Here is part 2 of my music concert adventures!
NH7 Weekender, Buddh International Circuit, Noida, 2012
NH7 Weekender is an annual, multi-city festival music festival in India, started in Pune and now expanded to Noida (near Delhi), Bangalore, Kolkata and Shillong.
Back in 2012 (same year of Download!), I had a lot skepticism over a public event in the National Capital Region of Delhi and more so music concerts, after the Metallica disaster in Gurgaon in 2011. So really, my friends had to convince me a lot to go for this. But, the fact that Megadeth was headlining, totally drew me in (second time Megadeth live!).
I can say I went with limited expectations BUT I came back with discovering new artists and some phenomenal music in the local scene!
The overall experience: The huge ground of the Buddh International Circuit, some 6-7 stages and really varied genres of music across the stages. Must say absolutely brilliant artist curation.
AND. The logistics at least inside were managed very well. Food and drinks were available, it wasn’t insanely crowded and no rowdiness (surprise). As with every show (even at Download in the UK), somehow post show logistics are effed up! Anyway, let me not go there.
The bands and the music: Of course, I loved Megadeth for the second time 😀
But I also surprised myself with new music ~ I heard Shafqat Amanat Ali for the first time – that too live- “Mora Saiyaan” and “Aankhon ke Sagar“. Well, ever since I have been floored. There is some magic in his music and the lyrics are beyond beautiful. He is a Pakistani classical singer who was the lead vocalist of the band Fuzon, and these songs are by Fuzon. He has been a prominent Coke Studio performer and also sung some popular Bollywood songs.
My second find was the Bangalore-based Indian folk/fusion band, Swarathma, whose performance style captured me completely. Their music is a wonderful blend of Indian Folk and Blues Rock. I really like the song “Khul Ja Re“, which has an interesting percussion and uplifting lyrics!
Partner in crime: The best bros ever!! My very own idiots who introduce me to new music and with whom I enjoy my favourite songs ❤
One thing I’ll always remember: That I could discover music live and be enamoured by it. Just reiterates my belief: there is no better way to truly enjoy music – it must be LIVE!
Coldplay, Wembley Stadium, London, 2016:
The overall experience: This is what dreams are made of, I guess.
Coldplay >> London >> Birthday >> Twins’ Birthday >> Epic Planning
Apoorva and I share the same birthday – 18th June. Coldplay was performing on 15th June at Wembley Stadium while we were in London for our MBA program at London Business School. Just like stars align, we were super thrilled and had done a lot of planning to ensure this went smoothly.
This was my first major non-metal concert – the vibes were really different. I always stand in concerts – you know front line, jumping, screaming, being wild. We had booked standing tickets – obviously- but having a stadium full of seated people for a concert was unimaginable for me. People also were far more patient and quiet before the concert started. I’m used to creating quite a noise as soon as one steps into the concert area 😛
But, it was a magical experience – so much enthusiasm and energy by Chris Martin. The stage changes, balloons, streamers, light patches – everything was beautifully orchestrated for a never-to-forget experience.
We met some incredible people in the audience. We sang all the songs with them. It is so mind blowing how music connects people. Call it magic, call it true.
The band and the music: I remember the two songs which I really wanted to hear live: 1. The Scientist: Back in 2003, this was the first Coldplay song I heard on my international hits cassette!
2. Yellow: This song just reminds me of sneaking out of class to listen to my crush play the guitar and sing Yellow in the school assembly 😛 #teenageyears
And yes, the rendition of these songs was a visual treat! What a freaking show. Coldplay is like my memory box – I listen to it for throwback feels.
Apoorva’s favourite is Fix You and she totally lost it when they played that 🙂
Partner in crime: Apoorva! My twinning partner. What are the chances of meeting someone with the same birthday day, month and year & in the same MBA program? Well, our MBA program had two such pairs – so we are pretty cool that way 😀
One thing I’ll always remember: To experience this with Apoorva was perfect ~~ our birthday in London was one of the most anticipated moment we were waiting for (London you are a special city – I celebrated two of my birthdays here!) and Coldplay was just a giant cake with sprinkles on top!