Night of Festivals South Asia 2017 ~ Live Music in Leicester

Night of Festivals South Asia 2017 kicks off on Tuesday 15th August with a week of live music and dance from top Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi artists.

Live Music Stage at Night of Festivals 2017

Kicking off the Leicester festival on 15th August are the Scottish DJ duo Tigerstyle

Leicester’s Night of Festivals South Asia 2017 promises non-stop music and entertainment between Tuesday 15th August and Saturday 19th August 2017.

Music fans can look forward to seeing some of their favourite performers including the likes of Tigerstyle, DJ Frenzy, Aki Nawaz, Reggae Rajahs and Bandish Projekt.

Situated at Humberstone Gate, the Live Music Stage will see a headline act each night of the week along with some additional performers.

Find out which performances you can look forward to at Leicester’s Night of Festivals South Asia 2017:

Tuesday 15th August 2017 ~ 5pm – 11pm

  • Dhol Enforcement Agency: 5pm – 5.30pm
  • Gujarat Hindu Association: 5.30pm – 7pm
  • Bollywood Brass Band with special guest violinist Jyotsna Srikanth: 7.15pm – 8.15pm
  • Wondergupta (The Satellite State Disko): 8.30pm – 9pm
  • Tigerstyle: 9.15pm – 11pm

Kicking off the Leicester festival on 15th August are the Scottish DJ duo Tigerstyle. Popular for their fusion of Bhangra with Electronic Dance Music, they have coined a new type of sound named Digi-Bhang.

Their Bhangra remixes of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ and Queen and David Bowie’s ‘Under Pressure’ make them even popular among all music listeners.

Wednesday 16th August ~ 5pm – 11pm

  • Dhol Players Band Baja: 5pm – 5.30pm
  • Shabnam Khan: 5.45pm – 7.15pm
  • Mohamad Raza: 7.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Bapi Das Baul: 8.45pm – 9.45pm
  • DJ Frenzy: 10pm – 11pm

Also on stage is DJ Frenzy who fuses together Bhangra beats and contemporary pop.

DJ Frenzy is an internationally renowned DJ and music producer and is well-known for his mashups of Bhangra and Punjabi tracks with popular western songs.

Thursday 17th August ~ 5pm – 11pm

  • Dhol Enforcement Agency: 5pm – 5.30pm
  • Iffi-K: 5.45pm – 7pm
  • Centre for Indian Classical Dance: 7.15pm – 8.30pm
  • Samia Malik: 8.45pm – 10pm
  • Aki Nawaz: 10.15pm – 11pm

Aki Nawaz, the frontman of Fun-Da-Mental, a British based multi-ethnic hip-hop group will perform an eclectic set on Thursday 17th August.

Also performing on the night is British Pakistani singer, Samia Malik. Malik will be performing melodious songs from her latest album, Azaadi (Freedom).

Friday 18th August ~ 5pm – 11.30pm

  • Eternal Taal: 5pm – 5.45pm
  • SWAR Music: 6pm – 7.30pm
  • Circus Raj: 7.45pm – 8.45pm
  • Dr Das: 9pm – 9.45pm
  • Reggae Rajahs and Bobby Friction: 10pm – 11.30pm

Friday headliners are Reggae Rajahs, from New Delhi, who will be performing a mix of reggae and South Asian sound.

The music crew has opened for the likes of Snoop Dogg in India, s well as performing alongside top artists all over the world. Discussing their unique musical style, Reggae Rajahs say:

“Our sound covers the entire spectrum of reggae music whether it is dancehall, dub, roots, ska, or digital. We try to showcase different styles to our South Asian audiences as each is totally unique and new to their ears.”

At Night of Festivals South Asia 2017, the crew will present the classical sounds of reggae music as well as their original songs. Excited to be performing on the fantastic Live Music Stage in Leicester, Reggae Rajahs:

“It would be great to witness all the eclectic acts on the line up that celebrates the vibrancy of South Asian cultures, and it will be great to represent India at an event such as this – very exciting.”

Saturday 19th August ~ 10.45am – 11.30pm

  • Bhangra Punjabian Da: 10.45am – 11.30am
  • SWAR Music: 11.30am – 1pm
  • The Sonia Sabri Company: 1.15pm – 2pm
  • Pakistan Youth and Community Association: 2.15pm – 3.30pm
  • Sandeep Raval and Waqas Choudhary: 3.45pm – 4.30pm
  • Tamil Foundation: 4.45pm – 5pm
  • Nupur Arts: 5.15pm – 6.30pm
  • Hamid Ali Naqeebi Qawaal: 6.45pm – 7.30pm
  • Shama Rahman: 7.45pm – 9pm
  • Wondergupta (The Satellite State Disko): 9.15pm – 9.45pm
  • Bandish Projekt: 10pm – 11.30pm

Saturday 19th August will offer a jam-packed day of brilliant music and dance acts. The incredibly talented Sonia Sabri Company will take to the stage with some incredible classical dance performances.

Night of Festivals South Asia 2017 will also be celebrating 70 years of Indian Independence on Tuesday 15th August.

In honour of this, Indian percussionist Sandeep Raval will meet Pakistani musician Waqas Choudhary. This will be followed by performances with Bangladeshi artists, Hamid Ali Naqeebi Qawaal and Shama Rahman.

Also on 19th August, Bandish Projekt will take to the stage, merging classical Indian composition and experimental music.

In addition to these talented performers, the Live Music Stage will also invite performers from the local community.

They include Nupur Arts, Pakistani Youth and Community Centre (PYCA), SWAR Music and Centre for Indian Classical Dance.

With so many incredible musical acts and dance performances to look forward to across the week, Night of Festivals South Asia 2017 is an unmissable festival in the heart of Leicester.

For more details about the Leicester event, please view the festival website here.

Nazhat is an ambitious 'Desi' woman with interests in news and lifestyle. As a writer with a determined journalistic flair, she firmly believes in the motto "an investment in knowledge pays the best interest," by Benjamin Franklin.

Images courtesy of Night of Festivals, Sonia Sabri, and Victor Frankowski

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