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Rock Fireball to hit Guwahati

Guwahati, Dec. 5: It’s the rock fest the city waits for every year. The fifth edition of Fireball, known as the biggest annual rock event in the city, will be held at Shilpgram in Panjabari this Sunday.

This year, the fest promises to be twice as big and, as usual, will encourage youths to join the country’s armed forces.

New Delhi-based band Undying Inc and Guwahati’s own Lucid Recess and Spreading Roots will headline the event that is being presented by t2 and organised by Rocka Rolla Events and Artist Management Company, in association with TM Xpress, Vh1 and Café Hendrix.

This year, the event is being held in the memory of Tariq Abdullah — lead guitarist of Guwahati-based classic rock band, Faith.

There is an added attraction this year as well — 10 rock bands from across India will compete in the Guwahati Masters of Rock ’13 contest. The bands are arriving from Kochi, Indore, Darjeeling, Calcutta, Gangtok, Manipur, Dimapur, Diphu and Guwahati. The winner of this competition will win Rs 50,000 and the runner-up will get Rs 25,000.

“This time, Fireball will be even bigger than before. We are expecting around 2,000 people. It will be Undying Inc’s maiden performance in Guwahati,” said David Kock of Rocka Rolla.

One of the main features of Fireball is its theme song. This year, it will be composed and performed by Spreading Roots.

The curtain raiser for Fireball, 2013, was recently held at Terra Mayaa where Guwahati-based alternative rock band Magnum Opus performed along with Jokers Whoop and Colossal Corp.

“There was a little bit of everything in this event — from blues to alternative rock to Indian classical to fusion. This event was just a glimpse of what Rocka Rolla has in store for Fireball,” Koch added.

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