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Bengaluru Braces for a Musical Extravaganza This Week

The music scene in Bengaluru is buzzing with excitement as the city prepares for a rollicking weekend, packed with an array of live performances catering to fans across varied genres. The festivities will kick off on May 11th with the WL Superclub in HSR Layout pulsing to the post-rock beats of Irish band God Is An Astronaut, marking their inaugural performance in the city. This music ensemble is revered for their eloquent and emotive instrumental rock, characterized by ambient sonic landscapes, riveting guitar work, and explosive percussion. Hailed as one of the genre’s most influential acts, audiences can anticipate renditions of hits like ‘Echoes’, ‘Forever Lost’, and ‘All Is Violent, All Is Bright’.

Enhancing the international flavor, Indian post-rock stalwarts Aswekeepsearching will join them, potentially offering glimpses of their upcoming album. Tickets for this much-awaited concert start at ₹2,499 through Skillboxes.com, with an additional ₹500 cover charge at the door. God Is An Astronaut recently hinted at an impending album release expected in September, teasing fans with the prospect of fresh music to be introduced during their ongoing Reverse World Tour.

The musical revelry continues at Fandom At Gilly’s Redefined in Koramangala on May 11th. Versatile Malayalam singer-composer Sooraj Santhosh is set to charm his admirers with yet another live performance along with his band, accompanied by local rock outfit 12th Main. Santhosh has steadily earned acclaim with his notable contributions to South Indian film music as well as his multi-lingual EP, ‘The Gypsy Sun’. Fans can secure their spots for ₹699 via Insider.in with the venue imposing a cover charge of ₹500 at the door.

But it’s not just about the mellower spectrums of music. Metal enthusiasts get their turn on May 12th, as Fandom At Gilly’s Redefined morphs into a mecca for heavy metal courtesy of Cryptic Hertz. ‘Forged By Fire’ will spotlight local heavyweights Illucia, New Delhi’s melodic rock sensation SteelRush, the audacious Goatsmoke, and the lively Giddy Hoo. Promising a “thunderous entry into their second decade,” Illucia is expected to captivate the hardcore fans. Tickets are modestly priced at ₹499, available on Insider.in, plus the standard ₹500 cover charge.

Simultaneously, Sunburn Union in Koramangala will see the Goa-origin electronic prodigy Anyasa, also known as Anish Sood, turn the decks before embarking on his international tour. His latest track, ‘Closure’, featuring British singer Luke Coulson, embodies the essence of his distinctive sound, layered with intricate compositions and emotional depth. This show is accessible for a cover charge starting from ₹500, with additional fees after 9 pm.

Wrapping up the weekend is a sundowner set at Koramangala Social on May 12th, featuring the London-based house duo My Friend, comprising James and Archie. This act has been turning heads with their euphoric house, techno, and progressive blend, proving their prowess with a hit debut release ‘Solace’. Part of the celebrated Anjunadeep label like Anyasa, the duo’s first Indian tour is presented by Pumproom as part of ‘A Night Of Slate’. Entrance to this event is free with RSVP through Insider.in, though there is a cover charge that starts at ₹500.

As Bengaluru readies itself for a weekend filled with electrifying music, these performances will surely cater to the eclectic taste of the city’s vibrant audience, forging unforgettable memories and a symphony of sights and sounds.