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WORMEto dig up new talents in the city.

LIVE CONCERTS by international artists such as Carlos Santana, Enrique Iglesias and Poets of the Fall had jazzed up the last six months for music lovers in the Capital. Nokia Lumia WORME Festival aims to take it up a notch by presenting not only the established artists, but also promoting upcoming talents.

The music festival cum contest has been divided into four zones, with preliminary rounds being held in the west Mumbai) and south ( Bangalore) zones. Zonal rounds in Kolkata and Delhi will be held this weekend and the grand finale will be organised in Delhi on December 14- 15.

" Essentially an acronym for World of Rock Metal Electronica, WORME was started in July 2011. We wanted to focus on new talent, especially non- Bollywood acts," said the brain behind the festival, Michael Khanna, founder & CEO of WonderMind. Last year's winners, Bangalore- based band Aks and Delhi- based Urban EarlyMen, got a lot of exposure through the festival.

" Each zone will have five upcoming bands vying for a spot in the grand finale and a ` 1- lakh cash prize. A wellknown band, who will also act as the judges, will headline the zonal event," he added.

For the Delhi round, hardcore metal band Artillerie, along with Michael Khanna, will be sitting on the judges panel and decide the fate of the five young bands -- Ebonix, The Uncertainity Principle, Bridge to Elsewhere, Rogue Saints and Dementia.

Talking about the qualities on which a band will be judged, Raul Bellgard, the guitarist of Artillerie said, " Originality, tightness and overall presentation are most important.

While it is easy to copy the style and antics of established bands, it is hard to be creative and deliver quality music." Amongst the bands participating in the festival, twoyear- old Ebonix, started by four school mates, only got serious about their music a year. " Our favourite original composition is ' Killer on the loose', where we talk about the journey of a serial killer," said guitarist Dhruv Malik.

The Delhi preliminary round of the WORME Festival will be held at BlueFrog, Mehrauli on December 2; 7 p. m. onwards

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Date:Nov 30, 2012
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