The hills went buzzing as Meghalaya hosted the fifth edition of BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender on November 1 and 2. The 5th edition of the ‘happiest music festival’ came to a close on November 2 with a packed crowd, surrounded by the majestic Meghalayan hills, with acts from across the world. The second day featured some stellar acts, including legendary thrash guitarist Marty Friedman who was playing in India for the very first time. British progressive metal giants TesseracT, who were playing in Meghalaya for the first time and a special set from local favourite and blues legends Soulmate, with the special act – the North East Blues special, summed up the highlights for the last day of the festival.
“We had a number of bands with extremely diverse sounds from across Northeast India showcase their acts right here at the happiest music festival. With acts like rap group Khasi Bloodz, dub reggae band Small Axe Sound and hip-hop artist Meba Ofilia (from Shillong, Meghalaya), jazz-pop act Avora Records (from Aizawl, Mizoram) and funk-rock band Minute of Decay (from Imphal, Manipur), no genre was left behind this year at BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender,” an official statement said.
To represent the sounds of a truly global festival, artists from different parts of the world played to an adoring crowd. England based Indo-jazz artist Sarathy Korwar, Sri Lankan soul band The Soul and US-based rapper Raja Kumari enthralled the audience, with each of them playing in Meghalaya for the first time.
“2019 marks our 5th year in Meghalaya and year 10 of the festival. We are very attached to the people here, and the enthusiasm and heart that they show towards music and the festival is incredible to experience. The festival sits in the middle of the hills and by far is the most unique festival venue in the country. We can hardly wait to be back again next year and bring back more music and a world-class production to the beautiful people of Meghalaya”, said Supreet Kaur, Festival Director, BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender.
The festival opened its doors to not only music from across the world but cuisines and art too, with bustling flea market offering local favourites as well as a food court featuring top-notch local delicacies.
As the Meghalaya edition came to a close, the Weekender state of mind didn’t stop there. BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender, Pune will come alive on November 29 to December 1. With this being the 10th year since the inception of the happiest music festival, this promises to be a memorable experience, especially with acts like Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker), Opeth, Kodaline and many more.