Magnetic Fields, a new music and arts festival in Rajasthan this December

by on November 27, 2013

Magnetic Fields

Arts & Music. Rajasthan. December. Extraordinary.


The striking backdrop of a 17th century palace combined with impeccable Rajasthani hospitality, the freshest underground sounds from India and abroad, and the perfect blend of heritage arts mixed with contemporary culture. Magnetic Fields is a brand new music and arts festival, which seeks to provide a heady experience transporting festival-goers to an intimate world with adventures, new experiences and memories waiting to be made. The festival takes place from the December 13-15th 2013 at the Alsisar Mahal in the heritage village of Alsisar in Shekhawati, Rajasthan. One of the newest additions to the Indian music festival calendar, Magnetic Fields has quickly become one of the most anticipated events this year, with its promise of an exciting new festival experience. Tickets for the festival are now on sale and available at bookmyshow.com.   Festival lineup

A music festival at the heart of it, Magnetic Fields programs a mix of the freshest Indian sounds accompanied by some of the most exciting underground international stars – dance acts who will dictate the sounds of the future.

Magnetic Fields opens with a high energy live performance by one of India’s biggest electro-dance acts Shaa’ir + Func (Mumbai). The lineup over the weekend include one of Europe’s finest producers Robot Koch (Berlin) whose track ‘Cloud City’ featured on the fun teaser video for the festival; V.I.V.E.K (London) a producer of Indian origin who is one of the original pioneers of dubstep and travels to India for his first show in the country; popular drum n bass and electronica outfit Shiva Soundsystem (London); electro pioneers Midival Punditz (Delhi), hotly tipped downtempo, trip-hop duo Sulk Station (Bangalore), brilliant gypsy jazz/cabaret folk band Peter Cat Recording Co., future music producer Frame/Frame who will debut his live band at the festival, psychedelic alternative rock band The Bicycle Days (Bangalore), electronica artists M.Mat b2b with Charlee (Mumbai), techno producers Kohra and BLOT; UK-based bass collective Engine-Earz featuring Orifice Vulgatron (Foreign Beggars); Mumbai-based composer Sanaya Ardeshir’s electronic music project Sandunes; India’s most popular drum-and-bass act Bay Beat Collective; one half of the Punditz, Gaurav Raina’s solo act Grain; nu-disco duo Madboy/Mink; melodious electronic outfit Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator; talented electro-rock act Sky Rabbit and its lead singer Raxit Tewari’s solo indie pop project Your Chin as well as guitarist Rahul Nadkarni’s solo project SnowShoe; PCRC frontman Suryakant Sawhney’s ambient solo act Lifafa, Delhi’s favourite collective of DJs popular for their ‘trap’ parties, The Grind and upcoming names like vocalist Curtain Blue, electro-rock Chennai band F16s and ambient/post-rock Bangalore band Until We Last.   The festival takes place in a variety of carefully constructed spaces with two main stages – the North stage (night stage), and the South stage (day stage). The music on the night stage is programmed to go on till 4 am and for those unwilling to call it a night, Magnetic Fields also features dawn-breaking, secret pop-up parties throughout the 3-day festival experience, encouraging punters to keep their eyes and ears open to discover more.   What else to expect at the festival While the music carries on through the day and till 4 am on the North (night) stage, there’s a lot more to explore at the palace. Each morning will begin with energizing yoga sessions on the lawn. Through the day, there will be snatches of local culture to sample, from traditional folk artists to local craftsmen along with free workshops giving a peek into the region’s history and legacy. The food at the festival will be a contemporary take on the best of local cuisine, deconstructing some of the region’s most popular foods, using adding the freshest local ingredients.   Magnetic Fields will be the first music festival designed by a label and design house. Acclaimed label 11.11 by CellDSGN will be creating the Magnetic Fields aesthetic. Locally sourced materials and traditional Rajasthani design elements will be combined in unconventional ways to create a brand new experience; a magical, fantasy carnival with secret-spaces, costume balls, airships, cloud bars, floating stages and much more.   Festival tickets go on sale Tickets for the December festival are available on bookmyshow.com and are priced at Rs. 4,000 for a 3-day pass. With a limited capacity of just 500 festival-goers, Magnetic Fields promises to be an intimate, curated festival experience, a complete escape into an extraordinary world for three days.   Palace living Just under four hours from Delhi, Alsisar beckons those with a sense of history and adventure. Festival goers have the option of either living in luxury at the palace or camping out under the open sky, nomadic style in tents. The Alsisar Mahal, a heritage hotel, with its intricately carved four poster beds and delicate Rajasthani motifs on the antique furniture makes for a regal break and will cost from Rs 14,500 to 17,500 per person depending on the size of the group. For the more adventurous, luxury tents are an enticing alternative at Rs 12,500 per person for a two-person tent. For early bird ticket seekers, luxury tents are available at a bonus price of Rs 11,000 per person for a group of three but only for a limited time. More details about the tickets are available on bookmyshow.com.   Magnetic Fields is produced by Wild City, WeThePPL, 11.11 by CellDSGN, THOT and Alsisar Mahal in collaboration with Border Movement, with support by Goethe.

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