Under the Cross steals the show at High Voltage 2.02 min read
Manipal: Bands from across Manipal University converged at the Amphitheatre on Saturday as School of Life Sciences hosted the second annual High Voltage. In spite of rain threatening to disrupt proceedings, “Under the Cross”, performed five songs to rapturous applause to conclude the event.
A total of ten bands performed including two headliner bands- Delerium and Under the Cross. “We have targeted all colleges of Manipal University including School of Allied Health Sciences, MIT and KMC. A lot of the bands that are playing have members from multiple colleges, so in a way it’s different because you have representation from almost all colleges in the university,” said Abhijith, one of the core members of the organising committee.
Under the Cross, a headliner band at the event, was met with deafening cheers as they took the stage. Their renditions of Radioactive and Paradise were not dampened even by a rain shower that threatened to disrupt the event. The audience also enjoyed performances from bands including The Last minute, Sundown Syndrome, Vidroha and Metanoia. ‘Night shade’ by Under The Cross and ‘Vinaash’ by Vidroha were among the self-composed songs performed by the respective bands along with classics that the crowd sang along to.
The crowd increased from 700 last year to 800 this year. The organisers attributed the turnout at the event to the success of their event last year. The crowd, likewise, enjoyed the entertainment on offer. “There was a sudden downpour of rain but it was Under the Cross performing at the time, so I think people didn’t mind staying on,” said Sanjay, a student of MIT. Meanwhile, Sanjana, from Faculty of Architecture, compared the event to shows held in cities like Bangalore. “I wanted to know if its same like Bangalore. I wanted the crowd to be even more energetic but its nice to have events like these in Manipal”, she said.
The bands were lesser in number compared to the first event as organisers wanted to ensure that each band gets more time on stage. The bands were selected after an audition round. “We wanted to do something new, something different. Personally, I love this kind of music. So we thought why not bring in rock culture in a student town like Manipal, We wanted to keep the formal simple and invited lesser bands so that each band gets more time with the audience unlike last year. I would also like to see High Voltage become an annual event in Manipal,” said Abhijit.
Edited by Prajwal Bhat