NH7 Weekender A Celebration For The Music Sweethearts

By Aaditee Kulkarni on Oct 23, 2018
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India’s most darling music festival, NH7 Weekender sees an extraordinary rendezvous of nation’s music fans and some stellar performers from the Indian music scene. Bacardi NH7 Weekender is back again this year and the dates are out! 

After eight successful editions, this year looks quite tantalizing. The year 2018 will see two editions – Meghalaya and Pune.

Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2018, Meghalaya

  • When? November 2 – 3. From 3PM 
  • Where? Wenfield, The Festive Hills
  • Ticket? INR 1,500 - 3,000


Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2018, Pune

  • When? December 7 – 9. From 3PM 
  • Where? Mahalakshmi Lawns, Nagar Road, Pune
  • Ticket? INR 2,250 - 4,000

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Now that we have got the dates and venues sorted, let us look at what to expect from what is called India’s Happiest Music Festival. Right from homegrown artists to music titans, NH7 Weekender brings all the must-see artists and top-notch headliners together. A weekender virgin till a few years back, I have been religiously attending every year for 5 years now!  This deadly combo of an inimitable festival vibe and superlative performances is hard to resist. 

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NH7 Weekender throws in a mix of full-fledged live performances, food, fashion, and lots of alcohol. You will see the entire venue morph into an enormous dance floor with the best of the music blasting through. I've come across quite a few bands that I had no idea previously existed. 

NH7 Weekender Meghalaya edition

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Set amidst the oh-so-Instagramable hills of the North-East India, this year’s NH7 Weekender Meghalaya edition will be its fourth time here! Catch some live performances and on-stage masterful acts by artists from India and around the world. While you are here, you can also head out to the nearby town or the fascinating hills.   

Artists performing at 2018 NH7 Weekender Meghalaya edition – Poets of the Fall, Dualist Inquiry, Abhilash Choudhury, Shadow and Light, The Vinyl Records, Shankar Mahadevan, Dewdrops, Morning Mourning, The Yellow Bucket, Whale in the Pond, Aarifah Rebello, Fiddler's Green, Mahesh Raghunandan, adL x k.ly & The Other Soul Collective.

How to reach – Fly into Shillong and take short shuttle ride from Shillong to the Festive Hills

Touristy places to visit nearby – Nartiang, Nartiang Monoliths, Durga Temple at Nartiang, Khim Moo Sniang, Thadlaskein Lake, Umhang Lake

Looking for places to stay in Shillong? Check it out here 

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Please note that camps at the venue are organised by third party serevice providers and not by the NH7 Weekender organisers. 

NH7 Weekender Pune edition

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Head to Pune for the NH7 Weekender flagship event. The event has grown leaps and bounds since its first ever show that happened in Pune in 2010 and this year it’s set to get bigger, better and louder. 

Music artists performing at 2018 NH7 Weekender Pune edition - Joe Satriani, The Contortionist, The Local Train, Dewdrops, Aqua Dominatrix, Cinema of Excess, Hashback Hashish Live, Blushing Satellite, Smokey, Mahesh Kale, Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, The Kush Upadhyay Group, Hashback Hashish Live, Nightmares On Wax. 

Comic artists performing at 2018 NH7 Weekender Pune edition - Ashish Shakya, Sapan Verma, Niveditha Prakasam, Punya Arora, Radhika Vaz, Zakir Khan.

How to reach – Fly directly to Pune. 

Touristy places to visit nearby – Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace, Lonavala, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar

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NH7 Weekender Basics

  • The wristbands, mugs, and buckets

These highly treasured post-festival souvenirs are worth showing off! The glorious aluminium mug will hold your drink during the festival and memories post it. And the magical wristband? That thing will let you access the festival grounds. 

  • The Bazaar

Head to the bazaar for some food fuel and some merch! Everything from shakes to sandwiches to India basics to local favourites, the Bazaar is where you need to be. Creative products, festival merchandise, and giftables are also showcased here. Want more? They also have a dedicated thrift shop! 

  • Check out the artists

You may like to stick to your favourite genre, but there so much more on this path to musical discovery. Get out there and surprise yourself! 

  • The world of music concerts

Multiple stages, multiple genres and multiple line-ups may leave you all confused. But thanks to the magic of acoustics, the music does not overlap.

Some dos and don’ts of NH7 Weekender

  • Keep your wristbands on for all festival days whether sleeping, showering, sightseeing or something else. A replacement band is not issued.
  • Good footwear, hand sanitizer, cash/card/internet wallet balance, sun protection, hearing protection, battery backup is highly recommended.
  • Consumption and possession of any form of narcotics is strictly prohibited. 
  • Carrying outside food and beverages, alcohol and cigarettes inside the venue is not encouraged
  • A good attitude and an open mind is a complete yes-yes
  • Bad attitude and refusing to follow the rules is a complete no-no

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The grass is green, the buckets keep flowing, music is amazing, and the crowd? that’s the best part! Hope 2018 is a great one for you! 

*Complete NH7 Weekender line-up and tickets available online. 

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