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First wave of artists announced for Magnetic Fields Festival 2014

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After making an impressive debut, Magnetic Fields returns to Alsisar Mahal, a 17th century palace, with the promise of the freshest sounds from India and around the world and an immersive experience for the music fan this December. The three-day music and arts festival – to be held over December 12, 13 and 14 later this year – with its blend of heritage arts mixed with contemporary culture was hailed for its curated approach to music, design and production and continues with that trend with the first wave of artist announcements.

After introducing attendees to varied artists like Charanjit Singh, V.I.V.E.K and Robot Koch in its debut year, the second edition of Magnetic Fields will host 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. Exciting new Indian acts such as Begum, Nicholson, Soulspace, and a special Bhavishyani Future Soundz showcase are set to share stage with dream pop Parisian producer Dream Koala, British garage house DJ/producer Flava, Spanish electronica whizkid BeGun in the December festival.

Among the Indian performances slotted on the bill is an exclusive festival set by Dualist Inquiry, Monica Dogra as a solo performer, a full-festival showcase by the Mumbai-based Bhavishyavani Future Soundz collective featuring M Mat, Loopkin and Spacejams, the mellifluous pop artist Nischay Parekh with drummer Jivraj Singh, who will also be playing with the Kolkata-based experimental electronica outfit, Pinknoise, a full live show by singer-songwriter Nicholson, Delhi-based electronica producers Soulspace and Curtain Blue, newly-formed dreamy psychedelia band Begum, Delhi Sultanate’s new solo avatar BassFoundation Roots, ‘noise’ rock band Hoirong and Bangalore-based downtempo duo Sulk Station, who will finally make their Magnetic Fields debut after missing out last year, and post-rock band Until We Last, also from Bangalore.

The international artists at Alsisar Mahal this year will include some of the most exciting names from alternative dance music genres. Dream pop producer and 20-year-old Parisian Dream Koala joins highly-regarded Spanish electronica whizkid BeGun, London-based Sri Lankan-born garage/ bass producer My Panda Shall Fly who also played at the Magnetic Fields pre-party in London in July, young British garage house producer Flava D, German techno exponent Pawas, London-based hip-hop and funk legend DJ Vadim, multimedia artist and producer Zahed Sultan and singer-songwriter Graciela Maria, who has worked with Koch and the founder of Reggae Rajahs and a popular face in India DJ MoCity, who now lives in Dubai. More artists – both Indian and international – will be announced soon.

Apart from music, attendees can look forward to an experience that envelops them the moment they walk through the big iron gates of the 17th century palace. “Taking off from the nomads of the desert theme from last year, the nomadic Bedouins are now headed for intergalactic travel. These ‘nomads of the universe’ can travel through time and space, where the future and past collide, cities and villages merge to create an event that’s free of space and time.”

Like last year, the theme that will extend to a variety of carefully constructed spaces including the two main stages – the North stage (night stage), and the South stage (day stage). Alsisar Mahal will hear the strains of music round the day as acts are slated to perform during the afternoon on the lawns before curtains open on the South stage.

The music on the night stage is programmed to go on till late into the night and for those unwilling to call it a night, Magnetic Fields also features dawn-breaking, pop-up parties throughout the 3-day festival experience. For those who find it difficult to leave a bonfire and the comfort of their tent, the campsite this year will also have its own lounge.

Tickets for the December festival will be available on http://www.magneticfields.in and will announced shortly. The festival, like last year, is limited capacity, and keeps its promise of an immersive, curated festival experience, unlike any other on the Indian circuit.

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Day 3 of Magnetic Fields Festival at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

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Day 2 of The Magnetic Fields Festival at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

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Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

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A magnificent desert palace full of colourful people bathed in moonlight dancing to mesmerizing music. Sounds like a scene right from Aladdin right? This was the general sight at the Magnetic Fields Festival that took place at the Alsisar Mahal in Alsisar, Rajasthan.

Set over a period of 3 days to commemorate the meeting of the Bedouin tribes and the Royals of Rajasthan, this was a music and adventure laden retreat far away from civilization.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

I can’t jump straight to the music here as the Magnetic Fields Festival was so much more than your average music festival. Well first off – location, location, location. Alsisar itself is a town that reeks of mystery the moment you enter. Crumbling minarets and arches can be found even in the  tiny alleys that split away from the main road that leads to town.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

The festival took place at the haveli, a majestic 17th century palace that has been renovated and is now a hotel. Getting there was not easy, given the distance from Jaipur, bad roads and the existence of another town nearby called Malsisar, which led to some confusion.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

However all my worries were dispelled the moment I saw the palace gate looming ahead. I think I spent the next few hours just exploring the place, finding balconies and terraces which I probably wasn’t supposed to, wondering about the people who wandered these halls a hundred years before me.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

With the first act for the day at the South (Day) stage slated to begin only at 7 pm, I had plenty of time. This was actually a great move by the organizers as this ensured that even people who were arriving late in the evening would catch the first act of the festival, which is usually the one that sees the smallest audience. Besides this festival had performances that would last right into the wee hours of the morning. On arrival everyone was handed a guidebook with a lot of useful information as well as the first clue to the festival’s Treasure Hunt. More on that later.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

Pippin, the first act for the day at the South Stage went up at 7pm as planned.  He started off with a few tracks featuring modulated vocals on slow and easy beats. Post-dubstep and future garage may yet be unheard of in India but Pippin showed folks there exactly what it was. He ended his set with a remix of Javed Jaffrey’s song ‘I am Mumbhai’, which elicited a few yells of recognition from the crowd.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

Sandunes, a name apt for the place we were at, took to the stage next with some deft piano work on top of more post dubstep tracks. Sandunes is a Mumbai based electronic music project by Sanaya Ardeshir, also part of Krunk All-stars.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

Grain, the solo electronic project of Gaurav Raina, of Midival Punditz fame, featured an ensemble of musicians performing songs  including Karsh Kale (Midival Punditz) and Monica Dogra (Shaair and Func). Some stand out tracks were Strings attached, Not enough and Tunnel. Shadow an eerie sounding track made the palace appear scary suddenly. You know great music when it does change the atmosphere and your perception or something drastically.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

Shaair + Func started off an energy laden set with Beautiful Crime and Everytime you’re around. They managed to get most of the crowd on their feet and to come close to the stage. Tall and beautiful singer Monica Dogra gracefully moved to the songs whilst P-man held down the bass end of things. As soon as they ended their set, fireworks exploded in the air above, and a rapt audience watched as some of the embers set fire to a few curtains that hung above the stage. Exciting.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

This ended the performances at the South stage for the night, it was 10:30 pm now,  and we all made our way to the North stage, which was a short walk away, past the beautifully lit swimming pool.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

The North Stage was an exclusively electronic music stage for all three days.
First up, Kerry Lewis played us some killer tracks while a puppet dancer performed in and around the crowd and also behind the stage!

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

Bay Beat Collective then laid down some great breakbeat/dubstep tracks and almost everyone present was grooving. BLOT!, up next featuring Kohra, brought some techno vibe to the night.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

Last up for the night were the Engine Earz, who also had Orifice Vulgatron of the Foreign Beggars, emceeing on the tracks. It was 3 am now but this is what made me snap back to attention. With some amazing heavy dubstep and Vulgatron yelling at us to dance, there was no choice but to obey.  He also did a great acapella rendition of his track Contact. And then he did a stage dive into the crowd, but not before ensuring that they would catch him, and they did.

Day 1 at The Magnetic Fields Festival 2013 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

The first secret-set-party of the festival began after this with GRIND performing. This ended Day 1 of the festival and left me very very tired  and so I headed to my sleeping bag, in my tent of course. Stay tuned for Day 2.

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Day 1 of Magnetic Fields Festival at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

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Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 – Lineup

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Magnetic Fields Festival scheduled for December 13-15 at Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan has announced the following lineup for the festival:

Performing Artists

Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Robot Koch

(Berlin, DE)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Midival Punditz (Live)

(New Delhi, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Shiva Soundsystem

(London, UK)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Shaa’ir + Func

(Mumbai, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

V.I.V.E.K.

(London, UK)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Engine Earz (DJ)

(London, UK)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Orifice Vulgatron

Foreign Beggars (London, UK)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Peter Cat Recording Co.

(New Delhi, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Sky Rabbit

(Mumbai, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Bay Beat Collective

(Mumbai, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Kutle Khan

(Rajasthan, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator

Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

SnowShoe

(Mumbai, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Sandunes

(Mumbai, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

GRAIN (Live)

(New Delhi, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

M.Mat

(Mumbai, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Charlee

(Mumbai, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

The F16?s

(Chennai, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

BLOT!

(New Delhi, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Frame / Frame Band

(New Delhi, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Sulk Station

(Bangalore, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Your Chin

(Mumbai, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Madboy/Mink

(Munbai, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Kohra

(New Delhi, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

The Bicycle Days

(Bangalore, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

The Grind

(International Lineup)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Curtain Blue

(New Delhi, IN)
Magnetic Fields Festival December 13-15 2013 - Lineup

Until We Last

(Bangalore, IN)

Tickets available here. For more updates and artist announcements, watch this space!

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