One of the oldest running indie festivals of the country is back with its first leg of 2012 and a compact chilled out line up
While festivals are growing and bustling all across the country, there are still some fests that stay true to their inherent formats. Music In The Hills is for sure one of those festivals – fiercely independent, happy being cosy mid-segment with that trademark casual feel.
That’s one of the first things you hear from the fest directors each time the subject is approached. “We don’t want to be any other way - we don’t want the warmth of our festival to ever go away. Making money is not even a priority, we’re happy even if we break-even,” said Rahul Anand of Happily Unmarried (the guys who organise MiH), a short while before the eighth edition of MiH was announced.
MiH is a festival where one ‘chills’ with music like an old friend, a contrast from the plethora of festivals that are like these big parties where we befriend strangers alongside newer sounds. Small, informal and a lot of fun is their motto. The Festival as always is spread over two days and takes place on April 6th and 7that one of the old MiH haunts at Koti Resorts, Shimla, Himchal Pradesh.
The line up of artistes includes Shillong’s blues wagon Soulmate (yes they’re playing here too), Parikrama’s ex bassist Chintan Kalra’s relatively new act Mob Marley (Roots/Rock/Reggae), Homegrown cowboy from Dehradun Bobby Cash, Hari and Sukhmani (Asian Underground/ Electro Folk) and a jam session by pop-rock guitar man Valentine Shipley (Pop-Rock).
All inclusive packages begin at Rs 9, 500 onwards (per person plus taxes), a festival pass for attendees who aren’t staying at the fest venue are priced at Rs 2,500 inclusive of dinner.
The organisers give preference to the folks to have attended the festival previously or booked early.
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- by Malvika Nanda