Globally recognised as a festival that pushes future-facing sounds from India and around the world, Magnetic Fields has come to represent an exciting vision of modern India. As the festival inches closer to its fifth edition, the focus of the festival is as much on curating exciting music as on introducing new concepts and experiences to attendees.
The three-day contemporary arts and music festival will be held from December 15-17 – continues its collaboration with the world-travelling Red Bull Music Academy for the third consecutive year, and announces a new partnership with another contemporary Indian brand, Bira 91.
Held in a 17th century stately palace Alsisar Mahal, tickets and accommodation packages for the December festival are available at tickets.magneticfields.in.
Artist line-up for #MagFields2017
The day stage, now rechristened Bira 91 South Stage, will host few of dance music’s most revered names like London-based producer of Indian origin Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet, a live AV set by Los Angeles-based producer of R&B- and-hip-hop-laced electronica Machinedrum and Brainfeeder beatsmith TEEBS alongside Indian acts like The Ska Vengers – who have just completed a three-month tour of the UK festival circuit including festivals like Glastonbury, WOMAD and Boomtown – Mumbai-based producer Sid Vashi and makers of emotive electronica, Ape Echoes.
Each year the festival draws attention to a new talent with its opening act slot – Kumail in 2015, Burudu in 2016 – and this year, Bangalore-based sample-driven, audio-visual act Aerate Sound will open the festival on Friday evening.
The day stage will also host the Indian premiere of Different Trains 1947, a brand new audio-visual composition that will bring together the historical and contemporary cultures of UK and India, as previously announced.
Different Trains 1947 is collaboration between music artists Actress, Jack Barnett (These New Puritans), Indian music producer Sandunes, percussionist Jivraj Singh, Hindustani vocalist Priya Purushothaman and filmmakers/artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, and who will perform a new audio-visual composition in response to the events of 1947 at the festival on December 17. Different Trains 1947 will be shot exclusively for Boiler Room.
The Red Bull Music Academy North Stage, like always, will feature DJs and producers that have established themselves as pioneers of a certain style or sound. In its third year, the night stage will host performances from influential figures like Ben UFO, inarguably one of the most in-demand DJs at the moment and Canadian producer Jayda G, who has established a reputation as a fearless selector and a dauntless supporter of gender equality in music.
Joining them will be Special Request, the rave and jungle inspired outings of techno producer Paul Woodford, who recently announced the release of a 23-track album, Belief System, and Indian DJ Stalvart John, who will open the stage on Friday night.
Another Magnetic Fields tradition is the sounds of reggae and dub in the desert courtesy the BFR Sound System featuring Delhi Sultanate and Begum X in the Desert Disco Oasis on the Sunday afternoon of the festival.
Introduced last year and received with much warmth was The Piano Man Jazz Club and this year, they return with The Latination, a Latin-jazz quartet featuring Pradyumna Singh Manot (piano), Emmanuel Simon (percussion), Premjit Dutta (drums / percussion) and Bijit Bhattacharya (bass) alongside founder The Piano Man Arjun Sagar Gupta and musicians like Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, Kunal Netrapal, Sonic Shori and Rainer Pusch.
The festival, like every year, will be limited capacity, and promises to be an immersive, curated experience unlike any other on the Indian circuit.
The theme for 2017 is “laws of attraction”, exploring the fine and beautiful line between philosophy and science apparent with the laws of attraction, and centred on the hypothesis that we are all connected.
Magnetic Fields is as much about music as it is about design and self-expression. A limited number of free tickets and tent pitches are available for people who can come up with innovative and creative ideas to engage with the festival and fellow attendees. All one has to do is design either a spectacular costume – think headgear, wigs, masks, accessories – or come up with a concept that is in line with the theme of the festival – laws of attraction.
Applications opened on September 1 and will close on October 1. To enter, submit your entry with visual references and details at http://bit.ly/2eUoRDC.