Pineapple Express - Live at MICA, Mysore

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We kicked off the year in style by playing at MICA, Mysore.

Despite the cold weather, the students flocked in large numbers and had the best kick off for 2019 they were hoping for. From Pineapple Express signature tracks to some crowd favourites, they enjoyed it all and went back with #takatakatheithei in their hearts!

Pineapple Express - Live at the International Wine Festival, Karwar

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A stage by the sea at Karwar, at an International Wine Festival - venues don't get much better than this. We were lucky enough to have been able to perform at this happy, colourful festival on the 21st of December - one of our last gigs of 2018, and a perfect way to bring to a close what has been a very eventful and exciting year for Pineapple Express. As the day came to an end, we had the privilege of performing our signature set or originals, peppered with a few crowd favourites, to an audience that ranged from toddlers to golden-year party goers, in what turned out to be an interesting and fun-filled event for us.

Pineapple Express - Live at Fandom

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We wholeheartedly believe that we have some of the best fans anyone could ask for. And no other place drives this point home than a public show in Namma Bengaluru! Our last public gig of the year happened to be on a Saturday as well, much to everyone's joy and relief and what a gig it turned out to be! We kicked things off with a private screening of our music video 'Anthem' for the attendees a good two weeks before its public launch. What followed was over two hours of the signature Pineapple Express audio-visual experience, with some never before played tracks and a few tracks we don't play live very often.

We were thoroughly surprised at people singing our compositions back to us loud and clear! Like we said, our fam is the best fam!

The audience were still asking for more when we were done with our set, refusing to leave until we gave them one last song, but we had to bid them goodbye for the night with the promise of another fun evening on another day, complete with their favourite songs as well as a couple of new songs.

Pineapple Express - Live at NH7 Weekender, Pune

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We're definitely not exagerrating when we say that NH7 Weekender is like the Mecca of indie music in India. Every year, thousands of people from all over the country will flock to the venues for a carefree, enchanting and much needed 'Weekender State of Mind' over the three days of the festival.

Playing at NH7 Weekender has been on our bucket list since a long time and this year, our dream finally became a reality at NH7 Weekender, Pune! Despite an early slot, it was very heart-warming and encouraging to see so many people turn up early for our set. From what people told us, we sounded great and performed even better and that it was the perfect start to the festival they could've had!

We watched many amazing acts like Sapta, Worldservice Project, The Contorionist, God is an Astronaut, Funktuation, and the mighty Joe Satriani who inspired us and left us all pumped up for a bigger and better Weekender in 2019!

Pineapple Express - Live at Prometheus '18, MSRMC

On 28th September, 2018 we headlined MSRMC's annual fest Prometheus.

An early evening downpour couldn't deter the crowd and they religiously stayed on as we took the stage. On hindsight, it's safe to say that right from the first note we played, they were in a #takatakatheithei state of mind and even more people flocked towards the stage as soon as they heard us play Money.

With every college gig we play at a medical institute, one thing becomes more and more clear to us: Budding doctors know how to have fun!

Pineapple Express headline Festember '18 at NIT Trichy

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One of the things we as a band with this extremely unique sound, pride ourselves most about is how we push ourselves on every front right from the technicality of the music and the soundscapes, to the execution of the entire "Live Act" both sonically and visually in every single concert of ours. Festember NIT-Trichy was one such mammoth night as we laid our eyes upon the massive stage and light rig right when we walked into soundcheck. It definitely looked like the grandest stage we had played together as a band!

The biggest challenge however was that the concert was happening inside what seemed to be this hugely massive auditorium hall, which although was impressive to look at, was a nightmare soundwise as the entire room would function as just one giant reverb chamber. It was probably one of the biggest challenges for Yogi and Akash to tame the venue and anticipate the sound absorption that the 5000 strong audience would bring in.

Needless to say, not only did the band sound extraordinary, but once the audience literally heard the very first song, all hell broke loose! There were a couple of technical glitches with the wireless mics cutting off but that was soon a thing of the past as the crowd lost themselves to the audio-visual spectacle!

Pineapple Express w/ H.L.I live at FANDOM at Gilly's, Koramangala

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On the 17th of March, we had the honour and pleasure of playing a pub gig for our home fans in Bangalore after a long time.
The venue was Fandom at Gilly's Redefined with an early set by Haiku-Like Imagination.
Haiku-kicked things off with their intricate brand of math rock, dishing out tight guitar harmony lines combined with groovy basslines and drum grooves.
A ten-minute change-up between the two bands saw the crowd wait in eager anticipation as Pineapple Express took the stage, all set for a two hour journey through modern progressive fusion interspersed with a few audience favourites.
The crowd was super fun to play for and we had the experience of our lives on stage playing for them, better than any other pub show we'd played in the past. Magic happens when the artist and the crowd connect and that is exactly what happened. While the crowd hummed and danced through some popular AR Rahman, Tamil and Kannada covers, they were absolutely with us when we played our originals, grasping the complex genre and time-bending elements we put into our music.
It was also a very special gig for us because we announced the release of our debut EP 'Uplift' for which we sold a few exclusive limited physical copies at the gig.
We'd like to thank everyone involved in making this event a memorable one for us. Fandom is undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best venue in the country right now and we look forward to playing there again sometime in the future.