Music student heads out on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India

Peasant's King - popular music student band

Welsh band Peasant’s King have headed out on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India.

The Pontypridd indie rock outfit – whose lead singer Danni Lafrombe Evans, is studying Popular Music and Songwriting at University of South Wales’s Cardiff campus - have flown out to the sub-continent where they will be playing India’s answer to Glastonbury, the NH7 Festival in Delhi, as well as shows in Pune and Bangalore thanks to Wales Arts International with backing from Arts Council of Wales and PRS grant funding.

“We were contacted by Wales Arts International with this amazing opportunity to fund a tour around India and play to a totally new audience for us,” said guitarist Josh Bowles.

“We jumped at the chance. None of us have ever experienced India before which will make it even more incredible.”

He added: “The NH7 festival has been described as the ‘Glastonbury of India’ and has been acclaimed as the best multi-genre festival in India.

“There’s loads of local acts there which will be cool to check out but bigger names like The Vaccines, Imogen Heap and Chase & Status have played there too in the last few years.”

As to what they’re expecting when they get there - Josh said: “We’re expecting a cultural overload.

“We’ve seen videos from fellow Welsh band Houdini Dax, who went out last year and it looks like a totally different world. The traffic looks pretty chaotic. I’m not looking forward to a car journey out there.”

The guitarist believed that the band would receive a good reaction on the trip - as India is become increasingly attuned to Western music.

“We’ve heard that the Indian people love Western bands like us, so we hope we come across well,” he said.

“It’s difficult to say, but the general impression we have is that there is a good scene for our kind of music.

“It’s going to be amazing to see how a brand new crowd react to our music. We always try to make our shows as lively and visceral as possible.

 “It’ll be cool to experience some of the markets and stalls out there too, all of the sights, smells and hopefully some of the food too.”

Peasant’s King, who include Danni Lafrombé - vocals; Rhodri Parry - guitar; Lewys Mann - bass, drummer Harry Lee and Josh on guitar, were earlier this year chosen as one of 12 acts to participate in Horizons - a scheme delivered by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with Arts Council Wales to develop new, independent contemporary music in Wales.

They will release their debut album titled David in the coming months.

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Article reproduced by kind permission of Wales Online. Written by David Owens.