The Happiest Music Festival has just announced its much-awaited artist lineup for this year’s Meghalaya edition. The ninth edition of the festival features some prominent global artists, including Poets of the Fall, Switchfoot, Guthrie Govan and Tiny Fingers. The festival also features some of the best artists from India including Shankar Mahadevan, Pentagram, Zero, TM Krishna, Dualist Inquiry, Scribe, Mohini Dey, Sandunes Live, and LANDS.
This time the festival is also excited to feature a wealth of talent from the Northeast including Tipriti Kharbangar and the Clansmen, Dewdrops, Summersalt, and Zubeen Garg, who will also be playing a tribute to Bhupen Hazarika.
The festival is headed to the hills of Meghalaya – its fourth appearance in the state – on 2-3 November, before it heads to its home city, Pune on 7-9 December. Since its inception, the BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender has featured over 540 artists from India and around the world, across a variety of genres, to over 500,000 fans. The festival has evolved to become one of the country’s most beloved musical weekends as thousands of fans and discerning music lovers converge for an unforgettable experience.
POETS OF THE FALL
Poets of the Fall are a Finnish alt-rock band who have grown to become one of the most popular in the world, with a massive fan following in India. They have 7 successful albums since their formation in 2003. Recipients of several awards along the way, the band has played shows in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, United States, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, UK, Belarus, Netherlands, Italy… And now, return to India. They’re the most highly requested for band by Weekender fans and this November, they can be assured of a thrilled audience in Meghalaya.
This Grammy Award winning alt rock band from California has been around for 2 decades, and has gathered a massive fan following around the world. From having hits featured in Hollywood films to going multi-platinum, they’re continuing to push the boundaries of the music they create with their return to the indie-world with a thematically ambitious, sonically adventurous set after a major label run.
ZUBEEN GARG’S TRIBUTE TO BHUPEN HAZARIKA
Zubeen Garg, the versatile musician from Assam has redefined music in North East India. He’s sung more than 16,000 songs in more than 20 languages including Assamese, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Odisha, Nepali and almost all the North eastern languages. He has won the hearts of millions with his famous Bollywood songs and is a successful film-maker and national award-winning actor. He believes in empowering Regional Cinema and has played a very important role in transforming the Assamese film & music industry. He’s all set to take the stage at Meghalaya, with a unique tribute to Bhupen Hazarika.
TIPRITI KHARBANGAR AND THE CLANSMEN
Tipriti Kharbangar is best known as the frontwoman of one of the country’s most popular blues-rock bands, Soulmate. Considered one of the finest vocalists to emerge from India, she joined Soulmate – which features ace blues guitarist Rudy Wallang – in 2003. The band became the only blues band to represent India in the 23rd International Blues Challenge, in Memphis, Tennessee. With this new project, the band integrated traditional Khasi beats and musical styles with the Blues. Meghalaya can get set for a unique take on a local flavour.
Summersalt fuses blues, rock, jazz and the energy of indigenous music from the lap of the Khasi hills. This Shillong band performs in both Khasi and English, and make music about challenging issues facing society today. They play with a mixture of standard instruments and lesser known tools of Meghalaya’s Khasi community. They’ve collaborated with the biggest names in Bollywood, Javed Akhtar, Usha Uthup, Farhan Akhtar, Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and Ehsaan Noorani, for Rock On! They’re currently working on music direction of another Bollywood film and look forward to playing at their home ground on the big stage.
Dewdrops are an independent Roots Reggae-Ska-Dub-Rocksteady-Dancehall band from Meghalaya. Formed in 2007 by a group of musicians who were all about promoting peace, love, togetherness, self confidence and truth though the medium of Reggae music. This local favourite plays to their home crowd at Meghalaya this November.
T.M. Krishna is a Carnatic music vocalist, teacher and author. His music has always broken free of standard labels and analyses, ever since he began performing at the age of 12. Uncommon, original, and entirely unexpected, every performance is strong and subtle, extremely traditional yet stunningly innovative. After having performed at festivals and venues across the world, he takes the stage at Meghalaya this year.