Hornbill International Music Festival: K-pop ‘MONT’ to take centre stage in Nagaland

Hornbill International Music Festival: K-pop ‘MONT’ to take centre stage in Nagaland
The current trio of  MONT.  (Photo Courtesy: The band’s Official Facebook page – MONTofficial@montlove1)


The organiser promises to enthrall fans of all genres


Morung Express News 

Dimapur | November 27


The Hornbill International Music Festival (HIMF) 2018,  scheduled at the Agri Expo Site Dimapur Nagaland from December 1 to 10,  promise to enthrall music lovers of all genres.


And there is good news for all K-pop fans!


A key attraction of the HIMF 2018 will be the K-Pop band MONT, who will take centre stage on December 4 in their pre-debut concert, the organiser  LiveNow Events informed on November 26.


The Korean boy band’s first teaser video garnered rave reviews and the band is being billed as the next big thing on the K-Pop stage, the organiser told a press conference on November 26 at Hotel Saramati Dimapur.


“Hello India, we are so excited to announce that we will be coming to Nagaland, India for Hornbill International Music Festival. Come watch us perform live on 4th December at Agri Expo…,” the band said in a video posted on the official Facebook page of the HIMF.


MONT (M.O.N.T), formed by Fly Music Entertainment (FM Entertainment)  officially made debut announcement in February and according to information posted on its website, ‘MONT’ is an abbreviation of ‘Member of the National Team’ and meant to be the national representative of K-Pop.


The band consists of three members – Narachan, Roda, and Bitsaeon who have been training in Ganghwado Mountain for one year and earning the nickname – the organic idol, the rural idol, and the Ganghwa idol, it informed adding, “It is a talented group with distinctive pleasantness and friendly charm.”


So far the band has played places countries Poland, Brazil and Israel. Other report suggested that the band is actually a quintet – a five-member band.  The fourth member will appear during the release of their second single while the final fifth member will appear when the group officially debuts next year.


While there were plans for a 2018 official debut,  the group’s company FM Entertainment released an official statement on November  20 informing their fans (called MINTs) that they will not be making their debut early 2019.


However, the band went live on ‘V Live’ (a.k.a. VLIVE), a South Korean live video streaming service that allows Korean-based celebrities to broadcast live videos on the internet and live chat with fans from around the globe on November 22.


After Dimapur, MONT will be performing in New Delhi at the Korean Cultural Centre India on December 6.


Other line-ups at HIMF 2018

Apart from K-Pop,  LiveNow Events informed that this year’s edition will bring Electronic Dance Music (EDM), Blues, Christian Music and Rock – all on one stage.


Under the patronage of the Nagaland State Government and Music Task Force (MTF), the 10-day event will also feature the Hornbill International Rock Contest 2018, starting from December 5 to 7 with the prelims and concluding with the grand finale on December 8.


Altogether 24 bands, including five Nagaland bands will contest for the top-billed rock contest in the country.


While four Nagaland bands qualified for the contest through auditions, the fifth – Stereotypes got a wildcard entry with Mizoram band Kroashia pulling out of the event.


The other contesting bands are from Karnataka, Delhi, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Assam, Sikkim, Mizoram and Meghalaya.


December 9 will feature famed Shillong-based Blues Rock band Soulmate. Another key attraction, being held for the first time would be the ‘Great Hornbill Guitar Ensemble’ featuring some of the top Naga guitarists on stage on December 3.


The HIMF will kick off with Nagaland Unleashed – a platform for the best upcoming bands from Nagaland.


Day 2 will witness Praise Sunday – an evening of Christian Music by some of the best Gospel bands and artistes from Nagaland.


This concept was first introduced by LiveNow Events in the 2017 edition to provide a platform to talented Naga Christian Music bands and solo artistes.


Popular Nagaland band Lords of Rock (LOR)  frontman Clement Imsong will host both the music festival and the rock contest.


The 10-day music festival will culminate in an EDM Nite with Ukranian DJ Siana Catherine on the console revving up the pitch.


There will be 30 stalls put up during the festival. The winner of the Hornbill International Rock Contest will get prize money of Rs 10 lakh while the first runner-up and second runner-up will walk away with Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh respectively.