On Song With The Weekender: The site of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Shillong on Thursday as it gets ready for the opening of the festival on Friday

The happiest music festival, Bacardi NH7 Weekender, kicks off its 2016 journey from Shillong at theRBDSA Sports Complex, Madan Kurkalang, Bhoirymbong. The country’s most beloved musical weekends, the two-day festival promises an unforgettable experience for music lovers of the region and beyond.

Set amid the backdrop of picturesque Shillong, the festival will feature music by prominent global names like Steven Wilson, Vertical Horizon, Wild Palms and Natty along with Indian artists like Nucleya, Farhan Live, Fossils, Dhruv Voyage, Undying Inc, Prateek Kuhad, Aswekeepsearching with local favourites Papon, Soulmate, Dossers Urge, Lucid Recess, Alobo Naga & The Band, Aberrant, Imphal Talkies and Blue Temptation to name a few.

The Shillong leg of the festival will host five stages – Bacardi Arena, The Dewarists, The Breezer Vivid Village, Bacardi House Party and Insider.in Other Stage.

Speaking about the second edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Shillong, COO at Only Much Louder Vijay Nair said, “Following the overwhelming response we got last year, we decided to start the festival from Shillong again this year. It was one of the best Bacardi NH7 Weekender editions we have ever had. The support we received during the weekend from everyone – the local and state authorities, our fantastic local production and security crews, our brand partners, and most importantly, the fans – was amazing. So here we come again.”

Bacardí NH7 Weekender offers fans a true festival experience complete with imaginative stage designs, exquisite and vivid art installations, eclectic and indigenous food options and a specially curated bazaar for artists, craftspeople, DIYers and hobbyist entrepreneurs to showcase their creative products.

What artists are saying:

Continuing his association with Bacardi NH7 Weekender again, singing sensation Angaraag ‘Papon’ Mahanta terms the Shillong leg of the festival as one of the best musical extravaganza unfolding in the Northeast. “I am super excited about playing at Shillong. Me being from the region and add to it the beautiful setting – surrounded by hills that no city location can beat  – makes the Shillong edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender provide for a great exposure along with quality music and fun. The Shillong edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender is definitely one of the best festivals I have played at, in terms of the vibe.”

Papon and Arjun Rampal performing at Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2015, Shillong on 23rd Oct'15
Papon and Arjun Rampal performing at Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2015, Shillong on 23rd Oct’15

Papon added that the region deserved such an initiative and the team behind OML has been instrumental in giving the region one of its biggest musical extravaganza. “The people of the Northeast deserved something like this, something of this magnitude. It’s a remote region, so hats off to OML for taking the music to Shillong. It’s great exposure for the region, and for the young people who are so talented… with such great music traditions.”

Excited about his debut at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Shillong, noted singer Alobo Naga said, “We are happy and excited to be a part of the festival this year. Such music festivals are not only a treat for music lovers in the region as they get chance to hear popular national and international bands and performers but also open doors for people from other parts of the county to travel and explore the region… a win-win situation.”

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