The gig geek is spoiled for choice this weekend, with concerts spanning live electronica, soulful alt-rock, and percussion. Here are our picks.

Friday, August 28

Talvin Singh

The London-born producer, composer, and tabla player is live as part of the Art Bengaluru festival on all week. You can check out some of his work here:

Where: Concert Area, 2nd Floor, UB City, 24, Vittal Mallya Road

When: 8pm onwards

Entry: INR 2,000 (seating); INR 1,000 (standing); book online here

Contact: Call +91 9986458021 or or visit the Art Bengaluru website

Tails on Fire

Tails on Fire are a Chennai-based alt-rock band known for their high-energy performances, so make sure you come prepared.

Where: SALT Canvas, 618, 3rd Floor, 12th Main, Indira Nagar

When: 9pm onwards

Entry: Free!

Contact: Call +91 78997 84624; RSVP here


The Mumbai-based live electronica musician often draws favourable comparisons with James Blake, and for good reason. At this gig, Nicholson plays live on synth/keys and vocals; he’s accompanied by electronic duo Dirty Jays and Rohan Ramanna on Drums. If you want a little preview, check out his Bandcamp.

Where: Blue Frog, 3 Church Street

When: 8.30pm onwards

Entry: INR 1,500 for a couple (of which INR 1,000 is a cover charge), or INR 1000 per head (of which INR 700 is a cover charge); you can also get discounted tickets, at INR 500 and INR 300 respectively, here

Contact: Call 080 6999 9549; RSVP here

Aabha Hanjura and Sufistication

This act combines qawwali, ghazals, Sufi music, and original material. The evening features an opening set by Dhruv Visvanath, who describes his music as “solo percussive acoustic guitar.”

Where: BFlat, 775, 100 Ft Road, Indira Nagar

When: 9pm onwards

Tickets: INR 400; book online here

Contact: Call 080 25278361; RSVP here

Saturday, August 29

Poets of the Fall

Poets of the Fall live in Bangalore

Finnish rockers Poets of the Fall head back to the city this weekend as part of their Jealous Gods tour. Bangalore-based Girish and the Chronicles open for them.

Where: St. John’s Medical College Ground, opposite BDA Complex, Sarjapur Road, Koramangala

When: 6pm onwards

Tickets: Book online here

Contact: Call +91 7259756181, +91 7259602572, or +91 8971240315; visit the Autumn Muse website for more details; RSVP here


If rock isn’t quite your thing, head back to UB City for an evening of trance and progressive music from Evgeny Smirnov, a Ukrainian DJ who goes by Omnia.

Where: Concert Area, 2nd Floor, UB City, 24, Vittal Mallya Road

When: 8pm to 10pm

Entry: INR 1,000; book online here

Contact: Call +91 998645802 or visit the Art Bengaluru website

Sunday, August 30

Trilok Gurtu

Trilok Gurtu.

Image via: Yancho Sabev/CC BY-SA 3.0

The master percussionist and composer Gurtu has collaborated with such musicians as John McLaughlin, Jan Garbarek, and Portuguese jazz singer Maria João; we know we’d jump at the chance to catch him live in concert.

Where: Concert Area, 2nd Floor, UB City, 24, Vittal Mallya Road

When: 8pm onwards

Entry: INR 2,500 (seating); INR 1,000 (standing); book online here

Contact: Call +91 998645802 or visit the Art Bengaluru website

Gerard Machado trio

The Bangalore-based jazz guitarist and vocalist plays with Joshua Costa on the keyboard and William D’Souza on drums.

Where: Elite Building, 5th and 6th Floor, 6th Block, Jyothi Nivas College Road, Koramangala

When: 8pm onwards

Entry: INR 500 (cover); book online here

Contact: Call 080 25535330; RSVP here

BLR Food Truck + Music Festival

The city’s first festival dedicated to eats in trucks comes with a side of music, with acts by Low Rhyderz, Martin Yo, and Young Kings.

Where: Pebble, 3 Ramana Maharishi Road, Palace Grounds, Sadashiv Nagar

When: 12pm onwards

Entry and Contact: Call +91 8884227447 for details of entry; RSVP here.

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