Magnetic Fields Festival wrapped up it’s fourth and biggest edition to date last weekend and it was expectedly gorgeous. You can check out some of the pictures here and spot yourself in the crowds if you were in attendance. There were a lot of brilliant artists, a lot of brilliant sets, and overall it’s hard to choose what the best part of the festival was. Music obviously being the central focus, was off the charts in terms of performance and style, and we’re still suffering from major withdrawals. Sets were playing about 18 hours a day and it’s hard to get back to such a relatively quiet lifestyle! Here are some of my personal favourites from the known and the unknown artists that performed there.
1. Dorian Concept
Austrian composer Dorian Concept closed the South Stage at Day 2 and completely blew us away with his eclectic sound. Jazz, hip-hop, funk, there was a lot going on with his soundscape and it prepared us for the energy of Oceantied‘s set at the Redbull stage!
2. BFR Soundsystem
The Bass Foundation Roots Soundsystem showcased artists from noon till 6PM and gave the Desert Oasis Disco a total reggae vibe on Day 3. Delhi Sultanate, and Begun X Dakta Dub performed some of the most chill, reggae, laid back sets of the festival and kicked off day 3 in a spectacular way!
3. Call Super
London based DJ and musician Call Super had the crowd riveted as he closed Day 2 at the Resident Advisor Underground party with his hypnotic electronic sound. The sun rose over the backdrop of ancient ships and jeeps and it was truly a magical morning.
“The sound of Pinch in 2016 is a heady mix of deep, dark broken-beat-techno rhythms, seismic UK-dubstep, grime, dancehall, and future-dub i.e. deep, dark basement vibes. One hundred per-cent acetate and vinyl DJ sets that always bubble up to the boiling point…”
He ended the festival last year as well, and as we know, Magnetic tries to get different artists each time, but this was worth a repeat performance! The only night set that played at the Desert Oasis Disco, Blot! brought the sun up with his phenomenal sound and gave us the end that we needed to this beautiful festival.
6. Helena Hauff
Germany’s Helena Hauff killed it at the Red Bull Music Academy North Stage with her undeniable style intense, futuristic beats. She carried forward Pinch’s dark vibe and gave way for Roman Flügel’s funky set!
7. Prateek Kuhad
India’s mellowest, guitar strumming, angel voiced, singer/songwriter gave an absolutely fantastic and humble performance at the South Stage on Day 3 of MagFields. He played some popular as well as some relatively unheard tracks and had the audience riveted to his sound, as they relaxed on the grounds in front of Prateek and his band.
FILM aka Sanil Sudan opened the Red Bull Music Academy Stage on Day1 and kicked off the lively bit of the festival. His music varied from straight-up dance floor jams to low-slung ambient tracks and perfectly vibed with the mood of the Magfields attendees.
9. Buttering Trio
Three lost souls from Tel Aviv took our breath away at the South Stage on Day 3 with their heavy beats and sweet lyrics. The lead singer had the voice of an angel and even made a song like ‘Falafel’ sound gorgeous. One of the best live acts at the festival, this was truly an experience!
10. Floating Points
Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points singlehandedly ruled the Red Bull Music Academy stage on Day 3 of the festival. He oscillated between light and dark and kept the audience enthralled for hours.