Arts and Entertainment
Hornbill International Rock Contest grand finale on Dec 6
The Hornbill International Rock Contest 2015 will come to its final countdown on December 6 evening at Hockey Ground, I.G. Stadium, Kohima.
Out of the 24 bands competing in the final audition round from December 3 to 5, the selected bands will vie for the ultimate title of HIRC 2015 during the grand finale scheduled on December 6.
The Hornbill International Rock Contest, over the years, has been one of the major attractions of the State’s annual Hornbill Festival. And this year even, it has been to the mark with the participation of one international band from Melbourne, Australia, 16 national bands (Seven from Northeast), and six local bands (One wild card entry).
Close to 100 bands were auditioned for this year’s edition, however, only 25 bands have made the cut for the final audition round. Though making the cut, two bands including Foot Wings (New Delhi) and Frost (Kolkata) could not turn up for the competition. Though, not selected at the State audition, Avancer from Nagaland was given a wild card entry.The winner of this year’s edition will win a cash award of Rs. 10 lakh, while the 1st runners-up and 2nd runners-up will also fetch prize money of Rs. 5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh respectively. Attractive prizes have also been set aside for winners of individual categories – Best vocal, Best guitarist, Best keyboardist, Best drummer and Best bassist.
Coming all the way from Melbourn city, Australia, Big Jumanji & The Coathangers also joined the remaining bands in sharing the stage tonight. The other seven bands were Reverse Tragedy (Mizoram), Estorica (Kolkata), 2 Square (Assam), Tune Up Channel (Nagaland), The Gluttones (Nagaland), Grey Shack and The Lynx (Meghalaya).
The Hornbill International Rock Contest is part of the Hornbill International Music Festival, being organized by the Music Task Force (MTF), Government of Nagaland, in association with Pepsi MTV Indies and Northeast Today. The event is being managed by Sky Entertainment and Nagaland Outdoors’ Club (NOC).