KOHIMA: Get ready to be swept off your feet as the Hornbill Music Festival, an exquisite offshoot of the renowned Hornbill Festival, is set to captivate music enthusiasts starting December 1.
In its 24th edition, this venerable cultural extravaganza, drawing attendees from around the globe, promises an enthralling experience with its diverse and impressive artist lineup.
Abu Metha, adviser to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, shared the exciting details on a popular micro-blogging platform on Thursday, announcing the participation of bands from Germany, the USA, Colombia, South Korea, as well as prominent names from the Indian music scene, and a stellar showcase of talent from Nagaland and the Northeast.
This year’s musical panorama boasts a captivating array of artists spanning rock, folk, fusion, punk, metal, Indian classical, electronica, and beyond.
The lineup is a vibrant fusion of global sensations and local gems, featuring the likes of Padbhusan awardee, mohanveena virtuoso Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the spirited Los Rolling Ruanas from Colombia, Larry Yassi from the USA, Elm Tree Circle from Germany, and homegrown talents such as Alobo Naga and the Band, Trance Effect, Adil Manual Collective, and Street Stories, among others.
Abu Metha, in a social media post, revealed that the main Hornbill stage will host 40+ bands/acts, featuring over 800 artists from December 1 to 10.
The sonic extravaganza will unfold at the Hornbill Main Stage, nestled in the scenic Naga Heritage Village in Kisama.
Adding an international flair to the festival, Chief Minister Rio announced Colombia as the “Country Partner” for this highly anticipated edition.
In a social media post, he expressed his excitement, saying, “I am happy to announce that Colombia is the Country Partner of the Hornbill Music Festival 2023. The #LandOfFestivals eagerly awaits our friends and guests from all over the world to the #FestivalOfFestivals – the #HornbillFestival2023. Gracias y bienvenido a Nagaland.”