You know you’re in for a wild ride, when a music festival’s homepage reads ‘Mark our words: this is not for the weak-hearted’. This message isn’t part of a ‘shockvertising’ campaign because at this two-day event you can expect the BPM (beats per minute) count to reach well into the 200s. Being staged near Baga beach, the Hardcore: Invasion festival will bring the signature distorted, atonal beats and pounding basslines of hardcore—a genre of electronic music that evolved (from hardtechno) during the early 90s in Netherlands. Besides options to camp, participate in mudfights, enter beer-chugging contests, partake in UV-paint parties and go zip-lining, there’s music from world-renowned artistes like Radical Redemption (Joey van Ingen), Theo Gobensen (Gibson Teo), Miss K8 (Kateryna Kremko) and Angerfist (Danny Masseling).
Meet the invaders
Though India’s hardcore scene is in its nascent stage, dance music enthusiasts have expressed interest in this intense genre of music. “This is one of the major reasons why I headed here in 2013, for a three-city tour. The cool thing about India is the enthusiasm of the crowd. They really appreciate you being there and know almost every tune that you drop, which makes it an excellent experience,” shares Angerfist, who’s currently on a world tour to promote his latest chart-topping album, Raise & Revolt. If you were in Goa for Sunburn and Supersonic and decided to extend your vacation, then this festival is exactly what you are looking for, as Dutch artiste Ingen claims that it is going to be the “sickest party of 2016”—primarily because of the perfect venue (by the beach), and hard and pure new music. So what can party-goers expect to hear? “I’m going to play some unreleased tracks and will definitely drop my hardstyle remix of Above & Beyond’s classic tune Satellite,” explains Teo, the Singapore-based hardstyle DJ.
January 8-9. Tickets from Rs 1,000.
After conquering the dancefloors of major global hardcore festivals like Dominator, Syndicate and Defqon.1, Miss K8 is making her Indian debut in Goa. “Indian dance music fans have lots of energy and are up for dancing all night long. Hardcore: Invasion is going to create an unforgettable atmosphere and may possibly be the reason for future hardcore events in India,” shares Kiev-based Kremko, who’s one of few female artistes ranked amongst Top 100 DJs of 2015 by DJ Mag.