Held over December 14-16, the sixth edition of Magnetic Fields Festival saw an overall attendance of 4000 people at the palatial venue of Alsisar Mahal. Check out its most mesmerizing moments!
There are two kinds of people – those that await December because of Christmas & New Year, and those that await it as the time of year when dance freaks, musical bugs, and art connoisseurs of every kind gather in the desert region of Rajasthan under the pristine, magical roof of the Magnetic Fields Festival.
The sixth edition of Magnetic Fields took place from December 14-16th at the Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan, with over 4000 patrons attending the experiential music and art festival. Not much has changed for the legacy of Magnetic Fields Festival, which withholds its position as one of the greatest music festivals in India and across the world, while also acting as a platform for the cultural and artistic perseverance of talent through the country.
Day 1 Highlights
Magnetic Fields 2018 was a confluence of the best of the worlds of music, art, literature, performance arts, wellness, and a thriving community. The music was at par with Magnetic Fields upstanding legacy, and had world class acts by the likes of, Daphni, BICEP, Shanti Celeste, and Midland, and Indian acts, Monsoon Search Party, Paraphoniks, Peter Cat Recording Co and Dubai-based Middle Eastern-jazz fusion act Noon.
There were unfortunate last-minute cancellations by Kamaal Williams, Denis Sulta and Nabihah Iqbal, however Magnetic Fields was quick to step up and put up equally ecstatic performances by Tajdar Junaid, Kumail (live), Daphni b2b Shanti Celeste and Oneman b2b Pangaea.
The BUDx South Stage was quite the crowd puller and featured special commissions, Natural Selection and Aqua Dominatrix’s A/V show, ‘Flesh’, and some stellar performances by Canadian three-piece act I M U R, American producer Chrome Sparks, Spanish producer Cora Novoa and Luxembourg-based post-rock act, No Metal in this Battle.
The Red Bull Music Academy North Stage was a hub of both international and local talents with the likes of Kini, Spacejams and Unnayanaa, and Daphni, Shanti Celeste, Courtesy and Pangaea putting up an absolutely raging party.
The ever energy-pumped garden arena, BUDxYard wasn’t short of its spectacular moments. Dancers frolicked even in the biting cold to dance to the tunes of Dutch DJ – Carista, DJ Seinfeld, and the surprise 2-man Irish act BICEP. The arena also played host to special B2B sets by Daphni b2b Shanti Celeste and Oneman b2b Pangaea, who were last minute additions to make up for the artist cancellations.
The Jameson Underground stage in the palace dungeon, which was also the freshest musical addition to this year’s Mag Fields edition, saw a steady streaming crowd lulled by the music of Kristy Harper, Kev Fresh and a Boxout.fm showcase featuring Daisho, SUCHI, Dreamstates and Djrum.
While the main stages offered their own unparalleled experiences, the rooftop sessions at the Saavn Sundowner stage was also infamous for the magnificent view of the setting sun and transcending tunes by the likes of Lifafa, Sid Vashi and Aniruddh Menon. Set against the backdrop of the desert dunes, open fields as far as the eye could see, and the setting sun, the experience was something very ethereal.
A large part of the Magnetic Fields culture is the non-stop source of inspiration & entertainment. Folks who weren’t ready to call it a night were warmly welcomed at the late night secret after-parties featuring the first-ever Moxie B2B Leon Vynehall at the Resident Advisor showcase on Saturday night and the festival closing set by BICEP.
The Peacock Club had its own share of stories to be shared and experiences to be had, within its red-velvet draped confines, that hosted special acts Last Night on Earth with Peter Cat Recording Co, on Saturday, and #PureLove with Kitty Su featuring Midland on Sunday. While Delhi-based act PRPC won the crowds over with their retro-funk sounds, the spotlight was on the drag queens, Mayaa the Drag Queen, Betta Naan Stop and Zeeshan Ali, who wooed the crowds with their moves.
Magnetic Words was quite the literary hub for forward-thinking individuals to partake in the discussions led by comic actor and musician Aadar Malik; entrepreneur and India’s youngest skydiving coach Rudra Solanki; machine learning and artificial intelligence scientist Ameya Bhatawdekar; London-based wordsmith, music producer and performance poet Shane Solanki; serial entrepreneur and Ikea’s innovation lab Space10 director Carla Cammilla Hjort. Staying true to their ideology of being a progressive, contemporary music & arts festival, Magnetic Fields had every bit the entertainment for all its patrons.
The Magnetic Sanctuary worked its magic in getting every festival attendee rejuvenated and up & ready for the festival experiences, by indulging them in the much talked about aromatherapy workshops, AcroYoga workshops and sound healing sessions.
Each year, we hear countless stories of the mesmerizing effects of Magnetic Fields that leave the attendees in absolute wonder and rejuvenating them full of life just in time to head positively into the New Year. Take it from the Sherp as we tell you that every story you hear does the legacy of Magnetic Fields fair justice, and is a journey for every music, art, and festival enthusiast to take up. From the unparalleled musical talents, to the workshops, literary journeys, muses & acquaintances, meals shared and drinks cheered, Magnetic Fields had it all to make for a complete festival experience.