I. Nischay Parekh
The Kolkata-based singer/songwriter released his debut album 'Ocean' this year and became an overnight sensation as far as the country's more discerning indie audiences were concerned. As the Guardian put it, "he aims to win you over with his boy-grown-up vocals and mature songwriting sensibilities."
II. The Shakey Rays
They're a four-piece independent rock band from Chennai whose explosive sets draw on eclectic influences including R&B, Swing, Garage Rock and Punk.
III. The Mavyns
Loved across the country for their classic sound and analog sensibilities, The Mavyns have a way of making their old-school sound entirely relevant to their audience.
V. Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator
This year, the live band project has made massive waves across the festival circuit, heaping all their praise into neat little piles. Heady vocals meet classic, clean cut guitars and their simplistic approach to their sound makes them all the more appealing.
VI. Shaa'ir + Func
Not that they require much of an introduction but the electro-pop duo has recently upped their live act a couple of notches this season and if you haven't already the caught the high-octane performances they've been putting out, this shouldn't be missed.
VII. Bandish Projekt
Known for fusing their melodies of yore with intelligent dance music, they've shaped the electronic music scene over the years and have rarely disappointed with their sets.
VIII. Ash Roy
the Delhi-based techno DJ and producer's influence over the electronic music scene simply cannot be overstated.
Quite easily, India's best known audio-visual act, BLOT!'s sets are usually pleasing in a much more all-encompassing sense than most others.