NH7 Weekender

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NH7 Weekender
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Years active2010–Present

NH7 Weekender is an annual, multi-city music festival in India. Conceptualised, produced and organised by Only Much Louder (OML Entertainment), the event is one of the largest music festivals in India, with an annual attendance across the editions of over 100,000. The festival, held between October and December, travels to multiple cities, with the flagship event in Pune. Other cities that have hosted the Weekender include Noida, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Shillong. The festival is noted for its divergent artistic lineup and hosts a large number of established and emerging local artists alongside major international acts.

Notable artists that have performed at the festivals include Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson, Steve Vai, José González, Mark Ronson, Mogwai, FKJ, Nightmares On Wax, Flying Lotus, The Wailers, A. R. Rahman, Vishal Dadlani, Vishal Bhardwaj, Salim-Sulaiman, Imogen Heap, The Vaccines, Megadeth, Rodrigo y Gabriela, SBTRKT, Chase & Status, Bombay Bicycle Club, Asian Dub Foundation, Basement Jaxx, The Magic Numbers, Fear Factory, Seun Kuti, Benga, MUTEMATH, Simian Mobile Disco, Dry the River, Fink, Jon Hopkins, Karnivool, Plini and many others.

The genesis of the festival dates back to 2009, when British music executive Stephen Budd was in Mumbai judging the Indian leg of the British Council’s Young Music Entrepreneur Awards and met Vijay Nair, CEO of Only Much Louder. Nair came to UK the following year and was introduced by Budd to Martin Elbourne, best-known for booking the Glastonbury Festival. The three of them subsequently came together to fund and create the first NH7 Weekender that was held in Pune in December 2010.[1][2][3]

NH7 Weekender 2010[edit]

The Magic Numbers were the headlining act at the first edition of NH7 Weekender

The festival's debut edition was held from December 10–12 at Koregaon Park in Pune. The lineup hosted some of the best Indian acts such as Zero, Swarathma, Pentagram and Blackstratblues along with international acts like Asian Dub Foundation and The Magic Numbers.[4] The festival had four stages[5] and hosted over 35 artists across three days.

List of Acts for 2010[edit]

Airport Infernal Wrath Shaa'ir + Func
Ankur & The Ghalat Family Junkyard Groove Something Relevant
Arjun Vagale (Jalebee Cartel) Khiladi Split
Ashu & The Petri Dish Lounge Piranha Susheela Raman
Asian Dub Foundation Midival Punditz Swarathma
Barefaced Liar Molotov Cocktail The Circus
Bay Beat Collective Noiseware The Magic Numbers
Bhayanak Maut Parikrama The Raghu Dixit Project
Blackstratblues Pentagram Tough On Tobacco
Demonic Resurrection PINKNOISE Undying Inc
DJ Ivan Projekt S Zero
Faridkot Reverend Soundsystem
Indian Ocean Scribe

NH7 Weekender 2011[edit]

Imogen Heap at NH7 Weekender 2011
Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx at NH7 Weekender 2011

The second edition of NH7 Weekender was held between 18–20 November 2011. It took place at the Laxmi Lawns near Magarpatta City in Pune and had progressed to five stages as opposed to the four in the previous year. Over 25,000 people attended the three-day event in Pune, as compared to the 10,000 attendees in the festival's first [6] outing. Grammy winner Imogen Heap and the British electronic music act Basement Jaxx along with BBC DJs Bobby Friction and DJ Nihal were part of the international artists’ lineup. Midival Punditz, The Raghu Dixit Project, Indian Ocean, Swarathma and other notable Indian acts also performed at the festival.[7]

List of Acts for 2011[edit]

Advaita Dualist Inquiry Papon & The East India Company
Alisha Batth Fire Exit Pentagram
Alisha Pais Goddess Gagged Reggae Rajahs
Ankur Tewari & The Ghalat Family Gumnaam Riz MC
Ash Roy (Jalebee Cartel) Hipnotribe Scribe
Ayush Shreshta Humble The Poet Shaa'ir + Func
B.R.E.E.D. Illbilly HiTec + Longfingah Sid Basrur
Basement Jaxx (DJ Set) Imogen Heap Sky Rabbit
BASSFoundation Imphal Talkies Skyharbor
Bay Beat Collective Indian Ocean Soulmate
Bhayanak Maut Jatin Puri Sound Clash
Big Daddy Klein King Creosote Su-Real
Blackstratblues Menwhopause Swarathma
Blakc Microphon3 Taal Inc.
Blessed Love Soundsystem Midival Punditz Tara Priya
Bobby Friction Monkey Sound System The Circus
Demonic Resurrection Motherjane The Pictish Trail
Dhruv Nigel Rajaratnam The Raghu Dixit Project
DJ Jayant Nihal The Ska Vengers
DJ Swaggamuffin NZ Selector Tough On Tobacco
DJ Wild City Ox7gen Zero

NH7 Weekender 2012[edit]

Buraka Som Sistema at NH7 Weekender 2012

In 2012 and in its third year, NH7 Weekender expanded to Delhi and Bangalore. The festival, now comprising close to 200 artists, 60 festival pre-party gigs, and six stages, took place in Delhi, on October 13–14, at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida; in Pune from November 2–4 at Amanora Park Town; and the final leg in Bangalore, at the Embassy International Riding School, on 15–16 December.[8] The biggest international acts included the likes of Karnivool, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Buraka Som Sistema, Megadeth, Bombay Bicycle Club performing a special acoustic set, Anoushka Shankar, Jinja Safari, Big Scary, and Fink among others.

Sean Kuti & Egypt 80 at NH7 Weekender 2012
Manganiyar Seduction at NH7 Weekender 2012
Karnivool at NH7 Weekender 2012
Fink at NH7 Weekender 2012

2012 onward, Sounds Australia, in partnership with OML, brought down The Aussie BBQ to NH7 Weekender. As a result, the 2012 edition saw Australian acts such as indie outfit Big Scary, DJ duo The Aston Shuffle, afro-pop rhythms outfit Jinja Safari and indie pop band Sheppard, and rockers Karnivool as one of the headlining acts.[9]

List of Acts for 2012[edit]

3 Sevens DJ Amul Martina Topley-Bird Solstice Coil
Adam & The Fish Eyed Poets DJ Dale Megadeth Soom T
Adi Suhail Tarun DJ MooSick menwhopause Soulmate
Advaita DJ Nihal Presents Bombay Bronx Michal Menert (Pretty Lights Music) Sound Avtar
Agam DJ Uri + MC Ri$k + SlumGods Dance Crew Midival Punditz (Live) Split
Akala Driving Lolita Million Stylez Spud In The Box
Akhu Dualist Inquiry Mode7 Su-Real
AlgoRhythm Dualist Inquiry and Friends Modern Mafia Susheela Raman
Anish Sood Dub Sharma Moniker (Wild City DJ) Swaggamuffin
Ankur Tewari & The Glalat Family East Stepper Mou Swanand and Shantanu
Anoushka Shankar Eccentric Pendulum Mr. Williamz Swarathma
Arjun Vagale presents Re:Focus EdGeCut Mungos Hi-Fi Swarathma and Friends
Ash Roy Engine Earz Experiment Music Basti Project Symbiz Sound
Ashvin Mani Sharma EZ Riser NH7 :: The Future Talvin Singh
Avi & The Uprising Fink Nigel Rajaratnam Tarqeeb
Bangalore Metal Project Foreign Beggars Nischay Parekh Testament
Barefaced Liar (Acoustic) Galeej Gurus Nucleya The Aston Shuffle
BASSFoundation Roots Gandu Circus NZ Selector The Bicycle Days
Bauchklang Gaurav Jagwani Ox7gen The Circus
Bay Beat Collective (BBC) presents The Mash Up Gaurav Raina presents Grain Pangea The Koniac Net
Bhayanak Maut Goddess Gagged Papon & The East India Company The Lightyears Explode
Big Scary Gowri Paradigm Shift The Manganiyar Seduction by Roysten Abel
Blackstratblues Hari & Sukhmani Parikrama The Raghu Dixit Project
Blackstratblues and Friends Heems (Das Racist) Parvati & Mawkin The Raghu Dixit Project and Friends
BLANK Herbalize-It Pentagram The Shakey Rays
Blek Hexstatic presents Holotronica Pentagram + R.O.T.W. The Staves
BLOT! 3D Idan Raichel Project Periphery The Supersonics
BLOT! Live iLLBiLLY HiTEC ft. Longfingah Peter Cat Recording Co. The Susmit Sen Chronicles
Bobby Friction Soundsystem Imli Imchen Peter Cat Recording Company Them Clones
Bombay Bassment Indian Ocean PINKNOISE and Friends Thermal And A Quarter
Bombay Bicycle Club (Acoustic Set) Indus Creed Prateek Kuhad Tough On Tobacco
Bombay Metal Project Inner Sanctum Reggae Rajahs Trilok Gurtu
BREED Jahcoozi Rob Da Bank TripShot Crew
Buraka Som Sistema Jinja Safari Rudy Roots Under The Influence
Caesars Of The Green Jitter SAGA Undying Inc
Carlton and the Saints Jstar Sandunes Vachan
Cee Kailasa Scribe Vasuda Sharma
Clinton Cerejo Kaiserdisco Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Vedant Bharadwaj
Clown With A Frown Karnivool Shaa'ir + Func Vernon Noronha
Dakta Dub Karsh Kale Collectiv Shafqat Amanat Ali ViceVersa
Delhi Metal Project Kohra Sheppard Vir Das' Alien Chutney
Delhi Sultanate Kryptos Shrilektric Wazulu Da Ill Dravidian
Delhi Sultanate & Begum X Lagori Skrat Your Chin
Demonic Resurrection Low Rhyderz Sky Rabbit Zero
Dhruv Visvanath Madu Slow Down Clown Ziggi Recado

NH7 Weekender 2013[edit]

MUTEMATH at NH7 Weekender 2013
And So I Watch You From Afar at NH7 Weekender 2013
Chase & Status DJ Set at NH7 Weekender 2013

In 2013, the festival travelled to four cities; Kolkata (Dec 14-15) was added to the list, in addition to Pune (Oct 28-29), Bangalore (Nov 23-24) and Delhi NCR (Nov 30-Dec 1).[10] It featured London electronic music act Chase and Status and hosted a range of other international and Indian musicians. Apart from Chase & Status, the stages were also headlined by Dutch metalcore band Textures and British electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco. MUTEMATH, Shankar Tucker, Meshuggah, TesseracT, Skindred, Noisia, Benga, Dry the River and Irish post-rockers And So I Watch You From Afar were some of the other international acts that performed in 2013.

Meshuggah at NH7 Weekender 2013

List of Acts for 2013[edit]

A Mutual Question Dualist Inquiry Band Midival Punditz (Live) Shankar Tucker The Grind
Sagar Dharkar Parthan Nikhil Mhatre Shantanu Pandit The Heatwave
And So I Watch You from Afar EZ Riser Moniker Shiva Soundsystem The Koniac Net
Ankur Tewari Faridkot MoonDogs SICKFLIP The Lightyears Explode
Arjun Vagale presents Re:Focus Frame/Frame Mr. Doss Siddharth Basrur The Maganiyar Seduction by Roysten Abel
Baba Jas Func MUTEMATH Simian Mobile Disco The Mavyns
Big City Harmonics FuzzCulture Nischay Parekh Simple Sample The Monkey In Me
Black Letters Ganesh Talkies Noisia Skindred The Raghu Dixit Project with special guests
Blackstratblues Girish Pradhan Noori Skrat The Ska Vengers
BLOT vs. Kohra Hey Geronimo Nucleya Sky Rabbit The Spindoctor
Bobby Friction Humble The Poet OX7GEN Slow Club The Supersonics
Bolepur Bluez Ifs and Buts Papon and The East India Company Smoke Signal The Vinyl Records
Bombay Bassment Indian Ocean Paralights Soulmate The Wanton Bishops
Bone Broke Inner Sanctum Parikrama Sound Avtar TOT
Carlton & The Saints J.Viewz Party Scribe Sound Clash TripShot Crew
Castles In The Sky Jay Wud Parvaaz Space Behind The Yellow Room Undying Inc
Chase & Status DJ Set Johnny B Pentagram Spoonbill Until We Last
Clown With A Frown Kailasa PINKNOISE Sulk Station Vachan
Dakta Dub Karsh Kale Collective + The NH7 All Stars Pippin Suman Sridhar featuring Jiver Vir Das' Alien Chutney
David Boomah Kate Miller-Heidke Poirier SundogProject We Were Promised Jetpacks
Deadly Hunta Kill Paris Prateek Kuhad Collective Su-Real Winit Tikoo
Delhi Sultanate & Begum X Krunk All-Stars Rajasthan Roots Swaggamuffin Write In Stereo
Demonic Resurrection Loch Lomond Reggae Rajahs Swarathma Y&S
Devoid Low Rhyderz Reji Tajdar Junaid Your Chin
Dhruv Visvanath Lucky Ali Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) Solo DJ Set Tarqeeb YT
Digital Suicide Maati Baani Ruskin TesseracT Zero
DJ Sa Madboy/Mink Sampology Textures Zervas and Pepper
DJ Uri Mekaal Hasan Band Sandunes The Colour Compound Ziggy The Blunt
Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator Meshuggah Scribe The F16s
Dry the River Michal Menert Shaa'ir + Func The Fender Benders

NH7 Weekender 2014[edit]

The Vaccines at NH7 Weekender 2014

For the 2014 edition, the festival travelled to four cities in the span of a month. Starting off with Kolkata (Nov 1-2), the festival moved to Bangalore (Nov 8-9), Pune (Nov 21-23) and finished its journey in Delhi NCR (Nov 29-30). English indie rockers The Vaccines, heavy-metal band Fear Factory, MUTEMATH, Cloud Control, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Motopony, Luke Sital-Singh, As Animals, Mr. Woodnote & Lil Rhys, Amit Trivedi, Fossils, and many more Indian and international artists performed at the festival. Apart from the music, over the years, the festival has also hosted a vibrant flea market, live graffiti setups, an elaborate food court, and several interesting art installations. In the 2014 edition, artist Shilo Shiv Suleman’s Pulse And Bloom installation, which was also part of the Burning Man festival in the same year, was showcased on the festival grounds.[11]

List of Acts for 2014[edit]

A Mutual Question Colossal Figures Jon Hopkins Peking Duk Tetseo Sisters
Adi & Suhail Coshish Kaos Providence The Bartender
AIB Curtain Blue Killwish Reggae Rajahs The Delhi Alternative
AlgoRhythm Dinosaur Pile-Up Klypp RUN! It's the Kid The Down Troddence
Alo Wala DJ Sa vs. DJ Skip Luke Sital-Singh Sachal Jazz Ensemble The Emerald Armada
Amit Trivedi Dualist Inquiry Band Maati Baani Sandunes The F16s
Ankur & The Ghalat Family Duke Nucleya Madboy/Mink Sandunes Ensemble The Ganesh Talkies
Appleonia EZ Riser vs. DJ MoCity Money For Rope Scribe The Inspector Cluzo
As Animals Fear Factory Monica Dogra Sean Roldan The Manganiyar Classroom by Roysten Abel
B.R.E.E.D Foreign Beggars Moniker Selvaganesh The News
Barmer Boys Fossils Motopony Shaa'ir + Func The Raghu Dixit Project featuring Nritarutya
Bhavishyavani Crew Frame/Frame Live Mr. Woodnote & Lil Rhys Sickflip The Ska Vengers
Bhayanak Maut Fuzzy Logic MUTEMATH Skrat The Supersonics
Big City Harmonics Live Gingerfeet Namit Das + Anurag Shanker Sky Rabbit The Vaccines
Blackstratblues Goldspot Nanok Skyharbor The Wooden Shield
Blent Hoirong Neeraj Arya's Kabir Cafe Songhoy Blues Them Clones
Bombay Bassment Houdini Dax Nicholson Soulmate Thermal And A Quarter
Bombay Punk United Iamrisha Nikhil D'Souza Soulspace Live Undying Inc
Calcutta Local Indian Ocean's Tandanu featuring Pt. Vishwamohan Bhat, Kumaresh Rajagopalan Norcotiq Spud In The Box Unohu
Castles In The Sky Indian Ocean's Tandanu featuring Selvaganesh, Kumaresh Rajagopalan, Vishal Dadlani Ox7gen Live Su Real Voctronica
Chad Valley Indian Ocean's Tandanu featuring Shubha Mudgal, Selvaganesh Pangea Superfuzz When Pandas Attack
Cloud Control Indus Creed Peepal Tree Tejas Your Chin

NH7 Weekender 2015[edit]

Mark Ronson at NH7 Weekender 2015
Rodrigo y Gabriela at NH7 Weekender 2015

In 2015, another city, Shillong (Oct 23-24), was added to the NH7 Weekender's venue lineup. After Shillong, the festival travelled to Kolkata from Oct 31-Nov 1, followed by Delhi on Nov 28-29, and in Pune and Bangalore from Dec 4-6. This was the first year when the festival took place in two cities, Pune and Bangalore, on the same dates. Many prolific Indian artists like Niladri Kumar, Baiju Dharmajan, L. Subramaniam, and A. R. Rahman performed at the festival, alongside some of the biggest international acts such as Mogwai, Megadeth, Mark Ronson, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT (DJ Set), The Wailers, and more.

List of Acts for 2015[edit]

A. R. Rahman Dhruv Visvanath Maati Baani Perfect Timing Spud In The Box
Aayushi Karnik Dhruv Voyage Mad Orange Fireworks Peter Cat Recording Co. Street Stories
Acollective Diarchy Madboy/Mink Pierce Brothers Sukanti & Anushree
Advaita Dr. L. Subramaniam Mahesh Raghunandan PINKNOISE Summersalt
Akummika Dualist Inquiry Man Goes Human Prateek Kuhad Swarantar
Alisha Pais Dualist Inquiry Band Mark Ronson Raghav Sachar Swarathma
Anish Sood Duncun Rufus Max Godman Reggae Rajahs Tails On Fire
Ankur & The Ghalat Family Erotic Market Megadeth Rehan Dalal Thaikkudam Bridge
Arka EZ Riser Mogwai Ritviz The 3Stylers
Awkward Bong Faridkot Naezy Rodrigo y Gabriela The Bartender
Baba Sehgal Feyago Nanok Sandunes The Clameens
Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate Flying Lotus Neel and The Lightbulbs Sapta The Colour Compound
Begum Fossils Neeraj Arya's Kabir Cafe SBTRKT (DJ Set) The F16s
Bhayanak Maut Frisky Pints Nicholson Scribe The Ganesh Talkies
Big City Harmonics Fuzzy Logic Nikhil D'Souza Selvaganesh The Map Room
Bipul Chettri Gabriel Daniel Niladri Kumar Shaa'ir + Func The Raghu Dixit Project
Blackstratblues Gully Gang Nischay Parekh Sickflip The Ska Vengers
Blakc Hidden Orchestra Noori Sid Vashi The Tripp
Bombay Bassment Hriday Gattani Nucleya Siddharth De The Urban EarlyMen
Borkung Hrangkhawl Imphal Talkies Oh, Rocket! Skrat The Wailers
Brodha V Indus Creed Pangea Sky Rabbit Thumpers
Cactus Kailasa Papon and The East India Company Skylight Vision Underground Authority
Chayan & Smiti Lagori Parikrama Soul Clap Undying Inc
Clinton Cerejo presents Ananthaal Last Remaining Light Parvaaz Soulmate Until We Last
Crazy Lou Majaw & Friends Peasant's King Sound Avtar Ustad: A Tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan curated and presented by Vishal Dadlani
Curtain Blue Lucid Recess Peepal Tree Space Is All We Have Vir Das' Alien Chutney

NH7 Weekender 2016[edit]

In 2016, Shillong kicked off the Weekender (Oct 21-22) and saw close to 40,000 people over the weekend. The Weekender traveled to a new city, Hyderabad (Nov 5-6) before culminating in a new venue in Pune, Life Republic in Hinjewadi. The three cities saw a cumulative attendance of over 110,000. 2016 saw names such as Steven Wilson, Farhan Akhtar Live, Shankar Mahadevan, José González, Anoushka Shankar, Patrick Watson, The Joy Formidable, Skyharbor, Nucleya, Dualist Inquiry, Thaikkudam Bridge and several others. This year also saw the festival travel to five cities as one-day 'Express' Editions: Kolkata, Puducherry, Mysore, Nagpur and Jaipur.

List of Acts for 2016[edit]

Abish + Kenny Django Django (DJ Set) Karsh Kale Collective Prateek Kuhad The F16s
Aberrant Aewon Wolf Komorebi RAC (DJ Set) The Ganesh Talkies
Alluri Dossers Urge Kumail Rhythm Shaw The Joy Formidable
Alobo Naga & Band Dualist Inquiry Lucid Recess River The Raghu Dixit Project
Anish Sood Eagulls Madboy/Mink Rosie Lowe The Ritornellos
Ankur & The Ghalat Family Easy Wanderlings Mali Sapta The Ska Vengers
Anoushka Shankar Elephant In The Elevator Mosko Sempre Libera The Tapes
Aqua Dominatrix Farhan Live Murthovic Shankar Mahadevan: My Country, My Music Tough on Tobacco
Arjun Vagale Fossils Naezy x Prabh Shri Underground Authority
Arpit Chourey Func NAFS Sickflip Undying Inc
Aswekeepsearching Funk Assassin Nanok Sid Vashi Vertical Horizon
Bhayanak Maut Gigi Lamayne Natty Skrat Vir Das' Alien Chutney
Bipul Chettri Goddess Gagged Nicholson Skyharbor What Escapes Me
Blue Temptation Gordi Nucleya Soulmate: History of the Blues When Chai Met Toast
Borkung Hrangkhawl Gumbal Papon Spud In The Box Wild Palms
Dhruv Visvanath Hriday Gattani Paraphoniks Steven Wilson Zoya
Dhruv Voyage Imphal Talkies Parekh & Singh Su Real Dinosaur Pile-Up
Indian Ocean Parikrama Swarathma Divine (Gully Gang) Jose Gonzalez
Patrick Watson Tejas

NH7 Weekender 2017[edit]

The eighth edition of the festival began with the festival's return to the state of Meghalaya between Oct 27 and 28. The edition saw over 25,000 attendees, before traveling back to its home city, Pune from Dec 8-10, which saw a footfall of 45,000. Both cities saw new venues - Wenfield, The Festive Hills, Meghalaya and Mahalakshmi Lawns, Nagar Road, Pune respectively. 2017 saw several artists across genres, including American guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, Dutch metal band Textures, American metalcore act The Dillinger Escape Plan, American dreampop band CAS, punk legend Marky Ramone, Bollywood composers Ram Sampath and Vishal Bhardwaj, Indian electro-rock icons Pentagram and British rapper Madame Gandhi. The 2017 editions were notable for a number of reasons, including hosting the farewell tours of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Textures, the latter of which played its last ever show at the Pune edition. Steve Vai made his India debut, playing at both editions. Fans of homegrown music had plenty to cheer about - Pentagram made its long-awaited return to stage, as did mathcore band Scribe, fronted by original vocalist and ad-film maker, Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy. Also, for the first time at a major music festival in India, there was a strong element of comedy, with over 20 of the country's top stand-up and sketch comedians performing on stage in Pune - including Biswa Kalyan Rath, Kanan Gill, All India Bakchod members Rohan Joshi, Tanmay Bhat and Ashish Shakya, Kunal Kamra, Azeem Banatwalla and musical-satire trio Aisi Taisi Democracy.

There were also nine one-day 'Express' Editions for the festival, up from the previous season's five editions. The festival traveled to Kolkata, Bangalore, Jaipur, Puducherry, Indore, Kochi, Goa, Hyderabad and Mysore.

List of Music Acts for 2017[edit]

Aarya Divine Madame Gandhi Skrat
Aditi Ramesh DJ MoCity Mahesh Raghunandan Skyharbor
Ali Saffudin Dualist Inquiry Malfnktion Steve Vai
Alluri Easy Wanderlings Mame Khan Textures
Amit Trivedi Faridkot Marky Ramone Thaikuddam Bridge
Andrea Tariang Group Feyago May Island The Dillinger Escape Plan
Ankur & The Ghalat Family Girls Names MojoJojo The Ganesh Talkies
Ape Echoes Goddess Gagged Mosko The Local Train
Aqua Dominatrix Gurbax NH7 Hip-Hop Collective The Magnets
aswekeepsearching Honey Lung Nooran Sisters The Raghu Dixit Project
Avora Records Hriday Gattani Oceantied The Ram Sampath Experience
Bad Pop Indian Ocean Parvaaz The Rudy Wallang Guitar Jamboree
Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate Indigo Children Pentagram The Ska Vengers
Bhayanak Maut Kamakshi Khanna Collective Polar Lights TM Krishna
Bhrigu Sahni Karsh Kale Collective Prabh Deep Vir Das' Alien Chutney
Blackstratblues All Stars Khasi Bloodz Prateek Kuhad Vishal Bhardwaj
Blue Temptation Kraken Rhythm Shaw When Chai Met Toast
Bombay Bassment Kumail Live Ritviz Yesterdrive
CAS Lady Midday Scribe Youngblood
Colt Silvers LANDS Short Round Zokova
Dewdrops Lateral Sid Vashi Zygnema

List of Comedy Acts for 2017[edit]

Aadar Malik Kanan Gill Rahul Subramanian
Aisi Taisi Democracy Kaneez Surka Rohan Joshi
Anirban Dasgupta Kautuk Srivastava Sonali Thakker
Anuvab Pal Kunal Kamra Sumaira Shaikh
Ashish Shakya Kunal Rao Sumukhi Suresh
Atul Khatri Naveen Richard Tanmay Bhat
Azeem Banatwalla Neville Shah Urooj Ashfaq
Biswa Kalyan Rath Nishant Tanwar Vaibhav Sethia
Gaurav Kapoor Sapan Verma

NH7 Weekender 2018[edit]

The ninth edition of the festival began once again in Meghalaya, on November 2-3. It returned to Pune from December 7-9. Both editions took place in the same venues: Wenfield, The Festive Hills, Meghalaya and Mahalakshmi Lawns, Nagar Road, Pune respectively.

Building on previous years, 2018 saw plenty of big names from around the globe perform at the happiest music festival. Guitar virtuoso and G3 founder Joe Satriani took centre stage, along with Irish post-rock band God Is An Astronaut, progressive metal act The Contortionist, and British DJ Nightmares on Wax, all of whom marked their debut in India this year at the festival. French instrumentalist FKJ also returned to India by performing in Pune. In Meghalaya, Switchfoot and Poets of The Fall marked their return to Indian shores, along with English guitarist Guthrie Govan.

The happiest music festival also saw a record number of Indian acts. Shankar Mahadevan, TM Krishna, Scribe and Pentagram performed in Meghalaya along with playback singer and vocalist Zubeen Garg. Festival favourites Zero performed for the very first time in the hills as well. Pune saw Salim-Sulaiman and Shubha Mudgal hit the stage. Ably supported by over 70 other bands from the four corners of the country, 2018 had some of the most diverse genres ever with post-rock, post-metal, indie, jazz, Bollywood music, Hindustani and Carnatic classical acts sharing the stage over both editions.

Comedy came back to Pune as well, with stand-out acts from the hit Amazon Prime series Comicstaan's first season getting to share the stage with other top Indian comedians. Nishant Suri, Prashasti Singh, Aishwarya Mohanraj, Sejal Bhat, Rahul Dua and Saurav Mehta were some of the fresh faces along with Zakir Khan, Rohan Joshi, Kaneez Surka and Ashish Shakya among many others.

In addition to this, there were also 7 one-day 'Express' Editions for the festival. This edition made a return to Kolkata (featuring Poets of the Fall and Switchfoot for the first time), Jaipur, Kochi, Hyderabad and Mysore, apart from making debuts in Lucknow and Chandigarh.

List of music acts in 2018
Joe Satriani God Is An Astronaut The Contortionist Poets Of The Fall
Shubha Mudgal Salim-Sulaiman Live Switchfoot Guthrie Govan
Shankar Mahadevan FKJ Nightmares On Wax Zubeen Garg
The Local Train Bhuvan Bam Dualist Inquiry RITVIZ
Sapta Sandunes Live ROE When Chai Met Toast
Lagori Dewdrops Shadow & Light The Kush Upadhyay Group
Alif Worldservice Project Blushing Satellite IMUR
Kimochi Youkai DOE Aditi Ramesh Cinema of Excess
Jay Abo Ladies Compartment Sanjeeta Bhattacharya Tanya Nambiar
The Twin Effect Fame The Band West Thebarton The LaFontaines
Pineapple Express Carl and the Reda Mafia Louise Burns Ape Echoes
Komorebi Kumail (Live) The Yellow Diary Tarqeeb
Hashback Hashish Live Corridors (Live) DNKLE Gurbax
Lacuna Rafiki Burudu Smokey
Alok Babu aka All.Ok Paper Queen Mahesh Kale DCF_Shapes
Ankur and the Ghalat Family Across Seconds Smalltalk Mohini Dey
aswekeepsearching Parvaaz sleepmakeswaves Benny Dayal & Funktuation
Pentagram Zero Avancer Scribe
Tipriti Kharbangar & the Clansmen TM Krishna Dossers Urge Abhilash Choudhury
Sky Level The Pirates Tiny FIngers Summersalt
Fiddler's Green Aarifah Rebello Mahesh Raghunandan Mali
Morning Mourning Takar Nabam Trio The Yellow Bucket Whale in the Pond
adL x k.ly & The Other Soul Collective Rain in Sahara House of Waters Nothing Anonymous
The Vinyl Records
List of comedy acts in 2018
Zakir Khan Biswa Kalyan Rath Ashish Shakya Kunal Rao
Kaneez Surka Sumaira Shaikh Sumit Anand Kavin Jay
Kumar Varun Navin Noronha Nishant Suri Niveditha Prakasam
Prashasti Singh Aishwarya Mohanraj Punya Arora Radhika Vaz
Rahul Dua Saurav Mehta Urooj Ashfaq Azeem Banatwala


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