Yngwie Malmsteen, the legendary Swedish guitarist and one of the most popular propagators of neoclassical metal in the 1980's, is all set to deliver his first performance in India.
He is the lead attraction of the third edition of the Orange Festival of Adventure and Music (OFAM) to be held in a small quaint village called Damuk in the Lower Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh. It is only apt that Malmsteen has chosen the north-east India for his debut show as just like the seven sisters, the metal guitarist was known for his vibrant unconventional music.
His debut album, Rising Force, gave prominence to 'shredding', the quick demanding licks on the guitar. He went on to revolutionise the music scene by recording a diverse range of tracks in the neoclassical metal genre.
Malmsteen will join the likes of Menwhopause (Delhi), Ganesh Talkies (Kolkata), Yesterdrive (Arunachal Pradesh), Frisky Pints (Delhi/Mizoram), Shubhangi Joshi Collective (Mumbai) and Ginger Feet (Kolkata/Darjeeling) at OFAM 2016. In a unique blend, Itanagar-based hard rock band Tani and metal band Sacred Secrecy will open for Malmsteen in the festival on 17 December.
The four-day long music and sports festival will commence on 15 December. The four days will be filled not only with a palette of musical genres but also a range of adventure sports. The sporting activities include an off-roading competition, river rafting, ATV ride, zip lining, tackling the Burma bridge, elephant rides and trekking, with the first woman to climb Mount Everest, Tine Mena.
Given the line-up of the bands and the thrilling adventure activities to add to the fun, OFAM can turn out to be the experience of a lifetime, especially since it is set in the serene locales of Damuk which is popular for its orange farms. Thus, no brownie points for guessing where the music festival derives it name from.
Updated Date: Dec 05, 2016 16:27:30 IST