Ten-second takeaway

This is your chance to head to a complete stranger’s living room and get to listen to emerging artistes in the most intimate and relaxed setting that doesn’t involve anyone taking selfies or checking in on Facebook constantly.

In the moment

November was the first ever Sofar – Songs From a Room – show in Bengaluru. Starting off in London in 2009, the gig series now takes place across the world’s top cities with multiple shows every month with an emphasis on nothing but the music and the performance. Both, the location for the gig and the lineup of artistes picked from the city’s independent music scene, are not revealed until the day of the gig to those who sign up and get confirmed for a +1 invite. Everyone from actor Robert Pattison to Bastille have performed at these gig series, while Indian artistes giving an up-close performance at Sofar include Shaa’ir + Func, Alisha Pais and more.

Strumming the Blues, throwing down Rap verses

We headed to Lavelle Road and caught singer-songwriter Anand Vijayasimha {one of the city’s better-known buskers} with Marcus Horner perform bluesy, melancholic acoustic tunes that swayed between being influenced by Buddy Guy as well as Radiohead, while guitarist/beat-boxer Anup K.R. turned up with rap rhymes and a few Ed Sheeran covers. The crowd of about 30-40 sat in silence {for a change}, for Vijayasimha, but Anup got them to clap along and sing to Shaggy’s early 2000s hit “Angel”.

Bengaluru chronicles

With Vijayasimha and Anup kicking off the series in October and the organisers following up steadily in November with trip-hop/R&B act Blushing Satellite and soulful crooner Mahesh Raghunandan, Sofar Bengaluru has its programming down pat. And unlike previous editions which have taken place in Mumbai and New Delhi, it looks like they’re committed to keeping the Bengaluru Sofar shows a monthly affair. If you like music in its most intimate, almost exclusive setting, Sofar is the place to be.

So, we’re thinking…

Once you’ve heard these artistes play to you as though you’re the only person in the room, you might never look at a concert the same way again.

When: Saturday, June 25

Where: Secret location in Jayanagar 3rd Block

Price: Pay what you want

Find out more on their Bengaluru website here.

Featured image via: Joshua Quadros