Area 79: 12 Hours. 3 Stages. 30 Artists

17 October 2012

Delhi based collective Audio Aashram have been a little quiet recently, but with good reason; Area 79 this weekend is set to be one of the most exciting days in New Delhi's seasonal calendar.

Originally planned to be located within Himalayan forests before moving to the city, it will combine a wide range of music with a variety of activities to satiate every attendees needs. With a whopping 30 artists spread over 12 hours and 3 stages at Delhi's blueFROG, the festival will play host to a multitude of Indian and international acts. (Full line up here)

We've gone and broken down the festival for you, to give you an idea of the scale of what to expect this weekend:

Conceptually, Area 79 offers a music festival-like experience, showcasing selective artists, representing alternative music and culture. A series of events under this trade-name is in the pipeline, promising a regular taste of alternative lifestyle within India. This night in particular will play host to a variety of musical genres alongside abstract performances, workshops and flea markets.

True to its name, the club stage will feature predominantly 'deep forest' trance. Some of the names to be featured here include Arjuna, Dron Bixie, White Wizard, Shiva Central and Vaeya alongside Jalebee Cartel founders Ash Roy and Ashvin Mani Sharma as Crash N Boom.

Away from the club stage, the likes of The Dub Vengers (Ska Vengers instrumental dub set with guest vocalists), Syncopation, Half Step Down and Shkabang will enthrall audiences within the ambience of the blueFROG Courtyard. Showcasing a fusion of jazz, blues, punk, ska, dub, rock 'n' roll and reggae it promises to be the most musically varied stage at the festival.

In addition to the above, the courtyard will also feature a melodic phase of Indian Classical music spearheaded by Sattyananda, Pt Mukesh Sharma (sarod) and Pt Shalender Rawat (flute).

"Relax and unwind into a euphoric journey of psychedelic, ambient and world music" on blueFROG's terrace. Although headlined by Audio Aashram favourite Asura, there'll be a number of domestic artists flying the flag high for New Delhi here. Some of these include Su-Real, Buffapirate and Shantam.

Far away from blaring music, proficient music schools will host audio production workshops whilst the German artist, Ridha, will showcase unique forms of graphic design and digital art. This is all alongside a host of other activities, flea markets, food stalls and an open mic studio.

*For full line up and ticket information on Area 79 as well as other events happening across the country, you can head over to our events page here*


Words: Abhinav Bhatia


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