the US and Baja Gaja from Nepal. “This year, our focus is on national bands because we want to familiarize people to the best that’s available within the country. But next year and the coming years, we will definitely be encouraging more international participation,” adds George.
At the NSIC grounds in Okhla, New Delhi; from 22 February to 24 February. For more information go to www.eastwindfestival.com. Tickets—Rs200 for a day and Rs500 for a season ticket—are available at select outlets in New Delhi or online at www.ticketpro.in