They’re India’s first choice for backing music in college fashion shows. Three out of seven cars sending out shockwaves of pure bass at traffic signals are probably blasting their songs.
Less impressively, they’ve sold 25 million records worldwide and are pioneers of 1990s-style booming electronica. The lyrically sparse, shouty epic punk trio The Prodigy (responsible for Firestarter and Smack My Bitch Up) are coming to India in January, playing two shows in Bangalore and New Delhi (13 January and 15 January, respectively).
They’re headlining a new festival called Invasion that hopes to move India’s big-ticket live concerts away from classic rock to current international livewires. The Prodigy, whose live shows are exercises in loud, frantic energy, make perfect poster boys for this endeavour. A typical concert of theirs features much psychedelic lighting, jumping around, and MC/vocalist Maxim Reality working up the crowd with his shrill screech.
Electric: The Prodigy are big-beat pioneers.
It’s being organized by Motherswear, the festival’s division of artiste management firm Only Much Louder, in collaboration with the UK-based artiste events company UKNY Music. Invasion will also feature other international acts, as well as top acts from across the country. The festival will be a single-day event, and it comes a month after the planned three-day NH7 Weekender in Pune in December, which is also organized by Only Much Louder.
The ticket prices and details of other performers will be announced later this month. Go to Invasion Festival’s Facebook page, or the official website, www.invasionfestival.in , for details.
The Delhi walla
Have you read these new books on Delhi?
The Delhi Walla blog’s mix of gentle exploration and candid street photography finds a perfect alternate home in this new set of three guidebooks to Delhi. Mayank Austen Soofi’s writing is peppered with wry observation and amusing historical nuggets (an example: When Pakistan dictator Zia-ul-Haq visited St Stephen’s College, his alma mater, he first looked for a cart selling “Banta” lemon), and the books cover the length and breadth of the National Capital Region, from the amusement parks in Rohini to the temples in Chhattarpur.
The three guides cover “Hangouts” (which include routes for tranquil walks through Delhi’s quieter neighbourhoods), “Food+Drink” (which includes recipes sourced from long-time Delhi denizens) and “Monuments”.
The photography, also by the author, is consistently excellent, and the text always interesting, even if some of the descriptions seem to end rather abruptly. It’s an unavoidable problem with the form—the blog seemed to allow for a much more languid and focused exploration, while the guidebooks need to rush through every possible sight and sound. Another sticking point is the price—Rs199 for each book in the set, which is a little steep for a modest 110-page volume.