Lots of news today, including World Music Day celebrations in Delhi, a Smash Up! lineup, a three-day festival for charity in Bangalore, and much more.
There’s a lot happening in the world of Indian indie music and culture every day. Here’s our pick of the daily news, served up in one handy spot. This is your Quick Fix.
Moniker, Sandunes to play Germany shows
This summer, Border Movement will host events across Germany, and it’s giving Europe a taste of music from the subcontinent. One of these is the Creativity & Business Convention (C ‘n’ B), which takes place in Cologne on June 20 and 21. Wild City head honcho Moniker is slotted to play sets at opening events of the convention, and will also be speaking at panel discussions on global music blogs at the convention. Following this, he’ll be playing a show at Katerholzig, Berlin alongside Mumbai producer Sandunes and producers from Sri Lanka, Kabul and Germany. They’ll also be playing sets at the Fusion Festival in Mecklenburg, which takes place from June 27 to June 30. Check out a poster for the Katerholzig show below.
Smash Up! lineup announced
Another edition of Smash Up! is scheduled to take place at Mumbai venue SMAAASH this Friday, June 21. Following a glitch-hop dominated gig last month with the likes of Bay Beat Collective, Reji and TripShot Crew, this weekend sees sets by turntablist DJ Uri, who’ll be dropping a bass-heavy set on the night, FUNCinternational, and Johnny B. As always, the entry charge is a sweet deal, Rs 500 for three beers and a snack. The party kicks off at 9.30pm, and you can RSVP here. Need convincing? Check out a video of the previous edition of Smash Up! here, and a poster below.
Fete de la Musique, Hauz Khas Village announced
June 21 is celebrated as Fete de la Musique, or World Music Day. Venues all over the country are getting in on the festivities, with gigs in Kolkata and Mumbai, and a two-day celebration in Chennai. Delhi’s also celebrating this year, with an event at Hauz Khas Village in association with Alliance Francaise de Delhi. The night will see simultaneous gigs and performances by the likes of Delhi duo Adil & Vasundhara, Chennai group The Shakey Rays, The Jazz B’stards and more, staged at venues across Hauz Khas Village, kicking off at 8pm. The event will also see an open band competition organised by Alliance Francaise de Delhi, which takes place at 6pm. You can RSVP and get more details of the competition here, and check out a detailed schedule for Hauz Khaz Village’s Fete de la Musique below.
O Happy Weekend at Opus announced
This weekend, Bangalore venue Opus puts together a three day festival, O Happy Weekend, in aid of Bangalore charitable organisation U&I. The festival, which takes place from June 21 to 23, will see performances by bands and DJs from Mumbai, Bangalore and Goa. Check out a full lineup below.
8:00pm – Opening Acts
9:30pm – Shkabang
10:45pm – DJ Vanshi
5:30pm – DJ Goapu, Souk on the Move
8:30pm – Polly Wants a Cracker
9:30pm – One Nite Stand
1:30pm – Tidal Wave + Souk on the Move
6:30pm – Vachan Chinnappa
8:30pm – Barry
9:30pm – Kroaknight with Carlton
Tickets are priced at Rs 800 for an early bird season ticket, and the entry charge for each day is between Rs 350 and Rs 550. You can find more details about ticket prices and their purchase here.
Alternational June edition announced
Alternational is an event series in Bangalore that seeks to combine alternative music and performance art. Conceptualised by ex-Lounge Piranha man Abhijeet Tambe, the event follows a standard format, beginning with a DJ set by Tambe, followed by a performance. The June edition of the series takes place on June 18 at The BFlat Bar, and features The 78s!, an audiovisual performance by sound artist Robert Millis. The performance is an experiment in using archival material for performance, and will also use music from Millis’ large record collection. The stage performance will also see contributions by Tambe and guitarist Arjun Chandran, along with visual artist Vandana Menon. The entry charge is Rs 200. Check out a poster for the night below.
Divine and Enkore release music video
Mumbai rappers Divine and Enkore have just released a new music video for their collaborative track, ‘Grindin’. The video, shot by Joel D’Souza, shows the artists performing the track on the streets. Enkore recently bagged the award for Best Hip-Hop Artist at the first edition of Radio City’s Freedom Awards (report). Check out the video below.