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Filthy beats, sublime thrash




The American electro house producer and DJ knows how to put on a show. Famous for his antics - champagne spraying, cake throwing and body surfing on an inflatable raft - his tech and hospitality demands include the size of cake and type of champagne and specific socks and underwear. The No Beef star will play back-to-back dates in Delhi and Mumbai. Don't stand too close to the stage unless you want some cake in your face.


October 6, Delhi at Kitty Su, The Lalit;October 7, Mumbai at Pleasure Dome, The Lalit


Famous for banging out cheesy-but-instant dancefloor classics, the world's number 7 DJ Afrojack headlines Sunburn Noida, the one-day carnival cousin of the threeday beach festival. With just three stages compared to Goa's seven, the scale isn't the same, but Percept, the promoters for Sunburn, are hoping a taste of what awaits them in Goa will be enough to leave people wanting more. NCR apparently loves Afrojack, if Percept's Shailendra Singh is to be believed. "Horses for courses, " he says, referring to Delhiites love of commercial dance music.


October 7, Unitech Golf Course & Country Club Noida


Originally scheduled to perform in India in April, the boys from Hamburg had to cancel their tour. They're back with a massive concert performance at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Delhi. Having joined forces in 2008, the German duo of Frederic Berger and Patrick Buck has gone from strength to strength, cultivating their own underground sound that encompasses minimal infused techno, lazy deep house and groovy tech.


October 13, Eristoff Wolves Den at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender at the Buddh International Circuit


Gypsy jazz and cabaret act is how the Delhi-and-San Francisco-based PCRC describe themselves. Reminiscent of the kind of music that used to be played in smoky jazz clubs and shaam-shvet (black-and-white ) Hindi movies, the four-piece band is widely thought of as one of the most exciting acts to emerge out of the Indian indie scene. Frontman Suryakant Sawhney is lean and lanky but comes alive on stage. If there's one band you must watch next month, make sure it's PCRC.


October 13 at the Fully Fantastic Stage at Bacardi NH7 Weekender


Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are called the Big Four, and it's quite something that within the span of a year, India will have played host to three of them. Headlining the NH7 Weekender in Delhi, fans are salivating at the prospect of seeing the 10-time Grammy-nominated thrash metal act that has sold more than 38 million albums, play in India. Again. Having performed in Bangalore in 2008, the American outfit promises to blow your mind and your eardrums.


October 14, Bacardi Black Rock Arena at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, at the BIC 


Three stages. 30 artistes. 12 hours. Not to mention workshops, a flea market and exhibitions. Area 79, a music, arts and culture festival, promises that and much more. Some of the country's best artistes across all genres like Ska Vengers, Crash and Boom, Shkabang, Junkyard Groove will gather in Delhi for a few hours to create magic. Be there or be square.


October 20 at blueFROG Delhi


Life for metalheads just got sweeter with the announcement that Slayer is heading to India for a one-off show. Known for their instrumental prowess, graphically violent lyrics and grisly artwork, Slayer have set the standards for emerging thrash bands all over the world. Vocalist Tom Araya has promised a solid show, no gimmicks. "We don't really do a big show in terms of light and visuals. It's about having good sound equipment in place and playing our music and I hope the crowds enjoy the energy we will create on stage as Slayer, " he said in an interview.


October 20 in Bhartiya City, Bangalore


If there's a prettier setting for music in India, we haven't seen it. Held at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur every year, the six-year-old festival celebrates the traditions and heritage of folk music, not just from India but from around the world. Listening to some of the best and most underrated world musicians under a moonlit sky - the festival is timed to coincide with sharad purnima, the night of the brightest full moon of the year in north India - is the stuff that dreams are made of. From Aussie Mark Atkins playing the didgeridoo to Colombian band Grupo Cimmarron to Celtic pipers, there's every chance you'll want the three days to never end.


October 26-30, Mehrangarh |Fort, Jodhpur


If the boom of loud sound-systems is too much for your ears, then how about the cool sounds of the sax and piano? Jazz Utsav hits Mumbai for a three-day extravaganza with stupendous acts like the Frederik K�ster Quartet from Germany, the Luca Ciarla Quartet from Italy, Fr�y Aagre Quartet from Norway, the Polish outfit Tomasz Stanko Quartet and India's very own, the Tarun Balani Collective.


October 26, 27 and 28 at blueFROG Mumbai


He's one half of the brain behind the song Marka that became an instant YouTube sensation when it was released in December last year. With over 1. 5 million hits, Marka made the world sit up and take notice of the filthy beats and talent of the Manchester-based drum 'n' bass producer Dub Phizix. Get down and dirty with some dnb.


October 26 at blueFROG Mumbai, October 27, blueFROG Delhi

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