*Representational Picture Courtesy nagasconnect.com shows an event of Hornbill National Rock Contest 2017 at Dinapur.

For the first time,a Jharkhand based band called Highway 69 is taking part in the 2017 edition of the four-day Hornbill National Rock Contest (HNRC).

Highway 69,Ranchi based rock band comprising four college pass-outs,who got selected at the prestigious HNRC 2017.

These four college –pass outs were :Lead vocalist Tarang Kerketta,an engineer graduate from BIT,Sindri,Guitarist Alvin Rosario,Bass Guitarist Vineet Barla, and Drummer Johnraj Swami.They are learnt to have rocked  Dimapur in Nagaland where the rock contest was going on.

The four-day event kick started on December 5 to conclude on December 7.The contest went international long ago in 2013.The Nagaland Chief Minister’s Office has informed that the venue was decided primarily on “account of the desire and wishes of other districts to be a part of the Hornbill Festival”.

Since the Hornbill Festival was shifted to the Kisama Heritage Village near Kohima, there have been demands that other districts should be allowed to host the biggest tourism event. Till last year, the Hornbill Festival and the Rock Contest had been restricted to Kohima. Dimapur got to be a part of the Festival when it hosted events related to the Hornbill Music Festival.

Kohima has got its share of music Mania with Kailash Kher and Boney M who performed on the opening and closing day of the grand festival.In all,the 25 acts for HIRC 2017 were :

Avora Records (Aizawl); Daira (Mumbai); Doodles (Kalimpong); Fluff Paradox (Delhi); Ghouls (Singapore); Head Motif (Sikkim); Hidden Identity (Kolkata); Highway 69 (Ranchi); Lost Icons (New Delhi); Mount Groove (Darjeeling); North H (Bhutan); Pantacrator (Meghalaya); Perfect Stick Figure Illustrations (Gangtok); Radical Change (Mirik, Darjeeling); Radiocity (Kohima, Nagaland); Seed of Changes (Bangalore); Serenade (Kolkata)
Switchblade (Kohima, Nagaland); Sylvester the Trio (Bangalore); The Kids we used to know (Montana, USA); The Great Decade (Mokokchung, Nagaland); The Prophets (Mizoram); Titans (Tura); Trivial (Guwahati); Yellow Beacon (Dimapur).

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