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Bengaluru Venue The Humming Tree Celebrates One Year Anniversary

The Bengaluru venue will commemorate the event with a three-day festival featuring performances by Shaair + Func, The F16s, Until We Last and more

Rolling Stone India
Rolling Stone India Jun 06, 2014
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Bengaluru residents at The Humming Tree  Photo Credit: Shashank Abraham / The S&M Project

Bengaluru residents at The Humming Tree
Photo Credit: Shashank Abraham / The S&M Project

 

On a Sunday night last October, Mumbai-based producer Aniket Vidyadhar took stage to perform an acoustic original for an eager audience at the packed Bengaluru venue, The Humming Tree. Says the artist, “I played at an Open Mic Night and I realized that I could not sing.” Since then, Vidyadhar ditched vocals for samples and has been performing as electronica act Blent, a project which he launched at the same venue that encouraged him to hone his musical chops.

Over the last year, The Humming Tree has become a go-to spot for both new and aspiring local musicians across genres, from electronica to rock and even metal. To celebrate its first anniversary, the venue will host a three-day billing of music, art and dance, featuring performances by bands from in and around the country, including Mumbai-based electro pop act Shaair + Func, Chennai-based electro rock act The F16s, Bengaluru-based post rock band Until We Last, Bengaluru-based electronica duo Sulk Station, among others. Says Valeira Duflot, who manages The Humming Tree, “We treat everyone as nicely as we can, we know how hard artists work and we want to give them a platform to share their work the way that they planned it. Every single artist that is performing [for the anniversary] has performed here before; we really consider them as a part of our family.” Until We Last, who will be premiering material from their upcoming self-titled EP during their performance on June 7th, are among the many musicians who list The Humming Tree as one of the best venues in the country.  Says guitarist Ketan Bahirat, “It’s a real venue, it’s not a place that just sells alcohol and has music – it’s a place that’s meant for music. That’s an attitude that really helps.”

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The festival includes a combination of acoustic, electronic and band performances, as well an art and street food market. Says Arjun Chandran, who helps with programming at the venue, “The people who visit The Humming Tree write, perform, make films and work here regularly – it’s a collective space rather than just a venue. The goodwill that is generated is not typical of any other venue that I’ve ever been to.”

Other artists performing include vocalist Fay Baretto, Anish Dasgupta, Ankit Ranganathan, Khalid Ahamed [from psychedelic/blues rock band Parvaaz], Mahesh Ragunandan, Unnayanaa, Axo and more.

 

Event details here.

 

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