On 18th September, Live Square organized the latest episode of the country’s most anticipated rock festival, the ‘Rocknation VI – Resurrection’. This year’s Rocknation was aimed at reviving the rock music scene in the country after a hiatus that lasted for over a year. And thus the title.
This year’s lineup had the usual favourites, with a few surprises here and there. The initial lineup included Owned, Minerva, Powersurge, Nemesis, Aurthohin, Artcell, Arbovirus, Cryptic Fate and the Vikings. Cryptic Fate, surprisingly, and to everyone’s collective dismay, had to back out of the show at the last minute. They were substituted by Avoid Rafa, followed by another surprise slot by the newly formed indie-rock band Indalo. The likes of Warfaze were sorely missed this time around.
The show kicked off with a slot by Owned, popular underground band. Their hits “Bhabantar” and “Biyog” were quite the appetizers for the show ahead. Minerva cranked up the heat by a few more notches with some iconic covers of the best bands in this country’s rock scene.
Powersurge’s slot was a much needed breather before Nemesis came on. Being the usual crowd favourites, the reaction Nemesis got out of the crowd was not surprising at all, it was however utterly overwhelming. “Obocheton”, “Tritiyo Jatra” and “Ghuri” left everyone in a daze and wishing they had a longer slot.
Arbovirus, with their signature entry was one of the more dramatic performances of the night. “Adhar o ishshor” and an ultimate crowd-pleaser “Jalo Agun Jalo” left the crowd reeling from all the head banging! ‘Hariye Jao’ marked the end of a rollercoaster of a slot by Arbovirus, easily the most engaging one of the night.
Artcell was undeniably the clear showstopper for the night, rivaled only by Aurthohin, but the latter might have fallen short due to the absence of most of their core band members. Shishir and Komol could not be there for the night, while Rafa didn’t play for Aurthohin surprisingly. Regardless, "Guti" by Aurthohin was arguably one of the most stunning performances of the day, closely followed by Chaite Paro 1 and 2 by the same.
Vikings, the literally ‘resurrected ones’ took on the stage like they’d never been gone. The slot was a much needed breather between Artcell and Aurthohin’s although definitely not one that went unnoticed. "Opekkha" won the crowd over effortlessly.
Rocknation VI was clearly a huge success if the turnout is something to go by. It was the first time the organizers went through with the show without any external sponsors. This goes to show how driven the rock scene in our country is, and it’s definitely not something that should be put on a hiatus. Here’s to an even better Rocknation VII in the coming year.