What started off six years ago, as a humble EDM festival in the beaches of Goa, to now becoming one of India’s biggest music festivals, the Budweiser Vh1 Supersonic had all the reasons you wouldn’t want to miss. Hosted by MC Stretch and Rohit Barker this year’s festival saw performances by:
Marshmello, world-famous electronic dance music artist known for his huge white head gear started his act by dedicating two minutes of silence in memory of the slain soldiers in Pulwama Attack. Later, we had a surprise guest appearance by Bollywood actor, Kartik Aaryan on stage who danced on his upcoming movie ‘Luka Chuppi’s hit number ‘Coca Cola’ to spice up the evening.
Bonobo, another artist that combines amazing trip-hop and experimental electronic music influences to create an energy with influences from jazz, and still is perfect for dancing. He was the closing act on the live stage on Day 1.
One more first-timer in India is Jaden Smith, the artist, rapper & singer-songwriter, who performed his debut album, Syre and delivered an electric performance, with his runaway hit, Icon Living, generating the loudest cheer from the audience. The best part was when he disappeared for a few minutes & came back with the Indian Flag on the stage, and the crowd couldn’t help but go crazy.
TroyBoi started performing some versatile musical tracks against the perfect background of a sundowner, and especially “Afterhours” got everyone dancing “amongst the stars”.
While the Awakenings stage was definitely our favorite as this was the first time Budweiser hosted their own techno-focused stage at Supersonic in collaboration with Dutch techno powerhouse, Awakenings. with Bart Skills, Reinier Zonneveld, Paul Ritch, Gaiser, Reinier Zonneveld as well as modular analog wizard Colin Benders among many others who played some kick-ass techno.
With Cubicolor, Polyphia – the three-member instrumental rock band from Texas, Rudy Roots & Peter Cat Recording Company among many others artists were the supporting acts, the festival had quite an enthralling lineup for their 6th edition.
The other notable performers over the two days were, Irish indie rock band, Two Door Cinema Club who was performing for the first time in India, London-based musicians Rudimental DJ – UK’s biggest Drum & Bass band and Tropkillaz. Apart from these, there were homegrown acts like Arjun Vagale, Ash Roy, BLOT, Lost Stories, Prateek Kuhad, Tuhin Mehta, Zaeden and singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad.
Known to be a multi-genre music festival, Vh1 Supersonic 2019 saw the 10,000 Lions Soundsystem a dedicated Reggae stage which was a fun little stop centrally located in the venue where any festival goers simply couldn’t ignore.
But apart from music, there were many things to look forward to this year, like the super flea, with a lot of fancy art stalls selling merchandise from various brands to a lot of food options! There options of doing glitter, face art & hair braiding to simply getting quirky artsy home decor.
But when we found out that the “Hydration booths” were giving free water to everyone, and were located at every corner, this just showed how much the festival organizers simply care for everyone. There was also a women’s only Glow bar which ensured that if at point if ladies felt unsure, here’s where they’d head.
They even tried to inculcate the fun adult play ground concept with something for everyone! But for those who came early, we were able to catch hold of the happy hours between 3pm-6pm at Swig’s counter.
If you couldn’t make it for Vh1 Supersonic 2019, be sure you keep yourself free for the next edition of the music festival in 2020! If it is anything like the 2019 edition, we promise you will have an awesome weekend.