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The Beantown Backyard Festival

Parvaaz performs at the Beantown Backyard Festival

What's happening in Bengaluru's 'backyard'

The Beantown Backyard festival, in its first edition, was a unique event held over the weekend at the foothills of Bengaluru’s backyard, Nandi Hills. At the two-day festival, Beantowners saw 30+ artists from around the globe, food trucks, brews, and multiple outdoor adventures all at one venue – the Canterbury Castles.

The first day of the fest saw an eclectic mix of patrons, from music lovers and foodies to beer enthusiasts and adventure junkies. The line-up of artists was shuffle throughout the day. The festival also featured the queer artist, Ms Mohammed, a UK based performer who has championed the rights of the LGBTQ community through her music.

The opening day culminated in an electric finale by the internationally celebrated British band, Asian Dub Foundation, who had everyone grooving to their globally renowned beats.

Mirza L Baig, co-founder of Eblitz Creations, the company behind the inception of the festival said, “With the inception of ‘The Beantown Backyard Festival’, our aim is to create for people holistic experiences, soulful escapades and memorable weekends filled with myriad choices of everything they love – great brews, good food and entertainment that elevates experiences to a new level.”

Baig added that, in the coming years, he hopes to reach out to the village folk so they can put up a farmers’ market and sell organic produce at the festival. It would be a great way of helping the community, he felt.

The second day took the audience on an entrancing musical ride with the award-winning, indie rock band, Thermal and a Quarter, Disco Puppet, Blindnight, Maati Bani, Soulmate, Dew Drops and John Ainsworth, and among others on the play list.

The celebrated Parvaaz, a contemporary Indian soft rock band, created waves with their soulful renditions. Ending the night on a high note was the multi-talented folk artist Kutle Khan Project, who mesmerized the crowd as he performed a melodious rendition of Indian favorites that served as the grand finale of the festival.

The festival witnessed a stellar lineup of artists who seamlessly cut across Indian and international music realms.

Soaking in the relaxed vibe, a few Beantowners were seen lounging through the day – some even playing with their pets at the recreational space – while others awaited their turn to slack-line or para-motor.