hmmmm.... lets see. GIR for me was not just the festival it was 5 days in Delhi including 2 days of Rock Connect.
Landed in Delhi and was put up in the Crowne Plaza which was unbelievable to say the least and they had a breakfast buffet to die for which lovely cold cuts and cheeses and eggs and sausages and NUTELLA!! You know its epic win when besides the butter, jam and marmalade for the bread there is a jar of peanut butter and NUTELLA!
Anyway moving on Rock Connect is a music conference where Norwegian delegates were present that included the Inferno Festival organizers Lars and Jan-Martin, Hilde Hammer a booking agent, Anders Odden who plays for Satyricon and Celtic Frost and has been in the business for 20 years and Erlend from Indie Recordings Norway. There were some great panel discussions on both days just that the lack of PR for the event saw 5 people on day 1 and 3 on day 2. Epic fail for a great great oppurtinity for Indian bands to come and learn something about how to make a career out of this and what oppurtinities are there for bands.
Friday was a rest day so I had a clinic at Furtados which was great. And had lunch at BIG CHILL which was fucking epic win as usual.
Saturday was CHAOS!! I mean fucking chaos, the sound vendor setup late and all the soundchecks got thrown around and finally we just did a 20minute check and we went on stage to open the show. Surprisingly I had awesome sound on stage and was very happy but I believe our PA sound was potty from what I was told. Also we got to play only 5 songs which we had to really really rush through because the show started at 6 I think as opposed to 4:30. I spent most of the rest of the gig at the CD Stall where as usual Delhi killed it
PIB were up next and while they were tight and all that their brand of metal was unappealing to me to say the least. Same thing about Tessaract. Very tight and all that but not my cup of tea at all.
Finally Enslaved came on and while much like Nolan I didn't know the names of any songs, they just killed it. I felt that the last time I saw them at GIR also. There is a great atmosphere when they play and I was also lucky to chat with Ila the guitarist during their soundcheck and he's a really cool chap.
So DR day 1 ended finally with great CD sales and dinner at Chicago Pizza in Khan Market which after sitting inside Chicken Inn and seeing Rs.530 for a plate of butter chicken was a fucking awesome deal at 100 bucks for a big slice of pizza with MEAT!
Day 2 - EPIC EPIC lunch at BIG CHILL with their Christmas Special which was a chicken breast stuffed with Mushroom and Mascapone sauce. Not to mention the heavenly Baileys Tiramisu. Got to the venue late and I have no idea what bands were playing till Undying Inc came on and tore the place apart however they sounded fairly muddled on the PA. During their set while I was at the stall a boy with a bleeding nose and I mean fucking bleeding nose came through and we had to put him on the table while the doctor attended to him and then finally took him out on a stretcher. There were some other casualties during the rest of the gig but I think this was the worst.
Anyway next up were Meshuggah. Who like Nolan pointed out are awesome and boring at the same time. I enjoyed the first 3 minutes of Bleed and that was about it.
So GIR day 2 ended on another high note and this time I ended the Delhi trip with the most EPIC WIN beef burger from OZ CAFE or is it CAFE OZ? Anyway it was superb!!! And we caught our flight back to Mumbai.
I think I put on 1 kg after this trip, thankfully I lost 5kgs before going there.!!! hahhahaha!!