The gates of the Canterbury Castle were thrown open to host the first edition of the Beantown Backyard Festival on October 27 and 28 in Bengaluru with Nandi hills forming a picturesque background. An initiative by Eblitz Creations, the event saw 30+ artists from across the globe, 30+ food trucks, 20+ brews, and multiple outdoor adventure activities completing the experience.
Music enthusiasts from across town travelled to the outskirts of the city to experience the fest first-hand, which started as early as 7 am on Saturday with regular city shuttles provided to the venue. Beantowners lounged at the beautiful recreational space set amongst tall trees with lots of squishy bean bags and hammocks.
Carom, foosball, dart boards hanging from trees and table tennis were some of the games provided. Guests were seen zip lining 500 meters from the entrance taking them right to the stage area where all the musical action was taking place. Hot air balloon rides and para-motoring were hot attractions for the beantowners who had a chance to catch all the action from a bird’s eye view.
Two stages, called Sunrise and Sunset, hosted 30+ Indian and international unique artist performances. Various bands played throughout the day, while families, friends and furry pets were seeing bonding, gorging on scrumptious food and grooving to the music.
Being a hot day beantowners were seen hydrating themselves with the various beverages on offer (beer and juices), while the food trucks doled out delectable flavours catering to a variety of tastes. A separate area was set up with colourful tents for overnighters looking to rough it out in nature.
Day one saw what was perhaps a first for India – UK-based, Queer artist Ms. Mohammed, a champion of LGBTQ rights, mesmerising the crowd with her mystic music. Performers like Namit Das + Anurag Shanker, Aerate Sound, Pardafash, Malabi Tropical, Ladies Compartment, The Sylvestor Trio, and Easy Wanderlings kept the beantowners on their feet and showing-off their dance skills. Asian Dub Foundation, the internationally celebrated British band, ended the day on a high with their sizzling finale with everyone grooving to their globally renowned electronic beats.
Day two showcased award-winning performances like the indie rock band, Thermal and a Quarter, along with Disco Puppet, Blindnight, Maati Bani, Soulmate, Dew Drops, John Ainsworth and more. Nationally celebrated artists like Parvaaz, the contemporary Indian music soft rock band, created waves in the hearts of the crowd with their soulful renditions. The main attraction of the event was the multi-talented Indian folk musician Kutle Khan Project, who captivated the crowd as he performed the final piece for the weekend.
The festival closed with German musician Dunklebunt known for his unique genre – Worldbeat. Excited to play in India at the Beantown Backyard Festival, Dunklebunt took the night to an unparalleled musical high with the introduction of this new genre to Indian audiences. Some of the songs on his Beantown list included his hit singles, Egal, Cinnamom girl and, Schlawiener.
Kabir Ahmed, Festival Director of The Beantown Backyard Festival said, “Our people got the well-deserved break they deserve, from the traffic, hectic lifestyles, gag orders, and live music bans. Over the past few years, Bengaluru has exploded into a big busy city, carving a contemporary and cosmopolitan imagery of itself while somehow retaining its old charm. It’s this old charm, the nostalgia of it all, that we all romanticise and yearn for. The Beantown Backyard Festival was born out of this nostalgia.”
Mirza L Baig, Co-Founder of Eblitz Creations, added “With the inception of The Beantown Backyard Festival, our aim is to create holistic experiences, soulful escapades and memorable weekends filled with myriad choices of everything that’s loved – music, great brews, good food and entertainment that elevate the experience to a new level.”