Fuel Great Indian Rock 2010 is back in Bangalore!
The Fuel Great Indian Rock is back this year, larger and louder that ever before. The festival goes truly national this year with Big Gigs in 4 of India's most prominent cities, namely Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata.
The 14th edition of India’s biggest rock festival, FUEL Great Indian Rock, promises to be even bigger and better for rock and metal fans in India, with the announcement of Swedish metal masters Meshuggah being confirmed as headliners for the festival. This would be the 4th International band being confirmed for the festival, as TesseracT (UK), Purified In Blood (Norway), and Norwegian metal giants Enslaved are also playing the at festival that’s happening in Bangalore on the 18 and 19 December at Palace Grounds.
The Great Indian Rock festival has over the years, featured some of the biggest names today ranging from Parikrama, Orange Street, and Indian Ocean. Over the years it became a platform for Indian bands to showcase their skills and talent and a variety of bands participated have gone on to become some of the most well known names in the country and abroad. The Great Indian Rock project was initiated by Rock Street Journal magazine in 1995 with a view to create a platform for Indian rock bands to write and play their own music, as opposed to the covers only scene that existed till that point. Only a handful of bands like The Great Society, Rock Machine (later re-christened to Indus Creed), Millennium and 13 A.D had albums to their credit. The first compilation featuring 14 Indian bands was released in 1995, and an attempt was made to organize a festival featuring these acts, but due to lack of funding the project was shelved for that year.
The next edition of Great Indian Rock was organized in 1997, and this year Rock Street Journal was able to pull off a two day festival in Kolkata featuring all the artists on the compilation CD. This was a landmark event of sorts, as for the first time bands in India had a platform that promoted them for their own music. About a thousand people attended the festival in the first year. In 1998 the festival moved to New Delhi, and over the next 10 years was held in the Capital city at Hamsadhwani Open Air Theater, Pragati Maidan, but also branched out in the city of Mumbai (along with New Delhi) on 5 separate occasions (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008).
The Great Indian Rock, aside from becoming an iconic festival in India attended by thousands of people each year, also created a paradigm shift in the Indian independent music scene. Bands started increasingly embracing their own identity as opposed to playing covers. Hundreds of bands entered studios and recorded their music, and hundreds of Independent albums have been released in India by bands since 1995. The underground thrives!
The festival has sought to give a voice to Indian rock musicians and fan alike, creating opportunities for bands, and attempts to integrate the Indian scene with the International stage. Towards this goal, the festival sourced funding for taking Indian bands playing the festival to tour outside India. The first Indian band to receive this support was Mumbai’s Bombay Black, who got an opportunity to open for Aerosmith at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in 2001, and also played along with Incubus, Beastie Boys and other well renowned international acts. Orange Street became the first Indian band to tour Europe.
Schedule: Bangalore, 18 Dec, 2010 at Palace Grounds
1) The Bicycle Days
4) Bhayanak Maut
19 Dec, 2010
1) Inner Sanctum
2) Eccentric Pendulum
3) Purified in Blood
Tickets Available at: www.kyazoonga.com. Ticket Price: RS 1099/- for each day and 2 day combo tickets are priced at Rs 1499/-