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Gig Preview: The CLASH Gig Series in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru

The first edition of the cross-genre monthly gig series will feature performances by metal outfit Providence, post-rock band Space Behind The Yellow Room, hip-hop crew Swadesi and more

David Britto Apr 25, 2017
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Space Behind the Yellow Room. Photo: Naman Saraiya

Post-rock band Space Behind The Yellow Room will perform at the Bengaluru leg of The CLASH. Photo: Naman Saraiya

When longstanding gig-runners Himanshu Vaswani and Nikhil Udupa put together their supersized 10th edition of Control Alt Delete earlier this year, their plan to get metal fans seated up front for a singer-songwriter or have rock fans jump around to electronica worked quite well. The appeal of a multi-genre lineup has led to a new gig series, The CLASH, which kicks off in three cities over the next 10 days.

The CLASH plans to showcase two artists at each gig from varying subcultures and genres. The inaugural edition in Mumbai, at Antisocial on April 26th features Mumbai metallers Providence and desi hip-hop group Swadesi going toe-to-toe, while the New Delhi leg on April 27th at Antisocial, HKV will feature electronic/alt rock band Karajimo and Khatarnaak Hip-hop Collective. At Bengaluru’s Humming Tree, there’s performances by post-rock band Space Behind The Yellow Room and alternative hip-hop crew Street Academics.

The gig series, created by Udupa and Vaswani’s event company 4/4 Entertainment, aims to blend cultures, languages, genres and art forms.  “This has just been an idea that was floating around forever and we just thought that we should do it. We’ve matured as people and listen to all kinds of music so we wanted to bring that vibe together. That’s how the idea of The CLASH was born,” explains Udupa. 

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The format of the show includes 45-minute individual sets by both artists, followed by a genre-bending jam to cap off the evening. We understand that metallers Providence and hip-hoppers Swadesi were always the first choice for the inaugural gig according to Udupa. A video of the collaborations at every show will also be recorded. For the future, the organizers plan to reach out to other forms of art and host similar performances.

The CLASH April-May 2017

April 26th ”“ Providence, Swadesi at Antisocial, Mumbai

April 27th ”“ Karajimo, Khatarnaak Hip-Hop Collective at Antisocial, New Delhi

May 5th ”“ Space Behind the Yellow Room, Street Academics at The Humming Tree, Bengaluru

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