In the news today, the first track from The Imphal Music Project, a new Reverrse Polarity track, and more.
There’s a lot happening in the world of Indian indie music and culture every day. We thought we’d give you the pick of the daily news, served up right here in one handy spot. This is your Quick Fix.
Partial MAD Festival lineup announced
The second edition of The MAD Festival is scheduled to take place in Ooty from May 10 to 12. The festival is a camp-out affair in the hills, at the Fernhill Palace, Ooty. The organisers are announcing the festival lineup in stages, and so far, the bill includes New York jazz funk act Grand Pianoramax, Mumbai bands Pentagram, Agnee and Blek, Bangalore rockers Thermal And A Quarter; Blues Conscience, Project YUJ and Sean Roldan & Friends from Chennai, and Delhi group Indigo Children, as well Neel and The Lightbulbs. Further additions to the lineup will be announced on the festival’s Facebook page over the coming weeks. Tickets are priced at Rs 2450 for a three day festival pass. If you want to camp out, you can pay Rs 6500 for a backpackers’ pack, or Rs 9999 for a camp package. You can even opt to stay at the Fernhill Palace itself, but that’ll set you back by Rs 75000. Tickets for The MAD Festival can be acquired here. Meanwhile, check out our coverage of the 2012 edition of the festival.
Watch: The Imphal Music Project, episode 1: ‘Nonglei’
A couple of months ago, we spoke to Imphal Talkies frontman Akhu Chingangbam about The Imphal Music Project, a new venture that will see Chingangbam collaborate with various artists from India and abroad to create songs that will reach out to people across geographical and socio-political borders. The first collaboration, titled ‘Nonglei’, features Indian Ocean bassist Rahul Ram and Manipuri musician Guru Rewben Mashangva, as well as Imphal multi-instrumentalist Hem Gurumayum, and guitarist Sunil Loitongbam. ’Nonglei’, meaning “The Storm”, addresses issues around ethnic conflicts and the Loktak lake and also poses questions about losing culture and heritage. The first video from The Imphal Music Project was released last night, and you can watch it below:
Blue Frog announces Women’s Month
Blue Frog in Mumbai and Delhi is celebrating Women’s Month, starting March 7, by giving women free entry to the Frog all month long. Programming at the venues will also feature some more woman-centric acts through the month, including Shaa’ir + Func, French vocalist Imany, Vivienne Pocha, and Sridhar/Thayil. Find out more here.
The Mumbai hardcore act, who are currently in the process of finishing their debut album, just put out a new track on their Soundcloud. The song, titled ‘Jagerbombs’, will feature on their upcoming release, which is scheduled to be out in May 2013.