2013 looks like a great year for gigs all over the country, and for Mumbai it starts with the MTV Bloc Party. Mumbai’s House music enthusiasts were in for a weekend to remember. The MTV Bloc Party, a two-day long party featuring EDM DJs and Indian indie musicians, kicked off on Friday afternoon at the lawns of the Juhu Hotel, Mumbai, a stark contrast to the venue that housed Razzberry Rhinoceros, a regular stop for the rockers back in the day. The hotel was completely decked out with colourful decorations including slinkies hanging from the trees and post-it notes covering the walls, and the shiny disco balls, I mean the shiny disco chameleons, were in a perfect disguise perched over the trees.
Anish Sood : The Goa DJ inaugurated the proceedings, playing his house beats to trickling in audience at the venue.
Nikhil Chinapa : The Bloc Party host played an hour-long set, part of the crowd stayed near the bar, tanking up on their alcohol level, while a handful of them grooved to the music.
Nikhil directed the crowd’s attention to the spectacular sunset behind them, followed by a photo of this sunset was flashed on the LED panel on the stage, with the words “You Missed It” flashing.
Jean Elan and Cosmo Klein : The German duo’s set was the catalyst the crowd needed. Singer-songwriter Klein and Berlin DJ Elan are frequent collaborators, and kicked off their set with ‘All About Us’. Klein apart from performing, also took his time on the stage to shoot the crowd partying to Elan’s beats.
Deniz Koyu : Turkish House DJ Koyu uplifted the groove to the party with his headlining set. The DJ also threw in some of his newer releases, including his recent collaboration with Dirty South.
The Pint Room’s Beer Arena : Day 2 of the Bloc Party began early in the afternoon with performance from Safar, Sky Rabit and Goddess Gagged. The crowd trickled in with each song, as the three indie Bands set up the mood for the evening to follow.
Willy : Mumbai DJ Willy began his set with a sample of ‘Riders On The Storm’, going on to play an hour-long set that eased the audience into the mood for some house and techno beats.
Simon Dunmore & Shovell : Simon Dunmore and percussionist Shovell played a two hour set. Shovell was decked out in his Drum Warrior attire, lending a distinct visual and auditory style to his performance. The percussionist who seemed to be in a trance of his own, kept on continuously playing and adding his beats to Dunmore’s Old
B.R.E.E.D : “This is bass music like you’ve never heard before,” said as Nikhil Chinapa introduced B.R.E.E.D. as the crowd got attacked by the latter’s wobbling bass filled set following the two hours of classic house beat. The crowd didn’t take too long to get used to the groove of his short set and bounce around with renewed energy.
Opiuo : The New Zealand born Melbourne based glitch-hop DJ was up next, with a set full of his trademark music, the crowd couldn’t be happier.
Alesso : Ranked at No. 20 on the Top 100 DJs list by DJ Magazine in 2012 Alesso, was to headline the MTV Bloc Party, and cameras were whipped out in anticipation. As the 21-year-old Swede took over the console, he made sure the energy in the ground didn’t drop for a single second. The lawn was packed, the crowd was in constant motion, his set full of energy. The two-hour-long set radiated of energy that the 1,000-strong crowd at MTV Bloc Party readily absorbed and danced like there was no tomorrow.
First edition of the MTV Bloc party, was a sheer success, hopefully it will be a regular affair!