Jharkhand Metal Band Is Ready To Relive This Christmas Eve | Ranchi News

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RANCHI: After an almost two-year lull, forced by the Covid pandemic, Jharkhand metal band — Highway 69 — known for their energetic presence since 2012, are looking forward to a quick revival this Christmas Eve.
Formed in 2012, Highway 69 have won numerous band titles across the country, recording their place with their aggressive style and fast tempos. Besides the many venues in Jharkhand, the group has performed in Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Burla and Sambalpur, Odisha, Kharagpur and Kolkata in West Bengal, Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, Goa, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Guwahati. The group finished as runners-up at the Hornbill Festival in Dimapur, Nagaland in 2017 and 2018.
“The ban on live concerts and all large gatherings since March 2020 to curb the spread of the corona virus had forced us into a life of uncertainty. There was no clarity about our future and although we had continued our practice individually within the confines of our rooms and homes, we had no idea when, as a group, we would be able to perform live again,” Tarang Kerketta, vocalist and founder of Highway 69 , said TOI.
“Our compositions ‘Beyond Imagination’, ‘Don’t Be The Prisoners Of The Past’, ‘Hope and Origin’ are still charting on YouTube, Amazon Music and other platforms,” ​​he said.
“However, this Christmas Eve, and with states across the country rapidly opening up, we are planning a return with a live music session on December 22 at our family space at Kadru in Ranchi. It will be mainly a private affair, although we have invited experienced musicians and other bands to play. This will be our first public comeback since March 2020,” Kerketta said.
“I also plan to relaunch the Thunderstrock Festival soon, a heavy metal music festival, held in Ranchi locally, which is a charity competition to support and encourage local live bands. Proceeds from the contest have always been used to fund poor students to pursue higher education,” he added.
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