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After rocking the music scene for the last six years, Bacardi NH7 Weekender is all set to debut in Hyderabad. The seventh edition of the music festival has an impressive line up of legends from the EDM industry. DJs Nucleya, Anish Sood, Django Django and many others will be behind the console as bands such as Dinosaur Pile Up, Indian Ocean, Farhan Live, The Ganesh Talkies, The Raghu Dixit Project and Parikrama among others play live. We find out what to expect from some of the big names who will be performing in the city.
As a precursor the musical extravaganza, a pre-party will be hosted at Olive Bistro – Hyderabad on Saturday night. On November 5 and 6 at the GMR Arena, Shamshabad from 3 pm onwards. Tickets at `2,500.
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Things to do at the venue
Some of the most imaginative stage designs, exquisite art installations, diverse food options and an eclectic bazaar where artists, craftspeople, DIYers and hobbyist entrepreneurs from all over the country will congregate. Everything in the bazaar including food can be bought with tickets sold at the coupon counter. The event will also have participants from the Bacardi NH7 Weekender Periphery Art Project where they will showcase some of the most intriguing art works including elaborate installations, intricate stage designs and graffiti.

Swarathma
This Bengaluru folk/fusion band will perform on November 5. The group who describe their music ‘rooted, energetic and powerful,’ say they have had great responses from Hyderabad in their previous visits. Speaking of their gig, Vasu Dixit says, “We will be playing three songs that Hyderabad has not heard before.”
About their upcoming releases, Dixit who made the crowd in Bengaluru sing “Ee bhoomi swarga aaguthide nodu earlier this month, says, “We are working on the first single of our new album called Swatter Pehno and talks about parental pressures on youngsters. We have all suffered it at some point and we felt it was a powerful theme to sing about, in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. We have composed a bunch of new songs that we hope to record and release in 2017.” The band with a social conscience has a huge following in the city.

The Ganesh Talkies
This four-member Kolkata band, which will be performing on November 5, describes its music as kitsch, Indian and pop culture.
Says Suyasha Sengupta who does the vocals and guitar, “The majority of our band members are 90s kids. So our music is inspired by the life that we saw while growing up and it is rooted in culture. That is what we are going to showcase in Hyderabad.” The band will be performing tracks like Rum and Coke, The Great Indian Freak Show and Fight Club. It will be travelling to Mumbai after their performance in the city.

Redd Alluri
Originally from Hyderabad, but settled in London, Alluri will be marking his first big performance in his hometown on November 6. The Telugu boy promises to offer the audience a ‘relentlessly loud gig.’ The DJ will be performing tracks such as All The Women, Man of Truth and Its With You. Speaking of his future plans, he says, “The album Man of Truth just released recently. I plan to record an album in Telugu. A song has already been recorded last month in London. The music video will come out early next year.” Alluri will be performing on the second day, November 6.

Indian Ocean
Stating their music as ‘honest, rooted and universal,’ Rahul Ram says, “The crowd can expect all of their favourites plus some previously unheard / unreleased stuff.” The band will be performing on the opening day, November 5, and will have Bandeh, Kandisa and the title track of their latest album Tandanu. Rahul adds that the band is currently working on a few new things for their next album, which he expects to be out by mid 2017. They will be touring across Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Belgaum, Goa, Dhakha before ending this month at NH7 Express
in Jaipur.

— Nishad Neelambaran

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