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Rocklore 2018, the 5th edition of North East Indigenous Music Festival brought nine bands from across the North East and one from Pune to entertain Dimapurians at Don Bosco Institute Hall, Dimapur, Thursday.
Opening the concert was Frozen Hearts, a rock band from Dimapur taking the stage after a hiatus of six years. Followed by Brainstorm Island, a cross genre band from Kohima. Shape A Shade, the Indo German duo from Dimapur performed two acoustic sets. Ambush, regarded as the voice of the voiceless with their hard hitting lyrics, entertained the crowd. Manipur’s Lo Peninsula, a three piece band presented two original songs.
Mokokchung’s reputed band, Tune Up Channel played two pop/funk original songs. Fiddlecraft, flew more than 2000 kms from Pune to enchant the crowd with three Hindi pop acoustic sets.
Abiogenesis, the folk fusion band from Dimapur entertained the crowd with three Howey songs. Guwahati’s Wine O’Clock, an experimental, progressive jazz band played three jazzy songs. While band Booma Trio, a three piece band from Shillong performed three songs.
The event was organized by Abiogenesis Society and sponsored by North East Council, Shillong. ICCR Shillong Regional Office and also supported the event by sponsoring two bands. Songdew, a leading music network based in New Delhi selected Fiddlecraft to perform at the festival from among 22 bands submissions.
The event was hosted by The Institute of Music Education (TIME) director, Yanpo Humtsoe.
The event was attended by avid music lovers from in and around Dimapur.
One of the key features of the event was the chance for the wide variety of bands to come together, share a stage and also get to learn, interact and inspire each other. The spectrum of genres from metal to acoustic and folk to progressive rock on a single stage was simply an achievement in itself.
Concerts of this kind are rare since it require tremendous resources and manpower still, Abiogenesis Society did an incredible job by pulling it off successfully.
The crowd which had a mixture of teenagers to older folks seemingly had a memorable night as they had a tabled served with a whole variety of the different types of music any person could wish for.
Such concerts need more frequency as it helps boost the morale of those artistes wanting to venture into music.