In Review & Pictures: Magnetic Fields Festival 2017

Posted at December 21st, 2017 | by Shivani Goel | in Grapevine

Since it made its debut in 2013, Magnetic Fields has quickly come to be acknowledged as one of the most exceptional music festivals in the world for its confluence of art, music, wellness and community.

The flagbearer for future-facing sounds and alternative artists from India and around the world, the December 15-17 festival served up a wide range of acts that would keep any music fan engaged and interesting. Indian acts like Sid Vashi, Komorebi, Kumail and Aerate Sound found themselves on the same lineup on the Bira 91 South Stage as electronic music heavyweights Four Tet, Brainfeeder affiliate Teebs, prolific American producer Machinedrum, Texan Thai funk band Khruangbin and conceptual audio visual collaboration Different Trains 1947. The Red Bull Music Academy North Stage didn’t disappoint with standout sets from DJs and producers Special Request, Ben UFO, Four Tet, Willow and Jayda G.

One of the newer additions this year was the beats-meet-BBQ Bira 91 Freeflow Garden, where DJs like Livin’ Proof’s Raji Rags, Madstarbase, DJ Ishani and DJ MoCity mixed hip-hop classics alongside Kendrick Lamar and Bollywood samples. The garden overflowed with people on the two nights that the stage ran, despite temperatures running as low as 6 degrees over the weekend.

The festival also saw stand out sets at the secret after parties – a large part of the appeal of Magnetic Fields – like Ben UFO’s festival closing set at the Renault Desert Oasis on Monday morning, which also featured an impromptu b2b with Four Tet. A couple more highlights on the desert stage included sets by Boxout Soundsystem and BFR Soundsystem featuring Delhi Sultanate and Begum X’s first-ever DJ set.

New content streams like Saavn Sundowners and Magnetic Sanctuary also proved to be a big hit with punters. With the setting sun as the backdrop, four of India’s most exciting producers played on the palace rooftop over two days. Imagined as a tranquil retreat within the festival where you could revive and revitalise your body and mind, Magnetic Sanctuary offered a variety of wellness workshops and interactive content. Attendees participated in activities such as aromatherapy workshops, massage workshops, tea tastings and mandala making workshops.

 

 

 

Shivani Goel

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