While the ShiRock Festival 2018 of Manipur kicks off on April 24th, auditions for the rock band competition have started on April 9th and 10th in Imphal and between April 12th and 13th in Guwahati respectively. The festival which shall end on 28th of April has auditioned a number of bands from across Northeast for their rock music competition today in Guwahati. 16 rock bands from different states participated in the audition judged by famous musicians from Manipur. Guru Ruben Mashavanga, Momo Laishram and Paokham Lung Golmei auditioned the 16 bands along with the well-known musician from Guwahati, Amitabh Baruah.
Aprilia, Paperboat, Psybarite, Ambush, Anano K were the participating bands from Assam. Also, Emperical Tribe, Notes of Arongga, Rich Rocker, Titans, Fame The Band and Thrive Voyage were the six bands from the rock capital of India who participated. A band from Darjeeling, Head Motif also came for audition. Apart from that, Yellow Beacon from Nagaland, Avora Records from Mizoram and Secret Agent from Tripura also took to the stage to perform heavy metal. The bands from Manipur were auditioned in Imphal itself as informed by the organizers.
All the bands performed two of their original compositions in the time frame given. The band members were all very enthusiastic to see the three time Grammy Nominated metal band Queensryche which shall debut in India in the Shirock music fest of Manipur on 28 of April. Also, Steelheart, American top metal band shall perform in the rock music festival on 24th of April.
A local district-level Shirui Lily Week in 2012 went on to become the Shirui Lily Festival in 2016, with hosting ShiRock Music Fest for the first time in Manipur last year. And, added to it, is the band competition held exclusively for North East groups, with a winning prize of a whopping amount of 10 lakh rupees.