Lahore Music Meet 2018 [#LMM18] Schedule Revealed!

Attaullah Esakhelvi, Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal & Brothers, Mauj, Akhtar Channal, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Mobeen Ansari, Saieen Zahoor, Fasi Zaka and Sikandar Ka Mandar to feature in the two-day festival

[Lahore: 5th January 2018]: Music Meet, the powerhouse team behind Pakistan’s First Ever Music Symposium, is all set to stage the fourth edition of The Lahore Music Meet [#LMM18] at the Alhamra Arts Council in Lahore on the 6th and 7th January 2018. Heating up Al-Hamra this weekend with blazing performances by bands old and new - Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammad Qawwals,  Sikandar Ka Mandar, Takatak, Mauj, Kashmir, Shorbanoor, Bayaan, Sameen Qasim & Co and many more! Album launch and acoustic performance by Keeray Makoray and the return of Abid Brohi and Lyari Bros with Patari Tabeer. Also featuring, for a look into Pakistan's musical history, talks with Fifi Haroon and the Casette King himself, Ataullah Easakhelvi. Catch screenings of Song of Lahore and a Q&A with Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. Take part in mind expanding masterclasses with some real maestros - Violin with Javed Iqbal, Percussion with Aziz Kazi, Synth with Amr Kashmiri. Mobeen Ansari talks about his experience in photographing some of our nations greatest performers in ‘Depth of Field: Capturing Moment’s in Music’ and Sarmad Ghafoor talks in detail about producing some of the greatest hits of our time.

All this with great food available by Awesomasoas, Mocca, Bamboo Union and Karachi Kanteen - Entry is free with NIC or Student ID - Get all the details you need on facebook.com/lahoremusicmeet 

Speaking about the fourth edition of Lahore Music Meet, festival directors Natasha Noorani and Zahra Paracha have said; we definitely had a hard time curating this year because we can’t make a habit of just getting the same handful of artists to repeat every year. So this year, you’ll find a lot of fresh names and we’re hoping whatever credibility we have gained so far as a festival pushes people to drop by and find new bands to fall in love with. Our focus has steadily shifted from panel discussions to masterclasses and storytelling sessions as we find that they are far more effective formats for musicians and audiences to engage.

The two-day event is open to the general public with no cost of admission and will be headlined by leading Indie folk-rock band Sikandar ka Mandar, Balochi folk artist Akhtar Channal on day 1 with Pakistan’s Qawwali maestros Farid Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwals and Indie Band Taka Tak to perform on day-2 as part of the festival’s indoor showcase. The outdoor afternoon showcase will feature a diversity of artists who encapsulate various musical spectrums of Pakistan. These include; Mauj, Roots, Wisdom Salad, Zohaib Bilal, Alien Panda Jury, Sameen Qasim & Co, Sunny Khan Durrani, Bayaan, Sami Amiri, Fazal Jatt, Bushra Marvi, Shorbanoor and Pepsi battle of the bands winner Kashmir.  For its third iteration, the Lahore Music Meet received over 200 applications from across the country for the live performance sessions which were then crafted into a carefully curated list by co-founders Natasha Noorani and Zahra Paracha representing an interesting blend of pop, rock, folk and rap music from around the country.

The Lahore Music Meet team, consists of festival directors Natasha Noorani and Zahra Paracha with Sana Nasir as lead designer and Munizeh Sanai as the programming manager. The core team has previously worked closely with both mainstream and independent artists, filmmakers, producers and a collection of industry experts to set up a series of seminars to stimulate a variety of discussions on music and relevant topics such as; producing music for films, disseminating music in the present digital age and our folk music traditions.

Lahore Music Meet in its fourth year now is a well-established one of its kind platform for all activities pertaining to music performance, enterprise, education and academia with the ultimate goal of encouraging talents and fostering relationships between individuals within the music fraternity. By providing such a platform once every year, LMM hopes to revitalize the reputation and perception of music within the country and abroad. Official sponsors for this #LMM18 are Pepsi, Lays, Tapal, Alhamra Arts Council and Shehri Pakistan. The official partners for this year are Punjab Arts Council, HipFlash (Merch), Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Mosiki, Mangobaaz, Piphany Productions, Lotus Client Management and Public Relations, True Brew Records with News One and TV One as the official Broadcast partners, Lays as the official snack partner, City FM 89 and FM 91 as the official radio partners and Careem as the official transport partner.