As they say, the show must go on.
Red Bull Tour Bus went down in grand fashion on the 14th of October, inspite of the evening downpour that did very little to dampen spirits. Fans thronged the gates of P.J. Hindu Gymkhana in Mumbai to watch the likes of superstar composer and singer Amit Trivedi, metal band Skyharbor, singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad, ambient electronic music artist Komorebi and indie/folk/alternative band When Chai Met Toast.
The evening kickstarted with When Chai Met Toast, a band from Cochin who are recognised for their infectiously happy music.
Following them was Komorebi, the electronic music project of Tarana Marwah. Her set included newer material from her recently released album, Soliloquy, as well as some older material. Star guitarist Warren Mendonsa accompanied her on stage for a killer set. For those who didn’t know, he also features on her latest record.
Prateek Kuhad was on next, and as expected, he was greeted with a thunderous applause and a lot of love. His set comprised largely of newer, unreleased material, interspersed with older crowd favourites such as Raat Raazi. By now, every Prateek Kuhad song has been thoroughly memorised by his ever-growing fan base.
Metal band Skyharbor, who played their first show atop the Red Bull Tour Bus, were in the country after their hugely successful tour of Europe where they also supported Deftones earlier in the year.
The night concluded in spectacular fashion, as Amit Trivedi took the stage with his live band. Their set was close to an hour and a half long, as the band performed some of the composer/singer’s most popular songs from films such as Wake Up Sid, Udta Punjab and Dev D.
Since it hit the road in October 2013, the Red Bull Tour Bus has taken music to every corner of the country – from colleges in Chandigarh, Indore, Patiala, Mohali, Shillong, Jaipur, Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad, Surat, Kharagpur, Nashik and Ahmedabad, to some of the biggest music festivals in the biggest metros.
Each year, the Red Bull Tour Bus returns to Mumbai in October for its anniversary gig – Red Bull Tour Bus Off The Roof – and features some of the most cutting-edge artists in the country. And this year was just as special.
Can’t wait until the next edition!