Metal barn parties are now becoming more common and are increasingly popular, with bands such as the Raging Grannies and The Shapeshifters, as well as the legendary punk rock outfit the Black Flag, setting the stage for a wave of other bands to follow suit.
With metal barn parties, you can play music in the comfort of your own home, with no distractions from the hordes of visitors who come to the festival to see what it’s all about.
Metal barn owners like Arjun K. Pandey say that the noise, the crowds, and the crowds of people are worth it.
Pandey started a metal barn party with his son, and it quickly grew in popularity, and now there are more than 30 barn parties in Karnataka.
“My son was obsessed with it and started doing all sorts of crazy stuff, like building a huge metal tent in the backyard, he built a giant metal cage with metal bars in it,” Pandey told NDTV.
Pande’s son and Pandey started their barn party in 2011 and the event grew in the following years, with some metal barn owners organising their own barn parties for their children.
“I have a son who is 14 and he loves to ride bikes.
He has been a member of the family for almost three years.
My wife, a school teacher, also started it,” he said.
Pandes son has also attended metal barn events, including one in Kolar, a town in Karnes district.
“He has been doing a lot of shows.
When I first started doing it, we were having some problems because there was no electricity,” he explained.
Pandya also runs a band called The Shapeshifter, which is known for their use of the term metal barn.
“It is very important that we do it right because it’s very difficult to put it into words.
We try to keep it simple and straightforward, so that it does not become confusing.
We keep a simple format, but it is very challenging,” he added.
Pandety has been organising metal barn nights for years, and says that it’s now a “popular thing”.
“In the past, I used to do it on the weekends and it was a little bit too much work, but with the rise in popularity and people coming to the event, I am happy that people are going there,” he says.
Pandy says that the metal barn festivals in Karnas state are now on the rise.
“We are getting more and more people.
People come because they want to see it and the noise.
It is very difficult.
It requires some time to organise it, so it is hard to organise,” he adds.
Pandty says that metal barn concerts are a lot more popular now than they were a few years ago.
“They are very popular.
We had people from all over Karnataka coming.
They are all fans of the band.
They come here for a good time.
People are very excited,” he observed.
Pandery, who started the metal-barn party with a friend and is now planning to organise one for his son in next year, has been an exhibitor for the event since 2011.
Pandyan says that he and his son started the event on the outskirts of the city and that it took him around three years to organise.
“The first one was in 2009.
We did it in front of the police station.
It was not a big deal.
I was a police officer at the time.
It took about three years before we started doing the metal events,” he recalled.
Pandia also said that the event has grown since that time.
“In the last few years, we have grown it to 10 metal barn shows and a lot is happening,” he noted.
Pandei also said he and Pandya have organised several other metal barn music festivals in the state, including those in Kanakapuram, Panchamal, and Bikaner.