In Pictures: Fuel Great Indian Rock 2010
The 14th edition of India’s biggest rock festival, FUEL Great Indian Rock kicked off in Bangalore. Meshuggah, Tesseract and Enslaved entertained Bangalore’s rock lovers.
The 14th edition of India’s definitive rock festival the FUEL Great Indian Rock took the city by storm with bands like Meshuggah, Tesseract and Enslaved playing at the festival. The Bangalore leg of the GIR saw local acts Inner Sanctum, Kryptos perform on Saturday and Sunday. 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.
Many big bands today have credited The Great Indian Rock for their success. It has changed the way people look at Rock music in India. Bands have benefited from the exposure and that added push to play their own music, which has also opened up new and exciting avenues in the realm of Indian Rock music. The Great India Rock has been integral in the explosion of innovative and original music in India.
Commenting on the Great Indian Rock Tour, Mr. Bikram Basu, Vice President- Marketing, Pernod Ricard said, “Seagram’s FUEL is a high energy and youthful brand, Great Indian is a wonderful platform for the brand to connect with its target group. Mr. Amit Saigal of RSJ, Great Indian Rock is a real tribute to Rock music enthusiasts and the one and only music festival in its genre in our country. The main aim of the Great Indian Rock is to offer a platform for musicians to not just express themselves but also encourages artists to write and perform their own music. An ideal place to be for the aspiring rock stars of India for a chance at glory!
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.