The happiest music festival in India returns and like the sixth edition last year, the Rock Capital Shillong will be the host to the kick-off leg this year. The Bacardi NH7 Weekender, in its seventh edition this year, will begin from Shillong on October 21-22, before moving on to Hyderabad on November 5-6 and Pune on December 2-4.

Last year, the event in Shillong saw a record 25,000 music lovers turning up, with famous Assamese singer Angaraag ‘Papon’ Mahanta terming the festival an instant hit. “We have never had anything like this in this region before – multiple stages, different genres, various artists, produced with a truly international vibe. It was very well organized… Northeast needed Bacardi NH7 Weekender, they deserved it,” said Papon, in an interview with The Sentinel after the completion of the Shillong leg last year. This year too, Papon is among the host of artists lined up for the Shillong leg.

The seventh edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender will present some of the most prominent global names including Steven Wilson, DJ Premier, Jose Gonzalez, Vertical Horizon, RAC (DJ Set) and Anoushka Shankar. Amongst the Indian contingent, Shankar Mahadevan presents ‘My Country, My Music’, Papon, Indian Ocean, Shri, Skyharbor, Farhan Live, Prateek Kuhad and Nucleya lead the way.

Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2015, Shillong (Photo by: Himanshu Rohilla)
Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2015, Shillong (Photo by: Himanshu Rohilla)

Talking about the 2016 edition of the festival, Vijay Nair, CEO of Only Much Louder, says, “Keeping the lineup of the festival fresh every year is one of the most interesting challenges we have while putting together the Bacardi NH7 Weekender. The lineup is curated individually for every place the festival visits, and this year, we’re bringing fans some of our strongest lineups yet. We know that music fans aren’t defined by their love for just one genre, which is why we design our lineups with the hope that not only will you find something you love already, you’ll also discover your new favourites for the next few years.”

Bacardi NH7 Weekender recently revealed its new plans to take the festival experience to more cities than ever before through day-long Bacardi NH7 Weekender Express editions, exciting pre-festival gigs titled Bacardi Club Nights and into the living rooms of fans around the country with Bacardi House Parties.

With fans creating a beeline for early-bird tickets, which were released on July 20, pre-sale tickets to Shillong, Pune and Hyderabad have already been sold out. A limited number of Phase 1 tickets – Season and Under 21 – for all cities are now on sale on

Here’s the artist line-up for the Shillong leg:

Bacardi NH7 Weekender line up for Shillong
Bacardi NH7 Weekender line up for Shillong

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