Countdown to Goa

Soon after its introduction as a new music event in the Indian indie music scene last July, Live from The Console (LFTC) at Mehboob Studio, Bandra, became hugely popular. Young musicians found a platform to showcase their talent, and fans got to attend an event that put music first — with a wallet-friendly entry charge and a no-frills environment. This weekend, LFTC at Smooth Spaces travels to Goa for its first-ever two-day festival.

A number of Indian and international acts will play at the festival that is being held at Cavelossim Beach, South Goa — this, as opposed to the many other festivals in Goa, all of which are held in North Goa. "We wanted to move away from hectic and crowded scene, it's for people who want to be in a more relaxed space," said Owen Roncon, co-founder Oranjuice Entertainment, one of the organisers of LFTC.

With that in mind, the lineup includes some indie pop/rock, some dub and some reggae acts. Despite being held in Goa, which in December turns into a haven for electronic dance music (EDM), LFTC has stuck to its original concept and features no EDM acts at all. The highlight of the festival is Julian Marley with his band, The Uprising. The son of reggae legend Bob Marley, he will close the festival on Sunday night.

The Indian acts have been picked from among those who have played at LFTC in Mumbai over the last year and a half. They include Peter Cat Recording Co and Sky Rabbit on the first day and Siddharth Basrur and Tough on Tobacco on the second day. Tickets for the festival are priced at Rs 2,000 per day or Rs 3,500 for both.

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