Days and nights of music

Days and nights of music

The first Bangalore edition of Storm Festival, which recently took place at Stormfields (Sarjapura Hobli), was not only a musical extravaganza but a unique camping experience as well. 

After all, who wouldn’t enjoy a weekend of live music, bonfires and living out of tents?The main stage saw some lively acts spread across the two days with the likes of Shankar Mahadevan collaborating with Shankar Tucker, ‘Anthony Dassan Yen Party’, ‘Papon’ and the ‘East India Company’, Swedish-Indian band ‘Mynta’, Susheela Raman and ‘Lesle Lewis Featuring Gen X’. 

Even more impressive was the singer-songwriter stage, with artistes like Vasuda Sharma, Ankur Tewari, Tetseo Sisters and Aabha Hanjura finding new fan followings as they played out their sets. The extremely loud EDM stage, complete with laser lights and visuals by Kaycee, was swarming with youngsters and saw energetic acts like ‘Filterheadz’, ‘Kid Crème’, Eddie Halliwell, Pearl, Tuhin Mehta and Nikhil Chinapa among others. 

There were also some line-up changes, with Luciano and Danny Rampling unable to attend the festival and replaced by Berlin’s ‘Moog Conspiracy’ and ‘Brega’. Spread across two days and three nights, the festival saw a different response from the previous two editions held in Coorg — with some factors working in its favour while others didn’t. The proximity to Bangalore created accessibility for more number of people and even though the turnout could have definitely been more, it wasn’t overcrowded like other festivals.

Secondly, the venue was quite a catch, if they had only utilised more of it — only three of five stages functioned and activities like laser tag were unavailable to keen takers. People were also heard complaining of the quality of food and the unnecessary three levels of security one had to go through to enter the festival. 

Still, people did make the most of the festival. “It was all right — some of the bands were enjoyable to watch and the impromptu jams in the campsite were fun. But I think it would have been better if they continued doing this in Coorg. There was a stronger appeal about it being a destination campout music festival,” said Shunnal, a camper.

Akshay, who attended with his friends, added, “The organisers have put in a lot of effort but it’s more like a family get-together for a few musicians. It’s quite boring compared to festivals like ‘NH7 Weekender’ and ‘Fireflies’ and while some performers stand out, not everyone wants to hear the same genre repeatedly. The line-up should have been such that it got the crowd pumped up over the course of the two days.”

But there were also those who found it to be a weekend very well spent. “My entire family, especially the little ones, had a lovely time. There was a lovely community spirit and the ambience got a lot better after sunset. Festivals like this are a great way to unwind,” said Rashi, an audience member. 

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