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Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley to headline Ziro Festival of Music 2013

The second edition of the three-day long North East music festival features Menwhopause, The Bicycle Days and more

Rolling Stone India Jul 02, 2013
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Sonic Youth frontman Lee Ranaldo. Photo: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0/Livepict.com

Sonic Youth frontman Lee Ranaldo. Photo: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0/Livepict.com

The second edition of Ziro festival will be headlined by American alt/noise rockers Sonic Youth’s guitarist-vocalist Lee Ranaldo and drummer Steve Shelley, who will make their India debut at Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh between September 20th and 22nd this year.

Apart from featuring Ranaldo, who will be playing his solo material with Shelley, Ziro will feature over 20 Indian bands from across the country, with a special focus on talent from the North East. The lineup comprises local music and dance groups as well as acts such as alt rock band Yesterdrive, garage rock band The Vinyl Records, acoustic rock band Whirling Kalapas, psychedelic rock bands Peter Cat Recording Co, The Bicycle Days, trip hop duo Sulk Station and post-punk/electro band Sky Rabbit and frontman Raxit Tewari’s electro side project Your Chin among others.

Started by Delhi alt rock band Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty [who also plays with his band at the festival], the second edition is now supported and promoted by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh’s department of Tourism.


Ziro Festival 2013 Full Lineup:


Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth)

Whirling Kalapas ”“ Mumbai

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Menwhopause ”“ New Delhi

Peter Cat Recording Co. ”“ New Delhi

Sky Rabbit ”“ Mumbai

Donn Bhatt ”“ Mumbai

Your Chin ”“ Mumbai

Sulk Station ”“ Bengaluru

The Bicycle Days ”“ Bengaluru

Gandu Circus ”“ Kolkata

Imphal Talkies ”“ Imphal, Manipur

Dosser’s Urge ”“ Shillong, Meghalaya

The Vinyl Records ”“ Arunachal Pradesh

Yesterdrive ”“ Arunachal Pradesh

Omak Komut Collective ”“ Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh

Still Waters ”“ Gangtok, Sikkim

Digital Suicide ”“ Guwahati, Assam

Dayglocrazie ”“ Assam

Polar Lights ”“ Dimapur, Nagaland

Purple Fusion ”“ Dimapur, Nagaland

Frisky Pints ”“ Mizoram


Folk acts:

Tapu War Dance ”“ Adi Tribe, Arunachal Pradesh

Lion Dance ”“ Monpa Tribe, Arunachal Pradesh

Buya Dance ”“ Nishyi Tribe, Arunachal Pradesh

Paku Littu Dance ”“ Apatani Tribe, Arunachal Pradesh

Damin Da Dance ”“ Apatani Tribe, Arunachal Pradesh

Bamboo Dance ”“ Mizoram

Naga Dance ”“ Nagaland

Ziro Festival of Music 2013 takes place on September 20th, 21st and 22nd in Ziro valley, Arunachal Pradesh. More event details here.

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