Contemporary arts and India’s heritage come together in Magnetic Fields as the 17th century Alsisar Mahal extends its royal hospitality to creative souls. This 3-day underground music festival claims to be a visual dream transforming dungeons and desert into Disneyland for enthusiasts. The magnificent stage settings against the majestic backdrop of the palace are famous nationwide. It becomes a traveller’s paradise for those craving culture.
This year the festival has embraced its 7th edition as its theme with the energy of seven surrounding it in all forms – seven seas, Seven Wonders of the World, and seven colours of the rainbow. We’re excited to see how far the ‘Law of Seven’ takes us!
One of the most magnetic personalities in dance music and a passionate advocate for gender equality, The Black Madonna, will make her debut in India. Artists from South Africa, Germany, Tunisia and other parts of the world ranging across genres are all set to bring India’s Tomorrowland to glory.
In addition to the line-up, folk musicians will work with Indian and international sound artists under an immersive residency programme called ‘Fieldlines’ for a live performance at the underground music festival.
Not Just Music
From meditation workshops in lush gardens to raging sundowners in secret spaces, there’s something for everyone. Interactive art installations, photography, kite flying, treasure hunts, frescoes and folk music on palace rooftops are all part of the deal. If you want to get away from the loud music, relax in the courtyards, conjure stories with strangers around bonfires or star gaze on the terrace. Writers, activists, journalists and word wizards can network during a special session called ‘Magnetic Words’.
The food selection is just as carefully curated as the music. From Blue Tokai to local chai, there is no part of India you won’t find during your stay. Gourmet and grub are both on the menu to keep pre-gaming and post hangover equally comfortable.
Face The Weather
While winter days in the desert are everybody’s friends, the nights can be colder than your ex. So pack your shorts for the golden sand but make sure to layer up before dusk turns the dessert blue. Carrying a portable heater would be a good way to beat the cold in the tent, but once you step out the fog and freeze cease to matter.
How To Get There
Alsisar is in a small village in Rajasthan, four hours from Jaipur and six hours from Delhi by road. A nearby train station is in Sadulpur, which is only forty-five minutes away from the underground music festival.
How To Get Out
All you want after 3 days of non-stop fun is to sleep in and have breakfast in bed at 2PM. Well, we can all forget about that as the festival wraps up during this slumber. Water supply is turned off, food stalls disappear and even tents are unpacked before the clock strikes wake up time. So be prepared for a rushed exit!
13th December – 15th December