Okay so for those of you that attended the NH7 Weekender Music Festival, you’re probably tutting at the screen going “well this post is pretty late”, which I admit it is since NH7 was about a week or two ago, but better late than never right?
For those of you who aren’t sure what I’m going on about here, the NH7 Weekender is 2-3 day music festival sponsored by Bacardi, that happens in India, specifically a few cities in India, like Pune, Delhi etc etc you get the gist. Anyway, it was a pretty big experience for me, number one because I’d never attended a concert before EVER (which sucked) and number two because THE VACCINES were coming. Yes, thats right, the Vaccines. (I’ve ranted about them on the blog before). Apparently this was their first time playing in India, and they ended up playing some never before tracks, so yay lucky me!
Being able to attend the Pune NH7 was quite amazing too, I mean lets face it, they had the best line up of bands. The awesome thing was that there were many different stages, where different performances occurred. So one stage was just for indie bands(where I was most of the time), another was for folk/other smaller artists, and then there were the metal, rock, and EDM stages.
While the Vaccines were the main attraction (yes, of course they were, I mean..okay we’ll get to that in a bit) there were some other bands that caught my eye:
MONOPONY (the lead singer attempted to crowd surf,actually did for about 5 seconds, fell, but was fine. MOST.EPIC.THING.EVER.)
GOLDSPOT (they’ve got the funkiest, most charmingly quaint brand of indie-pop ever! And the lead singer is this super cool indian dude, so yeah, they’re great. Also got a pic with them that I most definitely will include here)
me and a friend with the 3 members, minus the lead singer, of goldspot. I’m in the keep calm t shirt, and I dont even know why I’ve got such a serious expression
SCA VENGERS (Oh god so good. They add a tasteful spin to Ska music, and they’re just absolutely brilliant to watch live, theres so much energy)
PROVIDENCE and DOWN TRODDENS (Metaaaalllllllll helll yeaaaah. Indian metal band, didn’t know the metal scene was that great but guess I was really really wrong)
DINOSAUR PILE UP (An English alternative rock band, who really really deserved to be better known. They were quite original, and managed to get the crowd all riled up! Plus the giant inflatable dinosaurs being thrown around the crowd were pretty fun too)
And finally we get to…
Oh god. So brilliant. So amazing. *Running out of adjectives*
I honestly can’t believe I got to see them live. There I was, right at the front, holding onto the barricades, squished between screaming people, under pulsating lights, feeling the heat of bodies, the moving of the mass of people, but most of all, just being so close to a band that I loved so much, I can’t seem to find words to describe that.
Being able to see Jay Jay Pistolet LIVE! I mean man, this was the guy I’d gone crazy over for years! And seeing Arni Arnason (who I’ve had the biggest crush on for ages), whos hair managed to stay perfect throughout, ufgh Icelandic men are just too perfect. Those easy grins of his, plus the fact that he’s killer at the bass is a pretty unbeatable combo And Pete Robertson, giving it his all on those drums! That guy is so chill. Can’t forget Freddie Cowan of course, who was strutting around, propping his leg up on the amplifiers and giving us a close up of his exemplary guitar playing skills.
( bad quality pics of the vaccines. Im blaming my phone camera)
Jay Jay with that white guitar when he plays those ballads! And Arni there, look, to the right!
Freddie Cowan in strut mode
Ah more Jay Jay.Can’t blame me.And Arni, again. Man that guy is so great (yes I totally ❤ arni)
There I was. In the crowd, just gazing at these people that create some of the best indie music I’d ever heard. I couldn’t help but feel the happiest I’ve felt in a long time, because just being a part of this, it meant so much. This was an experience for me, as I belted out the song along with Jay Jay (who I felt totally made eye contact with me..was probably my imagination though) talked to random strangers I was standing next to, it was unimaginably brilliant. Almost like a dream, so surreal. Because its not everyday you get to see such perfection.
The craziness of it all, the sheer utter craziness. It sure seemed unreal to me. And I was honestly sad when the performance ended;it just meant it was all over, this thing that I’d looked forward to weeks, this splendour of colour and sound.
Oh well, till next time!