The Bangalore edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2013 is almost upon us (limited tickets are still available). The festival hits the Embassy International Riding School this weekend (November 23-24), and we hope you’re preparing yourselves for what should be a memorable weekend. Here, we’ve got an extensive guide with everything you need to know about the festival, along with some handy tips. You can download this guide as a mobile-friendly PDF right here.
While the festival is in its fourth year, it’s only the second time for Bangalore, and if you thought last year was good, wait till you get to the venue this year! While there are only going to be 9,000 ticketholders at the festival this year, we’ve been making sure every single person who’s on the festival grounds has a weekend they won’t forget in a long time. The artist lineup this year is formidable (check out the full lineup here) and you can be sure that everyone’s bringing their A-game to the weekend. What’s more, there may be a few surprises in store around the festival, as the Pune edition saw a few impromptu secret sets break out. Keep your eyes and ears peeled! If this is your first time at the festival, you’re in for a great weekend, just soak it all in. Can’t make it to the festival? Follow all the action on the official festival live blog. Here’s what went down at the Pune edition last month.
Be Just About Well Planned
With so many artists spread out across the festival’s six stages, it’s going to be pretty hard checking out every single act your friends and you want to catch. Scientific studies have found that picking the three to four artists you really want to catch everyday and sticking to a loose schedule that allows you to discover some great new talent is the best way to keep your conscience happy through the weekend. Use the handy festival scheduler at NH7 inTown to help you plan your day.
Happy Feet, Happy Festival
Make sure you’ve got some seriously comfy kicks if you’re one of those hardcore Weekender Warriors who wants to catch over 78% of the acts at the festival (it’s not a mathematical impossibility). Even if you’re not, there’s plenty of strolling the lush festival grounds in the offing, so some shoes you can sink into are a must. High heels… not the best idea this time, ladies.
Charge Up Your Batteries
We know you’ll be using your phones and other mobile devices to Tweet, Instagram, MySpace (oh wait, is that a thing anymore?) all your favourite festival moments. And yes, we’ve got special charging stations for all your devices. Head over to the MTS Discover Lounge and use any of the MTS Charge Up booths to fuel up. While you’re there, show off your shred cred on Guitar Hero! The highest scorer gets to take on a guitarist from one of the headlining acts at the festival (hope all that serious practice shredding pays off) AND win a brand new PlayStation 3!
Real Life Social Media
Sure, you’ve come with a bunch of friends and everyone’s here to enjoy the music, but the secret to an all-round happy festival is having a conversation with a random stranger about how much you like or dislike dubstep. People from around the country make a trip to the festival and it’s a great place to make new friends to share songs with on Facebook months after this weekend.
There’s plenty of music, and buckets, to keep you happy over the next few days. Don’t be that person who does something unsafe or illegal on the festival grounds. Drugs aren’t cool, and we will hand over users to the authorities.
Be A Pioneer
Head to the Levi’s® Pioneer Studio on the festival grounds to understand what makes the pioneers of the indie music movement in the country and around the world tick. Through the day, you’ll be able to meet and hang out with artists performing at the festival right at the Levi’s® Pioneer Studio. Get a signed t-shirt (special limited-edition artist tees will be available at the Studio), tell them how their music changed your life, or just take a cheesy picture… they’re excited to meet you too! The LED information screens around the festival grounds have everything you need to know about when you can meet your favourite acts, including stage times, Weekender moments (if you’re a fashionable festivalgoer, you may find yourself on it too!) and more.
Be A Weekender Warrior
Here are just a few simple dos and don’ts to make sure you have a stress-free festival experience.
>> Do not lose/misplace/break your wristband. You’ll need it to enter the festival grounds on both days. (And yes, it’ll stay on even if you shower!)
>> Alcoholic beverages will only be served to those above legal drinking age, which is 21 in the state of Karnataka. No exceptions, sorry.
>> Swapping wristbands is just not cool. Don’t run the risk of getting caught and having yours revoked.
>> Cameras are allowed in the festival grounds. Don’t forget to take some great shots and share them with us on Facebook and Twitter.
>> Most important rule: Lose yourself. Abandon your friends. Talk to someone new.
>> Download the NH7 inTown app and keep up-to-date on lineups, schedules, other festival news and of course, special surprises.
>> Bags are allowed inside. Just make sure they’re big enough for awesome festival merch. There are no lockers on the festival grounds to keep your bags, so you’ll be responsible for their safety.
>> Please be aware and in charge of your personal belongings. We really won’t be able to help you if your stuff is lost.
>> Be nice to your fellow Weekender Warriors. After all, we’re all here to have fun. If you’re with a group of friends, it’s a good idea to assign a spot (pick one of the crazy installations at the festival, that usually works) to meet up if you lose each other. With thousands of festivalgoers on the festival grounds at the same time, mobile networks are bound to be slow, so picking a meeting spot always helps.
>> We advise you to not stand too close to the speakers as it can permanently damage your hearing. Earplugs are available for children at the box office.
At the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, we believe that all our patrons should get to enjoy the festival in their own right. This is why we are committed to taking the necessary steps to make our festival accessible to the physically-impaired music fans out there. The Bacardi NH7 Weekender will be accessible by wheelchair, so festival attendees with physical disabilities need to keep an eye out for the signs that indicate where wheelchair access is located. Parking spaces have been reserved for the handicapped and these are located quite close to the box office. We are also constructing special areas at the various festival stages which have special wheelchair access. These areas are slightly elevated so that attendees with wheelchairs can enjoy the festival atmosphere and still get an unobstructed view of the stage. So take in the performances and hang out with all your friends because we’ve got the rest covered!
How to Get There
Bangalore to Venue:
Parking is available close to the festival grounds.
A Brief Guide to Grallo and Their Services
Who are these guys with the funny name? They come from the UK, and they help you to get to the Bacardi NH7 Weekender through what they call journey sharing. Basically, the festival starts during your journey, where you meet great people and extend that festival entertainment right until your last drop off.
So what is journey sharing? It’s exactly what it says it is; it allows you to share journeys.This is car sharing, taxi sharing and bus splitting. In our opinion, it’s a great way to get to the festival. It’s green, affordable, et cetera, et cetera – you catch our drift. Check out Grallo’s Bacardi NH7 Weekender services.
Bangalore Shuttle Buses
Grallo’s shuttle buses can take you to the festival venue via five routes, listed below:
>>Fraser Town (Thoms Bakery) and Banaswadi (Fire Station)
>>Gayatri Vihar (Palace Ground) and MS Ramaiah (Coffee Day 80Ft Rd)
>>Koramangala (BDA Complex) and Indiranagar (BDA Complex)
>>Banashankari (BDA Complex) and Vijayanagar (Maruti Mandir)
Day passes for each route are priced between Rs 250 and Rs 350.
The way this works is that Grallo offers a host of the best taxi packages you can get for taxis in Bangalore. Your friends and you can book a cab, and if you have any spare seats, then just hire them out, saving some money for the festival. If you are flying solo, you can book a cab and let others come and break down the price.
Post your ride on the Grallo site, and then wait for your car to fill up. Or if you are stuck, you need a ride, just come on to the site and see who is the best person to car pool with.
Where to Stay
Soundtrot your way to the Bacardi NH7 Weekender:
The Bacardi NH7 Weekender is all about the vibe, the fans, the bands and the music. This year, we’re taking the Bacardi NH7 Weekender happiness beyond the festival grounds. Soundtrot has partnered with Bacardi NH7 Weekender to create a unique experience of ‘Festival Living’. All this to ensure that your festival experience becomes even more awesome.
A peek into Festival Living with Soundtrot:
>>Bunk and travel to the festival with a bunch of like-minded people. Soak in the vibe before and even after the festival.
>>Get started with welcome shots. And yes, you’re entitled to more than just one!
>>Extend the revelry beyond the festival with in-room parties. Maybe even host one!
>>Looking for late night munchies or an after party to go to? With 24/7 concierge services, we have the answer to all your queries.
>>Get through the festival madness with our specially designed Survival kit. (What’s in it? Guess, guess!)
>>Make new friends – network through informal ice-breakers (drinking games/become an in-room stand-up comic/hangover breakfasts, et al)
>>Receive a daily newsletter during the festival, updating you on the day’s lineup, suggested acts to catch, things to do before and after the festival.
>>Experience Festival Living with Soundtrot, at any of these hotels:
|Name of Hotel||All inclusive price (per room night)||What’s in it for me?|
|Hotel Nandhini||Rs 2,200||Clean, comfortable rooms and great food.|
|The Chevron||Rs 3,200||Boutique hotel with very well furnished rooms right in the center of the city.|
|Monarch Luxur||Rs 3,800||Luxury at an affordable price with superbly comfortable rooms and a central location.|
Find Soundtrot online or give them a call at +91 2265255590, +91 9820055590, +91 9819330626. They won’t bite.
Be sure to check out our limited edition festival lineup t-shirts and other cool band and official festival merch at the NH7 Shop. The official lineup t-shirts are priced at Rs. 599. There will also be plenty of cool stalls from where you can purchase all sorts of kitschy festival gear and other endearing oddities. So make sure you’re carrying enough cash with you to the festival.
The shop will also host special signing sessions with some of the artists performing at the festival. So keep a look out for signing times which will be displayed on the screens next to the stages, and at the NH7 Shop as well.
Pro tip: Get in early and pick up some amazing hand-crafted, screen-printed posters before they get sold out!
Food & Beverage
With over 20 stalls serving everything from burgers, biryani, goan food and rolls to cotton candy, cupcakes, popcorn and more; you will find no dearth of variety.
It’s never too early for your first festival. Children below 10 enter free at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender. If you’re worried about sound levels, drop by the box-office and pick up some kid-friendly earplugs.
The box office opens at 12 noon each day. This is your first stop at the festival. Head here with your ticket and a valid photo ID to get your festival wristband. In case you’re planning to buy more tickets at the box office please note that Community tickets will not be available here (though they are still available online). Only the following passes will be available:
Regular – Rs 3,750
Under 21 -Rs 1,500
Single Day – Rs 2,000
Gates open at 3pm. The box office also doubles as an info desk, so if you have any queries about the festival, ask them here. In addition, once you’re inside the festival grounds, find anyone with a ‘Crew’ t-shirt if you need any help!