The fourth edition of Pepsi Battle of the Bands finally came to a conclusion. It was an amazing season overall. We got to see so much talent on the platform. Even the bands that did not make it to the finale have their fan base grown and people are privileged enough to see those talents.
The finale of Pepsi Battle of the Bands started off with a wonderful surprise; Season 2 and Season 3 winners Kashmir and Bayaan respectively collaborating on the song Dhaltay Rahay. It was a song done to complete perfection and props should be given to 11 people performing in sync. Hopefully, we will get to see more such collaborations in the future.
Next on the stage came up Shahi Hasan along with Maria Unera and the Qawaals Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad. They performed the song Jaag Musafir. It was an experimental combination of eastern and western music. When big names such as Shahi Hasan, Asad Ahmed, Imran Akhoond, Emad Rahman and Salman Rafique along with Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad are involved, there is nothing more to say about the song as it speaks for itself.
Then the show introduced us to the finalist Aarish’s families and how hard they worked to participate in this edition after previous two unsuccessful attempts. Aarish’s journey in the show is quite inspiring to many; hard work finally pays off. They performed the song Pukaar and it was a beautiful emotional rollercoaster. The song also explained why they were in the finale.
Meesha Shafi came up next and performed the song Leila. Whenever one sees her performance, she offers us a visual treat and same was the case with Leila. It was done beautifully and the band performed great as well.
Pepsi Battle of the Bands then offered us an insight into Auj and their families. The band had struggled a lot and worked really hard to come to the finale. It was good to see that finally, it all paid for and they were deservingly in the finale. Auj mesmerized the audience with Aansoo. It’s quite unfair that we had to see a band like Auj after so many years. Such talent should not be hidden from the public eye ever. If a danger zone existed in this season, the danger zone would have been afraid of Auj more rather than the other way around.
This was followed by Fawad Khan’s performance in which he performed Uth Jaag along with Xulfi and Jamal Rahman and also featured many young musicians. The song reminded one of the EP days and had a feel of the song Barzakh to it. Hopefully, we will get to see more such performances.
Strings came in the end and performed their brand new song Hum Aye. It is also the last song from their album 30. The legendary band concluded both their album and the show on an Auj (high) note with Hum Aye.
Finally, the winners of Pepsi Battle of the Bands were announced and it was Auj who had taken the title as champions with Aarish as runners-up. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of Auj, Aarish and the other bands that participated in this show in the future as well.
Now although it was an amazing season, one thing I would like to add is that the one on one format should be eliminated. It is really unfair to many bands and they should bring back the old elimination format back. Apart from that, there are no complaints and I’m excited to see what hidden talent we will witness in the next season.