Vh1 Supersonic 2018: Proving festivals are not just for EDM lovers
The tears and screams were hard to miss as Incubus took the stage at Laxmi Lawns in Pune earlier this year. A generation of millenials who grew up with their music had their dream come true as they saw the band live. This year the lineup of Vh1 Supersonic exceeded expectations as they had something for everyone.
The festival has four stages: Sonic Realm, Spectrum, Laboratoire and the Live Arena. As Nikhil Chinapa said before the festival, “I do hope that if you roll into our festival to listen to one genre, you will roll out having accidentally discovered a few others.” And that’s exactly what happened. The live stage is what surprised us the most, and also where we spent the most time. On day one we caught acts such as Parekh & Singh, Your Chin, Donn Bhat and of course the English India rock bad, Alt J. Alt J played the crowd favourites such as Fitzpleasure and Deadcrush.
All that jazz
Day two had even more surprises in store as we saw a lot more blues and jazz than we were expecting at a music festival. It started when we caught the Boombay Djembe Folas who play West African and folk music. Shillong-based Soulmate took the stage next to woo the crowds with their blues and soul vibe.
After that, it was proper brass band feels with acts such as Buttering Trio, The Ska Vengers, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and the Fanculous. Reggae fans got a dose with Bombay Bassment shaking things up.
Day three at the live stage had a distinct rock and metal edge. Australian guitarist Plini took the stage with Serbian composer and guitarist David Maxim Micic and gave a stellar performance. One of our favourites was three-piece rock band from Shillong, Dossers Urge. who played their signature punk and garage rock. But by now the excitement for Incubus was building up, so we took our spots up front. Pentagram was the next act to hit the stage. The recently re-united, band played their favourite songs including the Voice and Drive and the crowd joined in. The next act, The F16’s played some of their songs and warmed us up for what was to come next. But once Incubus took stage, the crowd went nuts. Front man Brandon Boyd dished out tracks after tracks which hit the spot for the crowd. From Anna Molly to Pardon Me, to Wish You Were Here, the performance had it all.
Other headliners included Major Lazer, Marshmello and Sean Paul, (who ended the night with his hit song, Temperature). All this with whimsical stages, a flea market, an expansive food options, bouncy castles, slides and more made as believe that there is still fun left in festivals in India.