Backdoors festival announces TesseracT and Mahesh Raghunandan to join the lineup alongside Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, Wolf Alice and Danny Goffey

The Humming Tree Presents: Backdoors festival featuring TesseracT and Mahesh Raghunandan alongside Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, Wolf Alice and Danny Goffey
Phase 3 tickets go live today

January 2018:  Backdoors 2018 has announced that progressive metal act TesseracT and indie-folk singer Mahesh Raghunandan will join the lineup for their forthcoming festival alongside artists including rapper, singer, drummer and producer Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, alternative rock quartet Wolf Alice, hip-hop and spoken word artist Watsky, English drummer Danny Goffey(from erstwhile rockers Supergrass), Indie singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad, hip-hop act Divine and folk-rock band When Chai Met Toast.

The forthcoming edition will see Backdoors grow from a standalone show in Bengaluru to two festivals across Bengaluru (17 February) and Mumbai (14 February) featuring some of the world’s most impressive contemporary acts. Organised by The Humming Tree, Backdoors aims to keep the festival simple and make space for great live music to be enjoyed within a creative and appreciative environment. 

The Humming Tree continues to build its reputation of championing exciting acts and is delighted to be presenting this edition in collaboration with Amnesty International India.

"We're thrilled that our second edition is bigger than the first.  We aim to provide a platform that pushes bands and artists that we feel really need to be heard." says Nikhil Barua, Founder of The Humming Tree. "We know our Bangalore audiences are hungry for good music, and this year it's great to be expanding the festival to Mumbai. Bigger platform, more variety. See you there!"

Catch Backdoors in Mumbai on 14 February and in Bangalore on 17 February 2018.
Phase 3 Tickets from Rs. 2750 to the festival are available on here.

Stay tuned to the Backdoors website for more information on the festival.

Complete Lineup:


Brandon Paak Anderson, better known by his stage name Anderson.Paak, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, drummer and record producer from Oxnard, California. He plays with the band The Free Nationals, who play a variety of instruments such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums and also serve as backing vocalists. .Paak’s 2016 album, Malibu, received a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards.


A North London alt-rock outfit led by vocalist Ellie Rowsell, Wolf Alice deftly mixes folk, grunge, and electronic elements with vintage '90s indie rock. Their single "Moaning Lisa Smile" peaked at #9 on Billboard Alternative Songs in August 2015, and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the 2016 Grammys. They have been described as "the lovechild of folk and grunge".


Watsky’s early career as a poet has impacted everything he’s done since. Whether emotionally raw or subversively comedic, lyrically gymnastic or narrative-based, the emphasis has always been on the words. After a hiatus to work on new material, Watsky pivots again, this time to prose, returning with his most ambitious album yet—Times Infinity— executive produced by Russell Simmons, co-produced by Kush Mody, with additional production by Anderson .Paak and contributions from 21 Pilots drummer Josh Dun.


TesseracT founder Acle Kahney (lead guitar), longtime collaborators Jay Postones (drums), Amos Williams (bass, backing vocals), and James Monteith (guitar), and returning vocalist Daniel Tompkins (whose first show back was on the mainstage at the U.K.’s Sonisphere) have honed in on the most exciting elements of their now trademarked sound. Dense, destructive, reconstructive, and forward-thinking, Polaris delivers on the promises made with the fierce One and the even more progressive Altered State. Storytelling with both lyricism and musicianship, TesseracT’s compositions are dense with meaning and urgent with something to say, literally and figuratively.


With the release of his debut album, In Tokens & Charms, in January 2015, India born singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad firmly established himself as one of the frontrunners in the Indian independent music scene. Having toured extensively around India, he has also performed in New York, Nashville, Austin, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Toronto etc., and as the support act for Alt J and Mike Posner's India tours. Live, Prateek recreates a warmth and vulnerability that has become his signature, effortlessly blending his folk-pop sensibilities with heartbreaking lyrical irony.


Mahesh is a singer-songwriter and musician from Bangalore whose music combines indie folk, folk rock, pop rock and soul along with a hint of blues. Influenced by artists ranging from Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra all the way to John Mayer, Damien Rice, Mahesh has opened for artists such as The Raghu Dixit Project, Bruce Lee Mani (Thermal and a Quarter), Parvaaz, The Kutle Khan Project, Sanjeev Thomas & Baiju Dharmajan and international artists such as Lucy Rose, Luke Sital-Singh from the U.K and Ty Penshorn from Australia. Mahesh also performed a singer-songwriter set at The Bacardi NH7 Weekender Bengaluru Edition in December 2015 and Stage42 Festival that featured renowned international and national artists such as Mark Ronson, Boyce Avenue, Noori and AR Rahman. He has performed with Christian Galvez, one of the best Jazz musicians in the world.


One of the premier Hip hop acts in India, Vivian aka Divine is an award winning Rapper & Hip-hop artist from the streets of Mumbai. With hit singles such as Farak and Jungli Sher, his raw and brutally honest Hindi rap draws inspiration from his own life. As the vanguard of IndiaŹ¼s Underground Music scene, his ability to seamlessly fuse street Hindi rap and slang with International Hip-Hop Beats makes his live shows power packed.


Working under the vangoffey monicker Danny Goffey steps into the limelight after spending most of his adult life writing and performing in the Great British rock band Supergrass, penning many of their best songs including 'Alright', 'Caught by the Fuzz' and 'Late in the Day'. After more than 15 years the band split leaving Goffey sitting on his hands contemplating his next move. After relocating from London to Somerset he began writing songs again-about his friends, family and the mad world around. From a small wooden shed in his garden his first ever solo album, 'vangoffey’ was conceived and these songs started to gain momentum. Before long Goffey found himself signed to Distiller Records and recording his debut album in their wonderful Somerset studio.


A simple breakfast. A simple melody. When Chai Met Toast takes inspiration from the lighter side of life to create music that is heart-warming, happy, and smile worthy. The newest band from the land of coconuts, they gained fans quickly with a special acoustic setup, and a unique brand of infectious happy music, which transcends age, genre, and even language.


About The Humming Tree

The Humming Tree is an arts, music and performance space in Bangalore, India, open since June 2013. At present, along with major international artists who are touring with them, they are also curating 25+ programmes a month including fantastic music gigs, fun workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, cultural performances, theatre, spoken word poetry, reading, storytelling sessions and other educational gatherings. They aim to provide a platform for the different arts, keeping in mind the beautifully varied resources and audiences they have access to. In addition to the performance venue, they also run a fresh, unique kitchen and bar service.
About Amnesty International India

As an international human rights movement that speaks out with one voice without compromise or fear to help protect human rights, Amnesty International has been a grass-roots organisation since 1961 – independent of government, business, religion or political groups that works for and with individuals – to give voice, to stand alongside and to secure fundamental human rights for all. It is a diverse and democratic movement of people who share fundamental global values – dignity, freedom, justice, equality for all. It strives to create change by inspiring people across India and around the world to take action. Amnesty International works collaboratively and in partnership with others to achieve the shared human rights outcomes. The Gender-Based Violence campaign focuses on Online Violence Against Women. This global campaign will begin in India, at Backdoors 2018.

About Bira

Refreshingly modern beers, Imagined in India. Bira 91 aspires to bring flavorful beers to the new world. As one of the fastest growing beer companies in the world, Bira 91 has built a portfolio of essential beers and aims to drive the global shift in beer towards more colour and flavour. Established in the summer of 2015 by B9 Beverages and headquartered in New Delhi, Bira 91 has quickly become a rage amongst urban millennials owing to its delicious beers, bold identity and a strong draft network. The company makes five beers, Bira 91 White (a low bitterness wheat beer), Bira 91 Blonde (an extra hoppy craft lager), Bira 91 Light (a low-calorie lunchtime lager), Bira 91 Strong (a high intensity, high alcohol wheat beer), and Bira 91 “The IPA” (the first IPA brewed and bottled in India). Driven by a dynamic and energetic team of over 300 passionate beer lovers, the company now operates two breweries in India, and has offices in 9 cities including New York City. Bira 91 is backed by Silicon Valley’s legendary venture capital firm Sequoia. Crafted with the creative urban drinker in mind — someone who likes to have fun and doesn’t take life (or beer) too seriously, the brand aims to disrupt the global beer world with 21st century technology and its playful monkey mascot.


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