It’s a destination and experience that has always been on his bucket list, and now he is fulfiling those dreams. Following the Northern Lights, Bengaluru musician and entrepreneur Carlton Braganza is in Finland at Rovaniemi. Not only will he be captivated by the aurora borealis, he will also be performing his set to a select group of travellers at a bunker around a bonfire as the sky lights up with the ethereal phenomenon. Incidentally, Rovaniemi is Santa Claus' village and predictably, Carlton found much cheer in the air as he made his way into the icy village! “I am so excited to be performing here. The idea was to merge travel with music. This tour curated by a Mumbai couple with The Backpacker and Co, brings likeminded people together to see the Northern Light. And playing music there was an offer I could not refuse. Super excited,” says Carlton, who is currently in Helsinki, and sang to a happy and content group of locals at a neighbourhood karaoke bar.
“We are doing all sorts of things, a gigs at the Arctic bunker in the middle of the wilderness, another at a popular local pub, and another gig at Helsinki. I will be performing with Abhijit Gupta, who sings with me. We will be doing everything, from small jams with locals and will play a set of classic rock and blues,” he adds. With a car rally also happening during the time, Carlton hopes to see a large audience. For now, he has been busy posting about his experience so far, “Showed Helsinki a drunken good time last night! Tonight’s gig with ma boy @abhijitgupta and The Backpacker Co at @oliverscorner_rovaniemi tonight!!!.” And given that the weather is -33, and he has already seen a glimpse of the lights, it’s sure to inspire a gig that will be remembered by all.