What a Day!
Started off with the usual frenzy of setup and frantic calls to get everyone together and get everything in place..
Nolan and I reached the venue at about 11:00, and there was nothing there except the Shelter guys and Generator..
What surprised us the most was that the crowd had started coming in already.. There were about 20 people there for the gig at 11:00.. [I apologize to you guys for the miscommunication]..
Things started falling into place with lots more people coming in, and the crowd too.. We expected to start off by 2:00 but there was a slight delay with the setup.. We did start at about 2:40, the first band took stage..
Eccentric Pendulum, our opening act, helped us with the last minute sound adjustments and setup.. They were ready to go and I got the second surprise.. One announcement and the crowd just stood up and went up front to support the band.. Bear in mind it was bloody hot and the stage was right out in the sun..
Bands that followed were Kaashmora, Venator, Abandoned Agony, Catalyst, Corrode, Inner Sanctum, Culminant, Theorized.. All the bands put in their best and the crowds response was just amazing band after band..
While i acknowledge the bands for being on the stage and performing, I must say that the crowd was just excellent.. They moshed and moshed and moshed till their heads dropped.. A true Headbangers Ball.. I’ve not witnessed such enthusiasm and response for the last two years.. I also like to thank you for preserving the values and rules and restrictions that the venue put forward by not smoking and making a mess out there..
The Headlining Acts took stage quite late and they acknowledged the time factor[limit].. They were extremely professional in setting up on stage, getting the sound right, performing and clearing out..
Slain, have been around for sometime and have made their mark by sweeping competitions like anything.. They have worked their way up to being what they are today, a truly remarkable, enjoyable band..
Kryptos, A perfect ending to a even more perfect day.. They were simply awesome and well supported by the crowd.. A band who got to support Iron Maiden[Who happen to be one of their long time inspirations], can put on an inexplicable performance, and this was one..
I would like to thank Nolan, for putting up with me, for keeping this brainchild of ours alive, all the beer, all the learning, all the ideas, etc etc..
I would also like to thank a whole bunch of people who helped make this gig a huge success – Samik, Prasad, Salman, Yamini, Vibha, Adarsh, Nachi, Suraj, Donald, Jaywanth, Hazel, Rohit, Ryan, Addy, Goldy, Siddharth, Harsha, Benji, Ashwin, Pranay, Deep, Bharadvaj, Danny, Ooma, Amar, Akshaya, ChaMundi, Nikhila, Mudith, Harsha, Siva, Sachin, Nikhil, Arun, Ashish, Vibhas, Chintan, Michael, Rajeev, Abhinav, Gaurav, Rajesh, Hitesh, Shreyas, Sruthi, Ashu, Suneil, Vinly, Nisha, Vishnu, Sankalp,Charan, Yash, Ankit, Manek, Judah, Brydon, Naresh, Jared, Jonathan for making this a HUGE success..
Last but not the least, I think Sound Ace did and incredible job by supporting us.. This gig wouldnt have been possible without them.. And thanks to Furtados for giving us the Drum Kit..
A Truly Epic Gig!
One last thing, Corrode were just awesome to give me that opportunity to perform with them one last time.. Good Fun ras..