Playlist: Meet Some Of The Best New Indian Acts Playing Bacardi NH7 Weekender

A big part of The Happiest Music Festival is discovery. Many a favourite were first heard on these stages. Here are some acts from India that fans should keep an eye (and ear!) out for.

KRAKEN: Clowns Aren't Funny After Midnight

The Delhi-based outfit are one of the most exciting talents in the metal space right now. Winners of several prestigious competitions and having toured metal-crazy Eastern Europe, the band released a critically-acclaimed EP, Lush, earlier in 2017. Guitarist Moses Kaul's incessant riffing here is the perfect backdrop for the dual vocal attack.

Catch Kraken At: Bacardi NH7 Weekender Pune

SHORT ROUND: Ex

Jishnu Guha aka Short Round is a promising singer-songwriter who promises an easy-listening set. His 2017 EP, With Friends Like These, features fellow independent musicians like Siddharth Basrur, Saurabh Roy (The Lightyears Explode) and Mali. Click play, close your eyes, imaging lying down on the festiva lawns. Ah.

Catch Short Round At: Bacardi NH7 Weekender Pune

AVORA RECORDS: Sunday

Blending rock, soul, R&B, jazz and pop, the band is a staple across clubs in the North-East, especially their native Aizawl. With a couple of massive competition wins under their belt, they're in fine form! This song is simple, yet effective, with some fantastic singing.

Catch Avora Records At: Bacardi NH7 Weekender Meghalaya

ZOKOVA: And We Burn With It

Fans of progressive rock, listen up! The three-piece instrumental group from Delhi have been causing conversation in the indie music scene over the last few months, and for good reason. This particular track weighs in on the heavier side of post-rock, and is a delight.

Catch Zokova At: Bacardi NH7 Weekender Pune

LATERAL: Crash Right Into

Formed by a brother duo who form part of progressive rock act Lucid Recess (who have played the festival before), Lateral brings a unique guitar-meets-electronic brand of music. This track was made with GoPro footage from their gigs and is extremely atmospheric with all those layers!

Catch Lateral At: Bacardi NH7 Weekender Meghalaya

YESTERDRIVE: Dread

Take a trip back to a more innocent time with this happy track from the Delhi rockers. Bringing polished production to a 70s sound and feel, Yesterdrive combine a quirky video with great musicianship in this song.

Catch Yesterdrive At: Bacardi NH7 Weekender Meghalaya

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