With seven bands like Avial, Skrat and Between Recess, four DJs, adventure sports, food, merchandise and more — all roads lead to Rock Stock on ECR, next weekend
Word of a ‘beach rock festival’ has been spreading like wildfire and people are excited. This isn’t the first time Chennai is hosting a beachside musical event. But as a ‘festival’, this is a first. The line up includes both city-based and visiting bands Avial, Thermal And a Quarter, Girish & The Chronicles, Junkyard Groove, Skrat, Frank’s Got The Funk and Between Recess. Adventure sports and tattoo stalls vie for guests’ attention through the day. DJs Ankytrixx, Helium Project, Dominic and Sleep Walker take over from the bands at night. And a stall by Hard Rock Cafe will offer liquor for the first time, since their launch in the city!
Game of numbers
Going by what’s on offer, one would think that Rock Stock, scheduled to take place on September 6, has been in the making for a while. But Malcom A, MD of event management firm Cloud 9 Entertainment, insists otherwise. “We came up with the idea a couple of years ago, but did not start on it. After seeing the crowd of 2,500 that turned up at Sunburn VGP two months ago, we started this project the very next day.” Incidentally, Cloud 9 are also the people behind the New Year party, Insomnia, that is in its fourth year. Again thanks to the success of Sunburn at VGP, a long list of brands — MTV, Hard Rock Cafe, Hero, Tata, Air Asia, Kingfisher, among others — have come on board to back the festival.
What you get
Chariot Beach Resort in Mahab-alipuram is the venue, and while the stage is set up by the beach, Malcom cautions that guests will not be permitted to step into the water. You can try persuading the 40 bouncers and 30 plus security guards. But a better idea would be to settle for the other forms of entertainment they offer — from ATV rides, to rock climbing and para gliding. And while stalls like Marry Brown, Subway and Spoonbill will take care of your tummy from noon till the wee hours, Hard Rock Cafe’s bartenders will ensure that you’re always in good spirits.
Frank’s Got The Funk
Sajith Satya and Shashank Vijay, members of both Frank’s Got The Funk and Junkyard Groove, will be on stage twice. “This is the first time we’re doing two sets at a festival,” admits drummer Vijay, adding that Frank’s Got The Funk will be performing a completely new set. It was formerly an alternative rock band, and Vijay shares, “Even our old songs are revamped with a bit of electronic.” Expect a lot of foot tapping numbers from this city-based band, last seen two weeks ago at Hard Rock Cafe.
All it took for Ameeth Thomas to say ‘yes’ to this festival was the names in the line-up. “It was too good to be true,” laughs the front man of Chennai’s very own rockstars, who recently shot 12 songs for Kerala-based Kappa TV. And while they have not decided on their playlist yet — Thomas shrugs it off with an “It’s all in the moment” — one can expect a mix of their old and new favourites — It’s ok, Folk you and the newer, In your eyes.
The youngest group in the line-up admit that they’re excited. “I expect it to be pretty big,” says bassist Satish Narayanan, adding “the last time Avial performed was at The Music Festival earlier this month and that saw a packed house.” At Rock Stock, Skrat promises to deliver numbers from their upcoming album slated to release in a month, in addition to favourites like Smoke a cigar and Tin can man.
Thermal And a Quarter
These rockers from Bangalore were last seen a few months ago at Savera Hotel. “Chennai has always been good to us,” says Bruce Lee Mani, the front man, who is working on a new album — their first with bassist Leslie Charles — expected to be out by November. “Unlike our last one with 28 tracks, this will have 10-12,” he shares, explaining that they’ve been busy setting up the second branch of their music school, Taaqademy, in Whitefield.