It’s that time of the year again when music lovers from across the country will be headed to Shillong to attend the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2018. This is the fourth season for the Meghalaya edition – and is going from strength to strength each year.
In the words of Vijay Nair, CEO of Only Much Louder – the force behind Bacardi NH7 Weekender, “Nh7 Shillong sold more tickets than Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata combined. North East is the biggest untapped market for live entertainment. The Shillong edition is officially the fastest growing edition of Bacardi Nh7 Weekender and we can’t wait to see where it takes us.” (quoted from his interview with businessworld, 2016). Not really a surprise given the fact that music is ingrained in the souls of the local folks of Meghalaya and the neighbouring North Eastern region! So let’s find out what’s in store from this year’s festival.
So without wasting much time, here’s all the deets you need to get to the festival – which starts tomorrow (2-3 Nov 2018). We also have our R&L folks sharing their personal take on what’s the most exciting thing to look out for at this year’s festival.
- When : 2-3 Nov 2018
- Where: Wenfield, The Festive Hills, Thadlaskein, Lad Mukhla, Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya
Supreet Kaur, Festival Director says, “We look forward to coming back to the North East every year and push our boundaries to bring the best possible festival experience here. Our attempt has always been to encourage and support local talent form this region across performances, art installations, food and merchandise. The Meghalaya edition of the festival is truly special to us, and one which we’re especially proud of.”
Here’s What our R&L folks headed to the festival have to say!
Naro and Friends from Kohima, Nagaland
“We drove all the way from Kohima, Nagaland (we just reached Nongpoh), and we are super super excited to watch SWITCHFOOT Live on stage! Really looking forward to enjoying our stay with good food, great music and of course, the beautiful location!”
Barun Bordoloi (@barun_bordoloi), Graphic Artist, Guwahati
“I would love if Poets of the Fall end the festival with “Cradle in Love” and yea extremely excited about Zubeen da’s tribute to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. All in all, I feel the whole lineup is amazing.”
Mang Seng Chowpu (@mang_seng_) 22, Student of Veterinary Science and Animal husbandry
“I am excited to finally watch Switchfoot perform live. I’ve been a fan since childhood so it’s a big deal for me! 😀 Looking forward to some good times with friends – and also excited about camping for the 1st time!”
Zoilien Hrangkhol, 23, Graduate Student
“It’s one of the most vibrant music fest happening out here. Good music, food, booze, colourful people… Fun activities you name it. 😁 Really looking forward to it!”
Pahi Sarmah (@pahisarmah), Artist & Entrepreneur, Guwahati
“I couldn’t go for a single one over the previous years, so I am super excited that I am finally going this year! The artist lineup looks great – and I am especially psyched to watch some of my favorites perform live on stage – like Poets of the Fall, Switchfoot and Shankar Mahadevan.”
To make travel to the venue convenient for fans, the festival is offering shuttle services from Shillong to the venue, and back. Shuttles services will run from SRGT Parking Lot, Shillong to the venue between 12 PM and 2 PM, and from the venue back to the city between 10 PM and 11:30 PM along two routes.
It’s Not Just Music – the venue will host a bustling bazaar with an assortment of food stalls and a variety of different activities filled with a fun zone with games and snacks, and many initiatives, including the Paper Bridge Project, that aims to build libraries in the remotest corners of India, so donate a book for a good cause when you come over to the happiest music festival!
Artist Lineup for Day 1: Friday, 2 November 2018
- Poets of the Fall
- Guthrie Govan
- Tipriti Kharbangar and the Clansmen
- Zubeen Garg’s Tribute to Bhupen Hazarika
- Dualist Inquiry
- Sandunes Live
- Tiny Fingers
- Abhilash Choudhury
- Aditi Ramesh
- adL x k. ly & The Other Soul Collective
- Fiddler’s Green
- Kumail (Live)
- Mahesh Raghunandan
- Shadow and Light
- The Pirates
- The Twin Effect
- The Vinyl Records
Artist Lineup for Day 2: Friday, 3 November 2018
- Shankar Mahadevan: My Country, My Music
- Takar Nabam Trio
- TM Krishna
- Mohini Dey
- Aarifah Rebello
- Ape Echoes
- Dossers Urge
- Komorebi, Mali
- Morning Mourning
- Rain in Sahara
- Sky Level
- The Kush Upadhyay Group
- The Yellow Bucket
- Whale in the Pond
Tickets to the festival can be purchased at Insider and at the box-office on both days of the festival, which will remain open until 6 pm on both days, so fans are urged to buy tickets and redeem their wristbands in time. Festival gates close at 8 pm for entry OR re-entry so fans should get inside the venue before that!
On ground ticket prices are as follows:
- General season ticket- Rs. 3,500
- Under 21 season ticket – Rs. 1,500
- Day 1 ticket (Friday) – Rs. 2,500
- Day 2 ticket (Saturday)- Rs. 2,000
Shuttle tickets can be purchased HERE from INR 600 onwards.
Have fun folks! For those who can’t make it to the festival, some of our team members will share live updates on our Instagram page on both days. So tune in to Roots and Leisure Instagram on Nov 2-3! Here’s a look at NH7 Weekender from the past years.
ABOUT ONLY MUCH LOUDER (OML)
Only Much Louder (OML) is a versatile and wide-ranging media and entertainment firm based in Mumbai which produces and promotes some of India’s biggest entertainment properties, cutting-edge content, and experiences for fans and consumers.
With over a decade’s experience in live events, artist management, digital and television properties, OML has been an integral part of the burgeoning music, comedy and alternative culture scene in the country. OML produces one of the country’s most exciting live music properties – BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender (described by The Guardian as “India’s answer to Glastonbury”), a diverse comedy-centric festival – Stage42, and the flagship creative entrepreneurial gathering – The Coalition. It has promoted and presented tours in India for David Guetta, Enrique Iglesias, Norah Jones, Russell Peters, The Prodigy, Mumford & Sons, Lady Gaga, Eddie Izzard and a number of other artists.