Dimapur, December 5: Hindi Rock band Moongphuli from Delhi took the stage Wednesday evening to open the much-anticipated Hornbill International Rock Contest 2018. Altogether eight bands performed today on the first day of the preliminary rounds of the 4-day long contest.
Each band is allotted 20 minutes for their performance. The sequence of the bands was decided by lottery. Over the next two days, three judges will decide which of the nine bands among the contesting 24 makes it to the finale scheduled for December 8.
The bands which performed today were Moongphuli (Delhi), Tyrrhenian (Guwahati, Assam), Switchblade (Kohima, Nagaland), SVKI (Mizoram), Quite Battle (Meghalaya), Yellow Beacon (Dimapur, Nagaland), Snuffer (Diphu) and Pralaya (Darjeeling, West Bengal) respectively.
Arguably the biggest domestic rock fest, and indisputably the highest prize money rock contest in India, the HIRC has become a big draw since its introduction in 2006 as Hornbill National Rock Contest. The event went international in 2013. The rock contest carries cash awards of Rs 10 lakh for the winner, Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh for the first and second runner-ups respectively, besides individual cash awards and gift hampers.
The judges for the contest are Derek Julien, Sonam Sherpa, and Among Jamir.
Bands for Thursday
Ambush (Karbi Anglong, Assam), Vishnu (West Bengal), Vikrit (Ranchi, Jharkhand), Rongpin (Diphu, Assam), Lost Icons (Delhi), Her Illegal Practice (Sikkim), UDX (Dimapur, Nagaland), Meraki (Darjeeling, West Bengal). (Page News Service)