Get, Set, Go Gaga!! – The new Indian Express
Express press service
KOCHI: The last two years marked by the pandemic have been disappointing for both music lovers and musicians. But this weekend, Kochi will renew his passion for indie music at one of the biggest shows ever in the state – the second IndieGaga festival – at the Bolgatty Palace and Island Resorts.
“We were expecting this. We tried to run the second edition in 2020, but had to abandon the plan due to the pandemic. In September 2021, we tried to put the show back together, but without success. Looks like 2022 is the year,” says Sumesh Lal, CEO and Director of Wonderwall Media, which is leading the event.
The first edition of the IndieGaga festival in 2019 saw the participation of music groups as well as artists. “We want the IndieGaga festival to be an annual event that provides a platform for musicians and visual artists. Unless we create places for local artists, they won’t have the opportunity to grow. I think people buying tickets to see these artists perform is the greatest encouragement we can give them,” says Sumesh. Indeed, the show selling tickets three days in advance is a testament to Kochi’s love of indie music and local artists.
Sumesh says the idea is to include an international artist each year. “This year, however, that will not be possible due to the pandemic. Thus, the 2022 festival will be a tribute to indie Malayalam music,” he adds. The festival, which takes place on two stages, will see popular indie bands like Avial, Thaikkudam Bridge, The Downtroddence, Agam, Job Kurian and Sithara Krishnakumar’s Malabaricus Project on Stage 1. Stage 2 will feature hip-hop artists. hop like Street Academics, Fejo, Thirumali, Marthyan and MC Couper.
The site will also include food and drink stalls, exhibitors and fashion markets. “We have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of spectators. We have limited entry to 70% of the venue’s capacity to avoid crowding. Sanitizers and masks will also be available on site. We hope that the festival will be an unforgettable experience for every Kochiite,” concludes Sumesh.
Kochi Subway Discounts!
Kochi Metro, official travel partner of the IndieGaga festival, encourages music lovers to “leave their car at home and take the metro to IndieGaga” to ease traffic congestion at the venue.
- 50% off Subway tickets on valid IndieGaga tickets
- E-bus shuttle service between MG Road underground station and Bolgatty every 30 minutes
- Subway service extended until 11:30 p.m. on Sundays
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