The F16s are one of the newest acts on the burgeoning Chennai underground music scene. They are a five piece Rock n Roll act with a distinct indie aesthetic and a hint of electronica.
SnowShoe is a studio project led by Sky Rabbit’s lead guitarist, Rahul Nadkarni. Built from scratches put down over the years, their moody, sixty minute set, has moved to the stage with a mash up of samplers, loopers and live instruments. The two-piece live outfit also features fellow Sky Rabbit member, Harsh Karangale on drums.
Nadkarni’s effortless layering and memorable soundscapes explore the depths of this seemingly very personal project that is growing in an emotive direction with a tight and slick live performance to boot. A cerebral adventure that we’d catalogue right next to acts such as Bonobo, Nightmares On Wax and Four Tet. A band that epitomises the exciting contemporary wave of electronica, currently gripping the nation.
Over 3 years of his existence as an engineer and producer in the Indian alternative scene, Ayan De merges emotive grooves with textural grit and glitch – cold and clinical instrumentation shivering with emotional fervour and timbre alike.
Whether you like your beats mild, raw, or loud, chances are there's something for you in the music of Paralights. De has a clear possession and wide-ranging vision to balance minimal and maximal technicality and musicality, as first demonstrated on his debut Scores For Your Background EP. With more recent collaborations with Mumbai based Sandunes, his compositional range and palette for various electronic sensibilities also came out on full display.
It's obvious that Paralights accomplishes this by consistently re-inventing combinations of a relatively scaled-down toolkit.
The Vagina Monologues is a global phenomenon and has become a brand name in India. This powerful play-an unusual blend of outrageous comedy and heart-breaking drama-tells the stories of women like you have never heard before. Ask anyone who has seen either the English or the Hindi version of The Vagina Monologues and they will tell you that this play is a must-see and transformational-a play that is exceptionally relevant in modern India.08:30PM-10:00PM
From the Maharashtrian woman who met a man who "loved to look at her" to a Parsi woman who hasn't been "down there since 1944", this play promises to enlighten and entertain you like no other play out there right now. The piece de resistance of the evening is a medley of the Big "O". It has been truly said of Eve Ensler's masterpiece, that after watching it, no man or woman will ever be the same again!
The Vagina Monologues has been part of a larger movement here called V-Day India. This movement, along with the play, has helped raise awareness and funds to combat and eliminate violence against women and girls. To date, The Vagina Monologues in India has raised upwards of Rs. 80 lakhs to donate to individuals and organizations working towards ending violence against women and girls.
It’s the incessant bass, screaming arpeggios and piercing percussions that truly define Helium Project. His sound is all about paying homage to his first love, “Music”, and particularly about an explosive electronic experience...
Arijit aka Helium Project excels in the genre of Techno and Progressive house. Perhaps just “electronica” could define the resulting product - but then, it isn’t about neat packaging. It’s about pushing the envelope and fusing influences to create a distinctive brand of dance music. And that is exactly what Helium Project does…
With a constant introduction of new styles and techniques in his live mixes along with his killer instinct for picking the best sounds and producers, Arijit never fails to get the dance floor pumping!
Starteq is a techno/deep house project by DJ Starling
Vikram is a Marwari ex-investment Banker from South Bombay. Traumatized by endless excel sheets for mindless analysis for a senseless transaction, he turned to standup comedy for solace.
Aditya is a CA student. He believes that in Comedy, 2 + 2 may not necessarily be 4, it can be 5, 1 or even zero! Incidentally, he also uses the same principle in his CA practice. His humour is generally observational with subjects ranging from political satire, relationships, cricket to being a Maharashtrian in a cosmopolitan Mumbai.
Aakash Mehta is a Composer, Comedian and Resident Sex Bomb of the Mumbai Comedy Circuit (Disputed). He also likes Hippos. Come Step into his mind and buy him a drink. No seriously. Please. Drink. Please. Iced Tea is also okay. Please. Okay? Water? Please? PLEASE? Sex.
Deep is an advertising student who can’t make peace with the fact that he is a Jacky Bhagnani look alike. Studying mass media, a course which doesn’t make any logical sense he took up stand up comedy to add to the irrationality. Has a liking for red velvet cupcakes. He’s a guy.
Abbas Momin is a freelance humour writer which means he has no self respect and lives below the poverty line. He tried his hand at becoming a doctor (which is often believed to be the reason behind the dwindling fortunes of the medical fraternity) but was left with a lot of depression and low self esteem, which made him realize he’s perfect to be a comedian.
The night will feature sets by leading female DJs from around the world and India as well as a special guest set from Lost Stories.10:30PM-01:30AM
By doing tours with acts such as John Digweed, Dubfire, Guy J, Pleasurekraft, Dave Seaman, Henry Saiz, Jody Wisternoff, DJ Anna among many others, sLick! has been pioneering and championing the underground House/Techno scene in India for the past 3 years. sLick! has also programmed Enchanted Valley Carnival which took place last December near Mumbai with acts such as Steve Aoki, ATB, Cosmic Gate, Gabriel & Dresden, UMEK, Chicane, Martin Garixx, Bassjackers among many others.
CINI is an Indian non-government organisation (NGO) regarded as one of the most influential institutions working for children in India.
Over the past four decades, CINI has been partnering with central and state government, national and international donors, non-government organisations and local communities to strengthen the capacity of deprived children and women to improve their health, nutrition, education and protection conditions.
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DJ Rakekta (Belarus)
Stretching languidly over 5 hours, the brunch is nothing short of decadent. With over 50 dishes to choose from you would need many Sundays to sample everything on offer. The open bar includes a whole range of cocktails, champagne cocktails, martinis and fruit juices. 11:30AM-05:30PM
The Sunday brunch at blueFROG is the only brunch in town with live music and dancing. It is the perfect place to spend time with your loved ones, over a variety of board games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Jenga. The blueFROG Sunday brunch - a game the whole family can play!
Touted as, "One of India's top ten comedians", by The Times Of India, Sorabh is one of the country's most traveled comedians with his solo show, "Pant on Fire" having done over 150 shows in 16 cities in two years. He received just three death threats and lost most of his hair, but, it was worth it for the frequent flier miles.
His comedy style veers toward exaggeration, hyperbole and some of the worst accent portrayals in human history. Suspicions of substance abuse upon seeing him on stage are rife but, thus far, unproven. Recently, he has also proved that he can read and write by releasing his debut novel, "The Wednesday Soul"
Siddharth Dudeja is a 21 year old graduate on a sabbatical. As far as comedy is concerned, he is 11th on the list of '10 most unfunny comedians to watch out for'. Siddharth talks about how school and vegetarians ruined his childhood. He also has the urge to kill people with a bad sense of humour but believes that suicide is never an option.
Daniel Fernandes bid adieu to a career in advertising and took to stand up comedy last year. His material is based on his experiences with travel, 69 failed relationships and his favorite Indian community amongst other things. He feels pretty much anything he has to face in life has comic potential so why not just laugh it off and pretend it never happened?
Not related to Vinod Khanna…(Saddest thing he has heard from people…so far) Comedian, Radio Jockey at Radio Mirchi also an artist...(he only does abstract art like palm and leg impressions..on canvas because he is a big fan of M F Hussain..only difference is he earned lakhs and Abhimanyu only manages to get a blank stare from people).
Renato Moreira was born in 1984 in Lisbon, Portugal. Starting his route in the electronic music field in 1998, he began to gain a taste for computerised production.
His initial experience was in genres of electronica like breakbeat, downtempo and house, before he turned to the more dark path of psychedelic trance in his self-titled project LAB, influenced by the upcoming wave of Russian sounds. LAB's music is based on fast paced and groovy full beats, inducing futuristic ambiences and breaks, featuring powerful mental twisting leads!
In the last 6 years, LAB has performed Live Acts and DJ Sets all over the world, at festivals and parties in Portugal, Warsaw and Gdynia, Poland, Stockolm, Sweden, Prague, Czech Republic, Gent and Antwerp, Belgium, Innsbruck, Austria, New York, Austin, Texas, San José, CA, Costa Rica among others.
LAB has worked in many production projects with artists such as Ocelot, Simian, Zik, Orestis, Claw, CPC, Mubali, Gu, Twisted Kala, Kiryiama, Malice in Wonderland, Mania-X and Illow.
Kulu has been DJing at parties around the planet for the past 15 years. He started as a heavy metal producer and then routed out into psychedelic trance and produced sound with Polyphonia under the name Metalaxis.
He is one of the best psychedelic DJs in the world and is known to have the best flow as a DJ and producer, telling people psychedelic stories and taking them to a higher spiritual level where they connect with themselves and realize that we are all one.
Karran has been playing music for over a decade. He is an integral part of the underground trance scene around the country, with the goal of bringing the true psychedelic experience to the masses, enabling them to realise that sound is a vibration that can heal all.
Karran also produces his own sound and is one of the pioneers of the Indian trance scene, producing intelligent psychedelic sound from Goa.
Love, love me do, sang four young boys from Liverpool in 1962 setting off a storm that swept teenagers in every remote corner of the world. In socialistic India too, youngsters put on their dancing shoes to groove to this new sound, so different from anything they had heard till then. Some teenagers were sufficiently inspired to grow their hair, put on their bell-bottoms and pick up their guitars and the Indian pop and rock revolution was born.08:30PM-11:30PM
But it was not just about the music though that was important. As Sidharth Bhatia’s colourful and incisive book tells us, it was an attempt by a new, post-independence generation – midnight’s children – to assert their own voice. Theirs was a voyage of self-discovery, as they set out to seek freedom and liberation from older attitudes and values. At the end of this era, nothing – politics, society and fashion – would ever be the same again.
Jehan has played at festivals, clubs, warehouses, and even churches; in Amsterdam, London, Oslo, NYC, Turkey, Nepal, Thailand, and all over India. His musical journey started from the early parties of Goa, through his school days of clarinet and saxophone, to his New York college days of jazz-percussion and DJing, to the formation of his NYC based DJ collective, 'Sound Species', and a few years later his formidable psytrance avatar, 'Janux'.
Jehan moved onwards to become the Head of Music Programming at the legendary Blue Frog in Bombay when it opened in 2007, where he still books international live and DJ talent from all over the world, and heads their music projects ranging from festival programming to television projects. This is also when he began his exploration of techno and tech-house.
In 2010 he launched Studio Ra (www.studiora.in), a professional music production and recording studio for live and electronic music. He is also the first Indian DJ/Promoter to host an official event at ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event), in 2011. Today, Jehan’s last six years of exploration in the deep/tech-house/techno space, and his life-long bond with music, has given birth to: M.A.N.
Karan Third Eye
Karan is the label owner and founder of Third Eye Records. His musical education and training goes back to when he was a child - growing up in a family of musicians he originally used to play acoustic guitar and was seriously into songwriting.
Today Karan is one of the premier psychedelic morning DJs out of India. He refers to himself as a morning dancefloor blast specialist, who really knows how to get the crowd worked into a total frenzy.
His playing style is a perfect blend of raw power with touches and hints of emotion to keep the feeling balanced. He has honed his skills playing in Goa for the very famous Hill Top New year’s festivals for the past 5 years in a row - always in the prime time of the hot Goa sun and not disappointing a soul on the dancefloor.
One of the pioneer DJs of India who has played all over the planet. Dj Janux: the name comes from 'Janus', a mythical Roman god who has two faces: one dark, one light - one looking into the past, one looking into the future.
A powerful DJ who can read any situation and play the perfect vibe for that space and time. Janux's style ranges from clean dark, to magical twilight, to strong and psychedelic morning sounds. His high energy performances packed full with killer mixing, sorcery, and dance power, transform the party into a powerful spirit.
Such Cute Boys is a show brought to you by the only decent looking comics from Bangalore! Featuring Kenny Sebastian and Kanan Gill (The Polished Bottoms, Sketchy Behaviour), this Stand-Up Comedy show covers subjects from life, work, death, girlfriends, love, non-veg food and more! Guest spots by RAW COMEDY finalists Vamsidhar Bhogaraju and Akshay Shinde!08:30PM-10:30PM
Arjun Vagale is one of India’s most coveted DJs, part of an exclusive new breed of cutting edge producers who are making a massive global impact. As one of the country’s leading electronic music exports, he plays incessantly back home and tours regularly in Europe, the USA and Asia.10:30PM-01:30AM
A man with a true passion for the underground, a sound he relentlessly plays, produces and promotes, it’s no surprise that Arjun has received numerous awards for his DJing and production skills, and currently reigns at the top of the DJ Mag India poll.
Artist Performing: Block a Bus. Stretching languidly over 5 hours, the brunch is nothing short of decadent. With over 50 dishes to choose from you would need many Sundays to sample everything on offer. The open bar includes a whole range of cocktails, champagne cocktails, martinis and fruit juices.11:30AM-05:00PM
Aphid Moon is the solo project of UK Psy-Trance producer Jules Hamer, started in the mid-nineties with early releases coming out on Interstella Records as well as Dream Creation's 'Sound of Freedom' compilation in 1997 and 1998 respectively. He cut his teeth promoting a small psychedelic night during the heady days of the first wave of Psychedelic trance in the UK, DJing and performing live in various London squats, clubs and outdoor parties.10:30PM-01:30AM
Absorbing various Stimuli along the way... In 2001 he had a breakthrough track with 'A lot of Radio' on Flying Rhino Records with things really taking off from that point. Since then he has released on virtually all the major British psy-trance labels (Tip, Twisted, Dragonfly, Alchemy, Atomic and Nano Records) as well as a variety of exotic international labels.
He has released three solo albums and one collaborative album to date: 'High Diver' released on Dragonfly Records in 2003 a deep night time sound, 'Global Culture' in 2005 a more full-on incarnation on Nano Records and as the AMD project 'Big Fish', a collaboration with producer Dick Trevor which became an instant trance classic also on Nano Records.
The latest DJ joining the Shiva Valley label, is also the youngest one of all. Michael was born in Australia but grew up in Goa and in many other places around the world. Since his childhood he has been playing in the wildest parties in India, Italy and Ibiza. His sets are characterized by a pure psychedelic sound. Michael has played in festivals around Europe like Sonica, Black Moon and some more big events around the globe. His highly energetic sets are not to be missed!
Nitin’s journey in music: Playing all around the country at clubs and bars, honing his skills and developing his style of music. It was on his frequent trips to Goa that he first discovered Goa trance and the vibrant scene that psychedelic music has to offer. From then on it has been a long journey learning the music and the subtle nuances of the style.
From House and Hip hop to Psychedelic trance, Nitin has spent the last 9 years of his Career dedicated to the style. He is one of the nation’s foremost trance DJs playing the biggest parties in the country. Headlining some of the biggest events such as SUNBURN, HILLTOP XMAS-NYE-HILLTOP FESTIVAL, UNIVERSAL RELIGION as well as being a feature on most of the electronic festivals in the country.
From the South all the way to the North the name Nitin is known for his excellently crafted sets. Bouncy and up-tempo, extremely intelligent, he knows how to get people on the dance floor moving and grooving. He has played with all top Psy trance acts in the world such as ACE VENTURA, Astrix, SPHONGLE, PROMETHEUS, GMS, NEELIX, TRISTAN and many more.
The blueFROG Bar Night is an evening devoted to the blueFROG community. Regulars as well as newcomers can come over every Tuesday for a night of mingling, bonding and chilling out. Make it your weekly hangout zone where people become familiar, prices are great and the music is always upbeat and recognisable.10:00PM-11:30PM
There are great deals on F&B including quarters all night, beer buckets and cocktail pitchers plus wine at retail prices (i.e. same as wine shop prices) and a special starters menu at great prices.
In music we're going old school and commercial. Popular cover band Jukebox will be performing and will take requests for anything from Bob Dylan to Rihanna! blueFROG's in-house DJ Ruskin will be playing all your favourite tracks post that!
So come on down to the blueFROG Bar Night. Make it YOUR night! Entry is free!
An Indo-Jazz fusion band launched their maiden album titled ‘Cosmic Chant’ at blueFROG Mumbai, in October 2013. After wooing audiences across the country the band is back at the blueFROG, with some old favourites and a bunch of new tunes.10:00PM-11:30PM
The concert brings together some of the very best artists in the independent music scene today and consists of compositions that connect directly to the ear and heart of the listener.￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
Since its launch the album has gone on to hit then #1 spot on the iTunes Jazz charts with 5 of its songs in the top 10. It has been given a 5 star rating by renowned music critic Narendra Kusnur and hailed as the ‘best Indo- fusion album... of the past decade’.
Nh7 have teamed up with Converse to send one Indian band to New York to record at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn!10:00PM-11:30PM
Presenting The Road to Converse Rubber Tracks in India. Followed by Skrat (Chennai_ na d Ankur Tewari.
In towns and cities around the country, a host of newbies and fresh-faced juveniles with similar tastes in music are coming together to form everything from blues-garage trios to post-post-post-prog sextets. And now, one of these acts will have the chance to earn themselves a trip to New York to record at the Converse Rubber Track studios in Brooklyn!
The journey begins with finding some great emerging talent from around the country. Rohit ‘P-Man’ Pereira (you may also know him as the frontman of ViceVersa and the bassist of Shaa’ir + Func, bonus points if you were around for PDV) will be scouring the country for screechy punk rock acts, extra-br00tal metallers, moody indie rockers and more. He’ll be checking out college festivals, jam pads, scene gigs and the like looking for these acts. There will be a camera crew to follow him, and if you’ve seen an episode of P-Man Music Files, you’ll know he doesn’t mince his words.
Aside from being spotted by P-Man, Road to Converse Rubber Tracks in India is open to all bands from around the country, covering all genres and languages. To participate, bands can head to the Converse Facebook page and head to the Registration tab. After you register, you can help your cause by getting your fans to vote for you on the special voting tab that we will open up in the next 48 hours.
Five gigs featuring the best young bands from around the country will be held through this month – one each in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai. Five bands selected by P-Man, the voting process and NH7, will perform at each of these gigs in front of scenesters and a jury. One winner from each city will then travel to Mumbai for the final showdown.
The finale in Mumbai is something that will excite everyone. A pop-up recording studio and a bunch of other cool areas spread across a huge venue in the city will be set up.
Each band will have the chance to record one song at the studio, get a professional photo shoot, design and produce their own merch, attend special workshops on everything from Touring to Band Management and play before a bunch of fresh sounds-starved scenesters. And of course, one band will also get the opportunity to fly to New York and record at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio.
Nigel is originally from the UK, however any of the Goa regulars would recognise him as being one of the constant faces and driving forces behind the Goa scene. He has spent the last 15 years on the beaches of Goa and has been part of the music and culture there for the past decade.
Nigel has single-handedly promoted the free parties down on South Anjuna Beach, and has made Shiva Valley a top musical destination for anyone who visits Goa, where not only do they put on banging parties, but also have the widest selection of top international and local artists playing for free, for the people, just as it should be.
He started producing trance in 1993 after a long trip around Asia, where he was turned on to the psychedelic movement in Goa and Koh Phan Gan. During the next decade he has collaborated with some amazing artists and made some lasting friendships; Manmademan, Process, Hallucinogen, Serge, Dmitri, Dick Trevor, Laughing Buddha, Aphid Moon, GMS, and many many more crazy and wonderful characters. He joined forces with twisted records in 1996 and released his first single with them 'Martian Arts'
Since then he has never looked back, in his mind it is a label that exudes 'quality', and is of the highest quality. He released "Audiodrome" and "Substance", DJed the "Twisted Sessions: Vol 1", and is now nearing completion of his third, and in his opinion best work, in the solo album: "Chemisphere".
It has been a labour of love, taking quite a lot longer than he anticipated but working hard on the production, arrangement, and vibe has been well worthwhile. Cabin fever is setting in so he can't wait for the full summer festival to begin! He needs to do some stomping on the dance floor...
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Artist Performing: Joash Benedict. Stretching languidly over 5 hours, the brunch is nothing short of decadent. With over 50 dishes to choose from you would need many Sundays to sample everything on offer. The open bar includes a whole range of cocktails, champagne cocktails, martinis and fruit juices.11:30AM-05:00PM
We’re delighted to announce the First Ever Angel Xpress Benefit Concert by Swarathma, one of India's leading folk rock acts. The Bangalore-based band is becoming increasingly synonymous with inspiring a rush of kaleidoscopic energy with its live performances and this time, they will be bringing this exuberance to the stage in support of a great cause! Come get your friends and family for an unforgettable evening that is going to make history for Angel Xpress. Proceeds from the gate go to Angel Xpress.09:00PM-10:30PM
Angel Xpress Foundation works to transform the lives of underprivileged children through regular access to educated adults. They provide a platform for adults to fill the education needs of children who can grow up to make responsible choices.
They currently operate out of three centres in parks and promenades across Mumbai city through tutoring sessions in English and Math. Children from the slums and migrant colonies come to their centres to connect with their more educated neighbours who care enough to teach, guide and respect them as individuals.
They also conduct English classes for over 1000 children at select vernacular medium Municipal (BMC) Schools, and promote extra-curricular activities with the help of volunteers, trained teachers, and educationists. They endeavour to inculcate better values through morals, principles and the need to be responsible citizens of India.
They see their work as a step to shape the future of first-gen learners who may otherwise stray in the absence of enough parental guidance.
A revolutionary integrated music project with the country's premier live music performance club, 4 state-of-the-art recording studios, a music production company and more!
blueFROG soundlabs bring together top-of-the-line technology and client comfort in one sweet space. Sip espresso and surf the net while you wait on a take.
Check out our lip smacking menu featuring healthy options, a chef's tasting menu, mezze platters and delectable desserts. Plus world class wines and spirits