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Ring in the New Year, Puducherry style!

PUDUCHERRY, 27/12/2018: The inaugural Catamaran Beach Festival will feature an impressive line-up of bands in the run-up to the New Year. Photo: Special Arrangement

PUDUCHERRY, 27/12/2018: The inaugural Catamaran Beach Festival will feature an impressive line-up of bands in the run-up to the New Year. Photo: Special Arrangement   | Photo Credit: Handout_E_Mail

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Prominent hotels in the city draw up plans to provide a memorable evening for guests

There will be no dearth of fiery brews, pot pourri buffets or foot-tapping music on New Year’s eve as the city prepares to ring in 2019 with a bang — literally so, with dazzling firework shows set to cap the revelry and entertainment across across multiple venues.

While prominent hotels in the city have drawn up plans to provide a memorable evening for guests, music aficionados will be hot-footing it to the Veerampattinam Beach where back-to-back rock and EDM concerts will take take place on Sunday and Monday (New Year eve).

At The Storytellers Bar at The Promenade Hotel, partying guests can sing along or shake a leg to rock hits from 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s presented by city-based Dhani’s Trio and DJ iSean from Auroville.

The hotel is also organising a fun ‘Hangover Brunch’ at the Blue Line restaurant on January 1.

Back-to-back music

The debut edition of the Catamaran Beach Festival 2018 on December 30 and 31 at Chinna Veerampattinam beach will feature a curated multi-genre line up of 18 performing artists with the music ranging across adrenaline-driven rock to Carnatic alternative, hip hop, EDM (a variety of afro, tribal, minimalist techno and reggae).

PUDUCHERRY, 27/12/2018: The inaugural Catamaran Beach Festival will feature an impressive line-up of bands in the run-up to the New Year. Photo: Special Arrangement

PUDUCHERRY, 27/12/2018: The inaugural Catamaran Beach Festival will feature an impressive line-up of bands in the run-up to the New Year. Photo: Special Arrangement   | Photo Credit: Handout_E_Mail

 

The performing arena or the main stage in itself is a colonnade which is a megalithic structure on the beach that accentuates the Franco-Tamil aesthetics of Puducherry to the fore.

The monument as a backdrop to the music promises to be a treat, the hosts said.

Catamaran looks to be generating revenue opportunities for fishermen by involving them as a part of the festival with catamaran rides, seafood delicacies, life guards and home-stays with tent spaces.

Global audience

From foot-tapping live Tamil rock to chill sundowner Jamaican vibes, from stomping urban rap rhymes to scintillating electronic dance tuneage, this will be a unique music experience of two days for the global audience revelling their way into 2019, organisers said.

The lineup on Day One (Sunday) features Pakizah (Hindi rock), MC Kaur (spoken word/ hip hop/electronic) Karthik & Divya featuring Quadraphobia Tamil progressive alternative, Bjorn Surrao (Tamil alternative), GMB (Hip hop electronic), Ezzyland (Hip hop electronic), Small Town Guy (Nu disco/techno), Hashback (Hashish Techno) and Uddhav (Deep house/techno).

Day Two

New Year eve’s will have on stage Dakta Dub (Reggae), Elevated Pride (Rap), Pulpy Shilpy (Spoken word/ live electronica), Shri (Live set/ethno electronic), The Iyer Project (Carnatic rock), Jhanu (Tamil heavy rock), Who's a Goodboi (Glitch hop, trap and Drums and Bass (DnB), Unnayana (Afro, fusion, house) and Manny (Deep house, techno).

Tickets to the back-to-back musical treats are selling on Insider and Whistlepodu.

It will be open from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. every day, the organisers said.

Ashok Beach Resort is also hosting ‘Rock N Rolla 2019’ featuring hip hop and EDM sets steered by DJs Balie, Moon and Yugi.

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