Just A Lil’ Tilt More

April 18, 2012 3:42 pm by

Arno Cost.

This weekend will see the return of the Tilt festival, the inaugural edition of which was organised by Stuart D’Costa, at Blue Frog in December 2010. This time, D’Costa, who is best known as the bassist of popular Mumbai band Something Relevant, has teamed up with DJ Akshai Sarin, the national culture manager for Red Bull (yes, the energy drink, and yes, that is a real job) to expand the festival in terms of scale—it goes from a two-day, single venue affair to a three-day shindig spread over three venues—and scope. Tilt 2012 has been dubbed an “urban culture festival” because in addition to gigs, it will feature food and shopping related events that will be held from Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, at the three restaurant/bars within Lower Parel’s Mathuradas Mills Compound: Blue Frog, Busaba and Cafe Zoe. Here’s what to expect at each one:

Singer-songwriters Tek (aka Vitek Goyal, the frontman of the band Slow Down Clown) and SonaLuna (aka Sonal D’Silva) and Goa-based DJ/producer Anish Sood will open for French house DJ Arno Cost on Friday (from 9pm; entry fee Rs500). Jalebee Cartel’s Arjun Vagale, German electronica duo Coma and Delhi-based audio-visual collective BLOT will take over the stage at the club on Saturday, at a show that’s part of both the Tilt and India Goes 3D festivals (from 10.30pm, entry fee Rs500 before 10pm, after which the club will charge Rs1,500 on account of Ferry Corsten’s gig at midnight). Tilt will close with a free concert featuring sets by Something Relevant and Sarin on Sunday (from 9pm). Between 11am and 10pm on Sunday, the al fresco section of Blue Frog will be used to host a flea market curated by actress Shruti Seth that will feature four stalls retailing hand-painted clutches, summery tops, tunics, and skirts, papier mache curios from Kashmir, tea light holders, pottery, and photo frames, among other items. Prices start at Rs100 for a tea light holder.

On Friday, the Lower Parel outpost of Busaba will be made to resemble a “Bangkok warehouse party” (from 6pm onwards) that will be soundtracked by electronica acts Mukul Deora and Folic State (aka deep/tech house DJ Karan Desai). “Malaccamadness” will be the theme for Saturday, when the South-East Asian restaurant and bar will serve a special Malayasian, Burmese and Vietnamese menu; and spaceJams (aka DJ Yohan Jamsandeker) of electronica collective Bhavishyavani Future Soundz, and Phase-Shift (aka DJ Alkesh Patel) will spin deep/tech house and new-age electro respectively. You can also get a free drink for every one you buy between 6pm and 9pm that night. On Sunday, between noon and 6pm, Busaba will serve a brunch priced at Rs1,500 per person (excluding taxes but including unlimited drinks). From noon to 2pm, owner and chef Nikhil Chib will host a chef’s table brunch in a separate section of the restaurant.

From 4.30pm on Sunday, Cafe Zoe will host a free jam session featuring D’Costa, Tek and harpist/vocalist Anushka Lewis among other musicians. At 8pm, Viraf Patel, chef and partner at Cafe Zoe, will host a chef’s table dinner at his restaurant.

In order to attend the chef’s table events at Busaba and Café Zoe, which can accommodate 30 people each, you need to register by emailing chef@thetiltfestival.com. Attendees will be selected at the “organisers’ discretion”.