NH7 Weekender is an annual, multi-city music festival in India. Conceptualised, produced and organised by Only Much Louder (OML Entertainment), the event is one of the largest music festivals in India, with an annual attendance across the editions of over 100,000. The festival, held between October and December, travels to multiple cities, with the flagship event in Pune. Other cities that have hosted the Weekender include Noida, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Shillong. The festival is noted for its divergent artistic lineup and hosts a large number of established and emerging local artists alongside major international acts.
Notable artists that have performed at the festivals include Steven Wilson, Steve Vai, José González, Mark Ronson, Mogwai, Flying Lotus, The Wailers, A. R. Rahman, Imogen Heap, The Vaccines, Megadeth, Rodrigo y Gabriela, SBTRKT, Chase & Status, Bombay Bicycle Club, Asian Dub Foundation, Basement Jaxx, The Magic Numbers, Fear Factory, Seun Kuti, Benga, MUTEMATH, Simian Mobile Disco, Dry the River, Fink, Jon Hopkins, Karnivool and many others.
The genesis of the festival dates back to 2009, when British music executive Stephen Budd was in Mumbai judging the Indian leg of the British Council’s Young Music Entrepreneur Awards and met Vijay Nair, CEO of Only Much Louder. Nair came to UK the following year and was introduced by Budd to Martin Elbourne, best-known for booking the Glastonbury Festival. The three of them subsequently came together to fund and create the first NH7 Weekender that was held in Pune in December 2010