NH7 Weekender 2013 Pune was fun. Well, I thought it was better music last year, but the festival is definitely worth visiting every year.
Nucleya, Madboy/Mink, Ankur Tewari & The Vinyl Records are the new discoveries for me this year. Started downloading some of their albums and playing their songs on Youtube – this is the best part of NH7 for me, discovering great new bands.
As expected, Blackstratblues, Midival Punditz, Dualist Inquiry, Raghu Dixit Project performed stellar sets and made the festival memorable for me. Vir Das’ Alien Chutney had a so-so performance but their “This is my NH7 song” was a fun standout song. And I really wished Raghu Dixit Project played more from their second album, loved “Parashiva” song.
I think I can’t have enough of listening to Dualist Inquiry and Midival Punditz, kudos to such Indian talent.
The one crib that I have with NH7 event is that smoking kills the music. If there’s one reason, I won’t go to NH7 next year is because the place is filled with 99.9% smokers and the other 0.01%, which includes me, suffer for it. It’s a hard choice between great music and the ability to breathe.
All in all, the weekend is best summarized by a random tweet I came across in the #NH7Weekender hashtag:
Returning home to blore. Slightly depressed at the prospect of the day job tomorrow after the terrific high of the #NH7Weekender in pune
— Nikhilesh Murthy (@nikhileshmurthy) October 21, 2013
And it must be said – the OML folks do a remarkably good job of organizing every aspect of the event, it’s a pleasure to attend such events.