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    Join the ‘happy’ three-day festival starting tonight at Opus                                                                                                                                        O HAPPY Weekend is a festival of live music, street food and generous cocktails (served in buckets and sippers). Look out for a small flea market outside the venue too. “There is nothing new in the format of the festival except for newer bands and quirkier drinks,” smiles owner Carlton Braganza, who hopes the crowds will groove to bands like Skrat, Lagori and One Night Stand and try their new vodka and tequila-based offering – Happy Drink.

    Day one
    The action starts at 7pm with Perfect Strangers, a city-based hard rock outfit and Junkyard Groove, an alternative rock band from Chennai. Prefer some foot-tapping folk music? Wait for Lagori – a melting pot of soulful vocal, backed by groovy guitar, bass and drum lines. Hang on for acoustic performances by Bryden & Parth, a duo known for its impromptu jams involving the flute, guitar, some singing and beat-boxing. And a solo performance by Mad Orange Fireworks’ frontman Michael Dias.

    Day two
    Get here by 5 pm for a performance by rock group Bloody Crackers. Followed by Skrat, an alternative three-piece band from Chennai. For a dose of feel good, commercial progressive house music, DJs Brendan and Bradley will take over. The evening ends with the high octane city-based dance rock band One Nite Stand.

    Day three
    Make a day of it starting with The Whitefield Blues Quartet right from 10 am. Expect sound rooted in jazz and rock and roll. Kenneth Sebastian will be giving you his hilarious take on politics, ex-girlfriends and the city in general through his stand up routine. Later, Dance to the tunes of DJ Rohan Kapoor as he mixes the very best of house music. Shed your inhibitions, grab the mic and end the evening with Carlton Braganza’s Karaoke Kroaknights.

    Tuck in
    This time around, they have on offer simple delicacies like Goan sausage fried rice, chorizo pao, pork biriyani, stuffed dosas, fiery prawn and Happy potato smileys with cheese or bacon, to be washed down with a variety of cocktails including ceebee, Long Island Iced Tea and mojito.

    Other attractions
    For some retail therapy, check out offerings from the likes of Graphicurry, Party Mania and Anushri. They also have a gaming zone by Kingfisher and Heineken, a foosball table, sledgehammer and beer pong to keep you entertained.

    Rs.440 upwards. At Opus, Palace Cross Road. Details: 9844030198

    —Avinash Kumai


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