Celebrate Bandra – Our pick of the best gigs on offer

11 Nov

So yes Bandra is that cool to deserve an entire festival dedicated to it! This slightly borders on exaggeration but still. I love Bandra. The quaint neighbourhoods, family owned restaurants and the promenades. There’s a certain laidback vibe to Bandra and it is not yet as commercial as Andheri West (personal opinion). So what is this Celebrate Bandra festival? It was a festival started in 2003 and held every two years bringing the best of music, art, food and sports together to create a fun, vibrant experience. This year the festival will be held from 12-17 November.

I am more concerned with the music part and in this article will be listing the best of the gigs to attend. All the gigs will be held at 7.30 pm at either the Carter Road, Bandstand and Reclamation promenades as well the Bandra Fort amphitheatre. Entry to the gigs is free. So there is no reason for you to not attend.(You need to call 9820233999 or 9820372069 to reserve your free pass only for the performances at the Bandra Fort Amphitheater) This ‘best of the gigs’ list is according to my own musical preference and I want to see the bands mentioned. You are free to make your own list.

1. Alternative Folk – Peter Cat Recording Co. + The Mavyns ( Sunday 13th November at 7.30pm @ Bandstand Promenade)

Peter Cat Recording Co. is a four-piece gypsy jazz/cabaret band formed in 2009, from San Francisco/New Delhi. I admit I haven’t heard much of them, but they have got some rave reviews for their first album ‘Sinema’. We haven’t heard much like this before, so I really want to see them live and see how they perform onstage

The Mavyns are not really a folk band but more of an indie/alternative one with retro sound to their music. I heard their live album at Blue Frog and their simple melodies and sound instantly strike a chord with you

Read what Mumbai Boss had to say about them – http://mumbaiboss.com/2010/04/07/why-the-mavyns-are-mumbais-most-interesting-new-band/


2. Wednesday 16th November:

  • Hindi Rock with Airport at Bandstand Promenade @ 7.30 pm

Airport are a Hindi rock band consisting of Arijit Datta on vocals and guitar, Vinay Lobo on lead guitar, Amit Ahuja on bass, Zohran Miranda on rhythm guitar and Varun Venkat on drums. They have composed the Roadies theme song ‘Yahaan’. One of my friends is a fan of the band and knowing her music taste I am curious as to what the band will churn out.


  • Trip Hop with Sky Rabbit at Reclamation Promenade @ 7.30 pm.

Electr0 Rock act Sky Rabbit formerly known as Medusa are one of the most popular musicians in the music circuit. Now the problem is that both these bands play at the same time at different venues so I have to choose between them

I think I will go for Sky Rabbit as I have only heard fleeting glimpses of their music and won’t get a change to see them at Pune on the 18th either (I go on the 19th and 20th)

Read about the band – http://www.sunday-guardian.com/artbeat/after-honing-sound-medusa-morphs-into-the-sky-rabbit


3. Sunday 20th November at Bandra Fort amphitheater @ 7.30 pm

The Colour Compound + The Mavyns

I won’t be in the city during this time hence will miss out on them. The Colour Compound are an alternative rock band whom I first heard live in Hard Rock. Their onstage energy is good and the music keeps you on your toes. Go for this one if you are in the city.


4. Monday 21st November at Reclamation promenade @ 7.30 pm

The Lightyears Explode

This punk trio literally go mental on stage. Their music is raw, fast paced and punk all the way. You are guaranteed an insane time.


5. Tuesday 22nd November at Bandstand @ 7.30 pm

3 Guys and A Girl

The band consists of ‘3 Guys and A Girl’. It has Shazneen Arethna on vocals, Warren Mendonsa on guitars, Johan Pais on bass and Sidd Coutto on drums. If this is not some sort of a supergroup then I don’t know what is. Shazneen is a powerhouse performer who commands your attention. And Warren is you know – genius. Not to be missed at all.


6. Wednesday  23rd November at Bandra Fort amphitheater @ 7.30 pm


Soulmate is a blues band from Shillong mainly consisting of( Rudy Wallang and Tipriti  ’TIPS’ Kharbangar. Their music is amazing to say the least. Rudy is a master on the guitar and Tipriti has the voice of an angel. One of my favourite bands.


7. Thursday 24th November at Reclamation @ 7.30 pm

Slow Down Clown

Another one of the bands whom I haven’t heard much. I was supposed to see them  in Thane last week but that gig got cancelled. I have heard a couple of their songs like ‘Say Nothing’  and ‘Punch Drunk Love’ and hope they play a more fast paced set that day. ( listen to their album here)

From their bio, “Slow Down Clown is truly a unique group in the Indian Independent music scene. Fronted by Vitek Goyel, the music makes an interesting blend of sounds ranging from folk, to alternative to punk rock.


8. Friday 25th November

  • Sky Rabbit at Bandstand promenade
  • Airport at Carter Road promenade
  • Screening of the documentary ‘Woodstock’ at Reclamation promenade

Sky Rabbit and Airport play at the same time again. So you can pick and choose when to watch them. But personally I will be going for the film screening of ‘Woodstock’ which is a documentary of the Woodstock Music Festival that took place in 1969 in New York. It received the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. It would be a crime to miss it, right?


9. Saturday 26th November at Reclamation @ 7.30 pm

Nikhil D’Souza

Nikhil D’Souza is a singer–songwriter from Mumbai. He’s also part of the Mumbai band K.N.A.P. His music is a blend of pop and alternative. He has sung songs for films like Anjaana Anjaani, Aisha, Break Ke Baad etc.

Read his interview here – http://indianrockmp3.com/2010/06/15/nikhil-dsouza-interview/


So there you have it. My pick of the gigs to attend at the Celebrate Bandra festival. There are lot of other events happening too like the Wine Tasting Festival (which takes place tomorrow), dance performance, plays etc

Here’s the Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/celebratebandra/

The complete event calendar – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArDmImvamE81dEZzUzFCeFJFM0tQWGNXYnJEMnU2Qmc

I will be there for the Weekender Fest on 19th and 20th. So the entire week from there on right upto 26th should be an amazing  7-8 days of music. I hope I can attend most, if not all, the performances and get lots of picture and listen to some original kickass music.


♫ Memories (Cusp)


One Response to “Celebrate Bandra – Our pick of the best gigs on offer”

  1. Swati November 15, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    Such good packages, bundled into one little Bandra! 16th it is then 😀

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