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Hornbill International Rock Contest 2014 Announces Shortlisted Bands

Mumbai jam band The Family Cheese, Chennai rock ‘n roll band Grey Shack and Pune funk rockers Silver are among 29 bands selected to perform in Nagaland in December

Rolling Stone India Nov 06, 2014
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The shortlist is out for 2014 edition of the Hornbill International Rock Contest, which takes place between December 4th and 7th this year in Kohima, Nagaland. All of 29 bands from across India, Nepal and the North East have been invited to take part in the ninth edition of the band competition.

Pune funk rock band Silver [who won Mumbai’s Independence Rock in 2008] and Delhi classic rock band Hypnosis [who regrouped after a six-year break in 2012] to Bengaluru alt/prog rock band 30 Ton Capacity, Delhi alt rockers Crazy Weather, Chennai rock ”˜n roll band Grey Shack and Mumbai jam rock band The Family Cheese, among others have made it to the shortlist. Bands selected from Nagaland include Kohima-based alt/math rock band Stereotype and Dimapur rock band Papersky. While the Hornbill Rock Contest went international only last year, Nepal metal band Rage Hybrid are the only band traveling to India to compete.

Shortlisted bands will compete for the top prize of Rs 10 lakhs, while second place winners receive Rs 5 lakhs and third place winners walk away with Rs 3 lakhs. While Kolkata rap rock band Underground Authority placed first at the contest last year, Nagaland post-indie rock band We The Giants and Chennai electro-rockers The F16s were runners-up. The Rock Contest, part of the week-long Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, includes performances by two British rock acts, including hard rock band UFO’s guitarist Vinnie Moore and rockers Smokie, best known for their 1973 hit “Living Next Door to Alice,”  who will also judge the competition.

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Hornbill International Rock Contest 2014 Shortlisted Bands

1. Vishnu ”“ New Delhi

2.  The Mongrels Cacophony – Kolkata

3. The Doppler Effect – New Delhi

4. The Beta Funktion – Chennai

5. Tape Town Madness – Bengaluru

6. Silver – Pune

7. Serenade – Kolkata

8. 30 Ton Capacity – Bengaluru

9. Restless Desire ”“ Tura (Meghalaya)

10. Red Sky Pirates – Darjeeling

11. Hidden Truth – Kolkata

12. Chrome O Soul – Chennai

13. Black Dog Machine Gun – Darjeeling

14. The Royal Flush – Itanagar

15. Final Surrender – Bengaluru

16. The Family Cheese – Mumbai

17. Nightmares – Sikkim

18. Muses of Authority – Siliguri

19. Hypnosis ”“ New Delhi

20. Hidden Identity – Kolkata

21. Grey Shack – Chennai

22. Crazy Weather ”“ New Delhi

23. Adroit – Shillong

24. Rage Hybrid – Nepal

25. Condemned Hour ”“ Tura (Meghalaya)

26. Papersky – Dimapur

27. Technicolors – Kohima

28. Stereotype ”“ Kohima

29. Tune it Again – Nagaland

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