After the failure of ‘Metallica’ to perform in Gurgaon, the staging of any rock or other band looked quite bleak. Until Zygo stepped in. Zygo, the new 14,000 sq feet night club in MGF Metropolitian Mall, proved the pundits wrong – with the staging of BANDSLAM 2012. On stage were 20 bands, of all genres, from all over the country – dishing out exciting, head-banging performances in the City, on the 14th and 15th of January.
The event showcased 20 bands and 4 DJ’s under one roof, over a period of 2 days – from 3 pm to 10 pm. It witnessed a crowd of about 600 people, from all over the country – who came to support and enjoy the rock-and-roll times. While Gurgaon thundered with thumping music, the bands performing had a blast – within their allotted 30 minutes. The crowd-pulling BANDSLAM was organised by A-Live Entertainment, to promote and stage youth talent.
The BANDSLAM 2012 event opened with 10 bands on Day 1- Dementia, The Urban Early Men, Inertia, Then & Now, Inherited Infection, Mutiny in March, The Last Puff, Revival Stage, Darkmoon Eternity, and Scythus. Day 2 witnessed a larger participation of the crowd, and 10 more bands jamming till the wee hours - Ebonix, Pleqtrum, Swaratar, Scarlet Grudge, Silent Existence, 7 tones, Flying Souls, Soul Screech, Soul Trip, and The Uncertainty Principle – followed by an after party.
DJ Butch Jr. playing at the BANDSLAM, says, ‘The event showcased some of the best young talents from all over the country, and the energy was awesome! Playing for a crowd of 600 people was absolutely great.”
After the high voltage power-packed 2 days of the rock festival, there was a tie between the two best bands—Dementia and The Uncertainty Principle—for the title.
Sushmit Mazoomdar, the Judge of BANDSLAM 2012, and a Bassist with a Death Metal Band called 1833 AD says, “ The response from the crowd was great, and about 10 bands were exceptionally good. Apart from the winning bands, Dementia and The Uncertainty Principle, other bands like The Urban Early Men were really good as well. There is some great talent here, and if they stick around and continue to make music, I am sure they will make it really big in the industry. The BANDSLAM is a really good platform for the bands to showcase their talents. Such competitive events are great stepping-stones for the bands, who can make their existence felt, and bag some great shows and records in the future.
“Rock music appeals greatly to the young crowd, and Gurgaon has a great population of youth – so BANDSLAM saw a great turnout of people, and they loved it,” adds Mazoomdar.
If you have missed the full packed two day rock festival, don’t be disappointed. The BANDSLAM is an annual event, and will be back next year – with a bigger bang, showcasing some new talent. And if you are a performer yourself, prepare the rock star in you, and get Gurgaon head banging in 2013!