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    Bacardi NH7 Weekender Line-Up 2016

    What makes for an exciting weekender experience? Buckets (lots of them obviously), fun costumes, dance moves invented on-the-spot, running between stages (to catch your favourite artists on stage and not just Pokemon) and of course, a fantastic line-up. Gathering some stellar performers from around the world, Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2016 is turning out to be just our kind of festival, one full of good music and happy vibes.

    Here's the city-wise break-up.

    Steven Wilson, Jose Gonzalez, The Joy Formidable, DJ Premier, Shankar Mahadevan: My Country, My Music, Nucleya, Anoushka Shankar, Papon, Skyharbor, RAC (DJ Set), Vangoffey, Eagulls, Abish + Kenny, Aswekeepsearching, Borkung Hrangkhawl, Divine (Gully Gang), Dossers Urge, Easy Wanderlings, Imphal Talkies, Kanchan Daniel & the Beards, Komorebi, Mali, Mosko, NAFS, Nicholson, Parekh & Singh, Rhythm Shaw, River, Sapta, Sempre Libera, Shri, Sid Vashi, Thaikkudam Bridge, The F16s, The Ganesh Talkies, Underground Authority, When Chai Met Toast

    Steven Wilson

    Why you should go for this set: For those who love prog-rock, Porcupine Tree, music and have had enough of the EDM movement.

    Jose Gonzalez

    Why you should go for this set: Think Damien Rice meets Zero 7, a perfect mix of ambient and acoustic music.

    Anoushka Shankar

    Why you should go for this set: World and fusion music at its best, plus you get to see her sitar chops.

    DJ Premier

    Why you should go for this set: Go for the best hip-hop party of the festival.

    Eagulls

    Why you should go for this set: Perfect for those who miss the 90's. Think Nirvana and The Who.

    Vangoffey

    Why you should go for this set: Expect some essential English rock music.

    RAC(DJ Set)

    Why you should go for this set: This producer is behind some of the best remixes we have heard. The kind that make dancing easier.

    The Joy Formidable

    Why you should go for this set: A Welsh alt-rock band that we can't seem to get enough of. Perfect for all the Paramore and Beach House fans.

    Nucleya

    Why you should go for this set: Who doesn't love some Koocha-flavoured bass music?

    Aswekeepsearching

    Why you should go for this set: A fitting post-rock sundowner. In Hindi.

    Thaikkudam Bridge

    Why you should go for this set: Tapping into their roots for their music, this Kerela band puts up some intense performances.

    Shri

    Why you should go for this set: This guy is a bass god. Be there to see what he can do.

    Easy Wanderlings

    Why you should go for this set: Guitar riffs that will transport you, we love this folky-indie act.

    Shankar Mahadevan: My Country, My Music

    Why you should go for this set: Hear the Bollywood singer and composer pay tribute to Indan music, with some fine musicians.

    Papon

    Why you should go for this set: Because folk music from the hills can never go wrong. Plus, we love his voice.

    Mosko

    Why you should go for this set: Shiny, happy and gripping alt-punk music with an unparalleled stage energy.

    Nicholson

    Why you should go for this set: A treat for all electronic and ambient music lovers.

    Kanchan Daniel & the Beards

    Why you should go for this set: Watch our for Daniel's electric vocals and the band's blues-inspired composisitons.

    NAFS

    Why you should go for this set: Because we have never seen a cappella music done this well.

    Abish + Kenny

    Why you should go for this set: Music + comedy = endless LOL'ing.

    Underground Authority

    Why you should go for this set: Some metal goodness for everyone.

    Komorebi

    Why you should go for this set: Japanese anime-inspired ambient music. Can't get any more chill.

    When Chai Met Toast

    Why you should go for this set: They have the most infectious and cheerful acoustic ballads.

    Dossers Urge

    Why you should go for this set: We love their fuzzy guitar hooks and edgy vocals.

    Sapta

    Why you should go for this set: Marti Bharath knows how to get the crowd going, with his trail-blazing knob tweaking.

    Divine (Gully Gang)

    Why you should go for this set: True stories told through rap, Divine is the new face of Indian hip-hop.

    The F16s

    Why you should go for this set: These guys will be playing songs from their new album. Be the first one to hear it!

    River

    Why you should go for this set: These girls sing in perfect pitch and can pull off some crazy harmonies.

    Mali

    Why you should go for this set: Cute like a sapling, this singer-songwriter's songs are filled with delicate melodies and guitar chords.

    Borkung Hrangkhawl

    Why you should go for this set: Reppin' north-east hip-hop, this rapper has an exciting set planned.

    Rhythm Shaw

    Why you should go for this set: This western classical guitar player can mezmerize you with his skills.

    Parekh & Singh

    Why you should go for this set: Featuring Nischay Parekh's melodies and vocals, and Jivraj Singh's beats.

    The Ganesh Talkies

    Why you should go for this set: They know to sing Bappi Lahri-like tunes, and dance and dress like him.

    Skyharbor

    Why you should go for this set: Because one of the best prog-rock bands from India is back to weekender after two whole years.

    Nucleya, Farhan Live, Indian Ocean, The Raghu Dixit Project, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Parikrama, Arjun Vagale, Dualist Inquiry, Vir Das' Alien Chutney, Alluri, Anish Sood, Ankur & The Ghalat Family, Aswekeepsearching, Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate, Bhayanak Maut, Black Letters, Dhruv Visvanath, Hriday Gattani, Komorebi, Lagori, Madboy/Mink, Murthovic, Nicholson, Parvaaz, Peepal Tree, Prateek Kuhad, Sandunes, Sapta, Skrat, Spud In The Box,, Swarathma, The F16s, The Ganesh Talkies, The Ska Vengers, Until We Last

    Dinosaur Pile-Up

    Why you should go for this set: For their guitar-driven rock music that hits you hard.

    Bhayanak Maut

    Why you should go for this set: Because you can never see them live too many times.

    Farhan Live

    Why you should go for this set: Watch the Rock-On actor sing and perform some of his hit songs.

    The Ska Vengers

    Why you should go for this set: Watch this for some electronic dub mudic, lots of dancing and Begum X's moves.

    Skrat

    Why you should go for this set: Choppy guitar riffs and drums, with songs about their favourite things like samurais.

    Dualist Inquiry

    Why you should go for this set: The kind of electronica music that never gets boring.

    Alluri

    Why you should go for this set: Eerie, haunting and catchy music that will serenade you.

    Swarathma

    Why you should go for this set: Mixing reggae, soul and pop with Indian vocals, these guys are super engaging on stage.

    Indian Ocean

    Why you should go for this set: They've been around for two decades and sure know how to do it right on stage.

    Spud In The Box

    Why you should go for this set: Brilliant pop-rock music guaranteed.

    The Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate

    Why you should go for this set: Watch him blend Carnatic tunes with rock music.

    Dhruv Visvanath

    Why you should go for this set: Watch out for this one-man band, with some surprising percurssive-guitar skills.

    Arjun Vagale

    Why you should go for this set: For all the techno fans out there.

    Ankur & The Ghalat Family

    Why you should go for this set: The sweetest love ballads, with Ankur's spectacular vocals.

    Vir Das's Alien Chutney

    Why you should go for this set: The one comedian who can sing just as well as he tells jokes.

    Black Letters

    Why you should go for this set: Hear some fresh sounds out of the Bangalore rock scene.

    Lagori

    Why you should go for this set: Tight folk performances with a female bassist!

    Until We Last

    Why you should go for this set: Ketan Bahirat has been making some sick tunes with his projects and this one's our favourite.

    Parikrama

    Why you should go for this set: They have been rocking Indian stages for years now. Watch them as they do it again.

    The Raghu Dixit Project

    Why you should go for this set: Stellar performance guaranteed.

    Anish Sood

    Why you should go for this set: This guy knows when to spin the right tunes for the crowd.

    Sandunes

    Why you should go for this set: This synth player from Mumbai makes eclectic electronica music and can do no wrong.

    MADBOY/MINK

    Why you should go for this set: Probably one of the most fun sets of the festival.

    Hriday Gattani

    Why you should go for this set: One of the freshest voices in the scene, this guy performed with A R Rahman last year.

    Peepal Tree

    Why you should go for this set: These guys are super tight on stage. Don't miss them!

    Prateek Kuhad

    Why you should go for this set: Currently, everyone's favourite indie singer-songwriter.

    Parvaaz

    Why you should go for this set: An eclectic Bangalore rock band, playing never-heard-before music.

    Murthovic

    Why you should go for this set: Another house and techno delight, performing in his hometown.

    Steven Wilson, Vertical Horizon, Nucleya, Papon, Farhan Live, Soulmate: History of the Blues, Dualist Inquiry, Mr.Woodnote & Lil Rhys, Fossils, Vir Das's Alien Chutney, Dhruv Voyage, Wild Palms, Natty, Aberrant, Alobo Naga & the Band, Aswekeepsearching, Bipul Chettri, Blue Temptation, Dhruv Visvanath, Dossers Urge, Imphal Talkies, Kumail, Madboy/Mink, Nanok, Prateek Kuhad, Rhythm Shaw, River, Sapta, Sickflip, Su Real, Tejas, The Ritornellos, Undying Inc, When Chai Met Toast

    Wild Palms

    Why you should go for this set: Hear their inventive, imaginative songs, filled with lingering soundscapes.

    Soulmate

    Why you should go for this set: Talking about the History of Blues, this one's a special set by this band.

    Undying Inc

    Why you should go for this set: Shillong loves some metal, and these guys are here to deliver that.

    Fossils

    Why you should go for this set: Bangla rock is exciting and unlike anything else we have heard before.

    Aberrant

    Why you should go for this set: Can't go wrong with some metal music and headbanging.

    Vertical Horizon

    Why you should go for this set: Miss some good alt-rock? Get it here.

    Dhruv Voyage

    Why you should go for this set: A fine mix of folk music within a western arrangement. And it's their first time in Shillong!

    Tejas

    Why you should go for this set: Because his sets are always flawless, and so is his cover of the Powerpuff Girls theme song.

    Mr.Woodnote & Lil Rhys

    Why you should go for this set: These guys can deliver some sick beatboxing, along with improv jams.

    Bipul Chettri

    Why you should go for this set: Never heard Nepalese music? Start here.

    Kumail

    Why you should go for this set: Ethereal electronic music with heavily manipulated live recordings.

    Alobo Naga & the Band

    Why you should go for this set: One of the best acts from the north-east, don't miss this one!

    Imphal Talkies and The Howlers

    Why you should go for this set: Folk-political music, laden with organic vocal lines and arrangements.

    Nanok

    Why you should go for this set: Nanok's sets are always fun and have a great vibe. This one's a no-brainer.

    Natty

    Why you should go for this set: Watch this multi-instrumentalist create magic on stage.

    Sickflip

    Why you should go for this set: Effortlessly combining lush, electronic riffs with heavy bass, this is music you can chill and dance to.

    Blue Temptation

    Why you should go for this set: Enjoy some handcrafted and easy-going funk and blues with these guys.

    Su Real

    Why you should go for this set: Su Real is known for playing a slamming set, high-octane and groove-worthy.

    The Ritornellos

    Why you should go for this set: This Kolkata super group has members from over the city and promises some exciting rock n' roll music.

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