Last year, when the first edition of Magnetic Fields festival in Alsisar, Rajasthan, was announced, there was some scepticism among festival regulars. After all, there is no dearth of music fests in the country and one wondered if this one would be any different. Music aficionados have spoken and the second edition, being held from December 12-14, is almost sold out. Organised by Delhi-based Munbir Chawla aka DJ Wild City, the spectacle at Alsisar Mahal, boasts an exciting line-up of Indian and international artistes.
The festival is spread across two stages, and will host more than 30 bands and DJs, including UK-based dubstep producer Mala; Russian post-rock dubstep band I Am Waiting for You Last Summer; Mexican singer-songwriter Graciela Maria; Kolkata-based electronic fusion band Pink Noise; Bangalore-based trip-hop act Sulk Station; and regular names from Delhi such Frame/Frame, Curtain Blue and Dualist Inquiry. “They are all bands and DJs I love listening to. We have tried to strike a balance between the popular ones and the new ones,” says Chawla. The obvious attraction is the picturesque location; the 16th-century palace holds enough charm. Also, local delicacies, camping in the desert and bonfires promise to brighten the vibe.
Last year’s experience was full of lessons and the team has incorporated a few new things this year. Apart from yoga classes in the morning, there are installations, secret parties and even workshops with local artisans. “On Saturday night, there is a meteor shower and we have arranged for telescopes. There will be plenty of star-gazing,” he says.
The three-day pass costs Rs 5,000 and can be bought on http://www.magneticfields.in