The highly anticipated live music experience, BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender came to a close on Sunday, with the third day of its annual edition in Pune, the city where the festival started.
BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender’s journey began in the city in 2010 and it has since then grown to become one of the most anticipated and loved events. This weekend was the festival’s ninth edition in Pune, and one that was held at the same venue as the previous year – Mahalakshmi Lawns, Nagar Road.
Highlights Of The Pune 2018 Edition
Joe Satriani played a highly-anticipated set in Pune after having made a virtual cameo
during Steve Vai’s set last year, his first performance in India in 13 years. The American
guitar virtuoso’s set showcased his technical wizardry on the guitar. Post-rock acts – the
Irish God is an Astronaut and the Australian ‘Sleep makes waves’, had fans at the festival
swaying along to all of their tracks.
The festival also saw stunning performances by the progressive metal band The Contortionist, multi-instrumentalist FKJ (who did a special song just for Pune), and electronic act Nightmares on Wax. The legendary Hindustani classical singer Shubha Mudgal took to stage with a troupe of dhol players and singing her hit Ab Ke Sawan twice for a delighted audience. Other performances included composer duo Salim-Sulaiman, bass phenomenon Mohini Dey and Benny Dayal & Funktuation.
Electronic acts Dualist Inquiry, Sandunes and Komorebi and Hindustani dance music producer Ritviz played to massive crowds dancing to each of their songs. The festival also had a notable performance by Urdu rock band Parvaaz, and many other popular artists including Hindi pop band Ankur Tewari & The Ghalat Family, alternative rock act as we keep searching and Hindi rock band The Local Train.
The international roster was completed with ROE, British punk-jazz group Worldservice Project, House of Waters(who performed with Karsh Kale), The LaFontaines and West The Barton. BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender Pune also added an exciting new element to the festival with performances by India’s top comedians including Zakir Khan, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Ashish Shakya, Kunal Rao, Kaneez Surka, Sapan Verma, Sonali Thakker, Sumaira Shaikh, Sumit Anand, Kavin Jay, Kumar Varun, Navin Noronha, Nishant Suri, Niveditha Prakasam, Prashasti Singh, Aishwarya Mohanraj, Punya Arora, Radhika Vaz, Rahul Dua, Saurav Mehta and Urooj Ashfaq who had the audience in splits, and then met them for meet and greets at the official merch stall.
Text: Ankita Malekar For Pune365 with inputs from official inputs.
Images Courtesy– Fleck Media with Photographers- Sonal Manohare, Shivam Bapat, Mitsun Soni and Sanket Kamble.