Bengaluru Beats: A Weekend of Musical Marvels


Bengaluru, also known as the Garden City, is gearing up for a weekend packed with eclectic musical performances. From melodic techno to drum and bass, the city is set to pulsate with the beats of various celebrated artists, offering a cultural feast for music aficionados.

First up, at Magique in Koramangala on March 31 from 8 pm, the electronic music scene brightens up with Hidden Empire. Branko Stojanov and Niklas Schütze are the duo behind this project, known for their unique House and Techno vibration. They started their journey by combining vision and sound tightly intertwined, intending to create immersive soundscapes that deeply resonate with the listeners. Their sonic journey is a genre-blending adventure that goes beyond standard EDM, featuring a perfect amalgam of straight drums and hypnotic melodies. Designed for powerful sound systems and extended club nights, their music promises an atmosphere both euphoric and uplifting. The entry is free, with a cover charge, and those interested can RSVP on Insider.in.

The beat goes on the next day, March 30, at 9 pm, with Richard Spaven taking the stage at Fandom at Gilly’s Redefined in Koramangala. As one of the UK’s drum and bass pioneers, Spaven brings his Spaven D&B Curation to Bengaluru for the first time, accompanied by bassist Fatty Bassman, aka Chris Hargreaves. Meanwhile, Drum ani Bass from Mumbai will ensure the beats keep coming. The event is described as an exploration of the roots of jungle and drum & bass while tipping the hat to sound system culture’s architects. Fans can expect classics, improvisation, and Spaven’s knack for honoring the genre’s origins. Moreover, an interaction with Spaven will also take place, offering insight into his collaborations with artists such as the Mumbai-raised producer Sandunes. Tickets are available at ₹699 via Insider.in, with an additional ₹500 entry fee at the door.

On March 29, starting at 7 pm, Kitty Ko at Lalit Ashok in Seshadripuram invites attendees to witness the sonic brilliance of Avantika Bakshi. Trained in Indian classical music and a rock vocalist, Bakshi seamlessly weaves tribal, Afro, progressive, melodic techno, downtempo, and house music into her performances, defying easy categorization. Her sets thrive with the vibrancy of her Indian ancestry and the plethora of influences from her travels around the world. Having graced festival stages around India and cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, and London, Bakshi has proven her mettle on an international scale. Joining her on the roster for the Redroom gig series are names like Artblot and Ibthisam. Prices for entry vary, with tickets at ₹399 for women, ₹499 for couples, and ₹699 for men, plus extra cover charge, available through Insider.in.

Rounding out the weekend is the One Night Stand gig series on March 31 at 8 pm, curated by Bengaluru/Goa/Mumbai artist Lojal, with origins from Manipur. The series makes a grand return at Indiranagar SOCIAL, where the lineup also introduces unreleased music from rapper Tintin and producer NAOS. Attendees will experience a unique blend of R&B, hip-hop, trap, and electronic music, including collaborative set MarTinTin. Lojal recently hinted on social media about the exclusive event, mentioning acoustic renditions and brand new compositions. The show is particularly noteworthy as it marks the debut performance of MarTinTin, with tickets priced at ₹569 via Lojalty.com.

With such a varied and vibrant offering, Bengaluru’s music scene continues to thrive, indicating a relentless pursuit of artistry and celebration of diversity in sound. As the city sets the stage for an unforgettable weekend, music enthusiasts from around the region and beyond are set to converge and dance to the rhythm of creativity and talent.

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