Thank you: Magnetic Fields 2016
14 December 2016
Our eyes are still droopy from sleepless nights and our muscles achy and knotted with all that running around and dancing – and yet, as always - we’ve got wide grins plastered across our faces from the unreal weekend that just passed. We’re bowled over and extremely grateful for the overwhelming response we’ve received for Magnetic Fields 2016. And as always, it’s so heartening to see our community grow bigger and better with each passing year.
Of course, none of this would be possible without our partners, tireless crew and volunteers, the people of Alsisar, artists and wonderful punters who made it all come together the way it did. It’s a culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and passion, and we’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude and love to everyone who helped.
Before we start listing out all the people to thank however – we’d like to offer a cure for your post-festival blues. After a fantastic performance and party at bhane on Tuesday with Napoleon Gold, Livin’ Proof and Matias Aguiayo, and Floating Points, Sarathy Korwar and Sound Traveller yesterday at antiSOCIAL in the capital, dubstep giant Pinch will be playing this Friday for Echo and our friends in Bangalore will see Dorian Concept, Sarathy Korwar and Nikhil Narendra with Shreyas Dipali - all performing later this week – details here.
Now to our incredible partners..Thank you WeThePpl, THOT, Abhimanyu, Smita (Undercover Agents) and the sleepless, dedicated crew at Mixtape. Of course there's our amazing team of volunteers, including the team from Pearl Academy who worked behind the scenes round the clock, to ensure the festival ran smoothly - to thank too.
Thank you to all our Indian and international artists who flew down and travelled the gruelling road to Alsisar to come and perform. This year’s lineup really gave it their all and we saw some stunning, unforgettable sets from all our musicians.
A special and very deserving shout also goes out to our Border Movement visual team – Amandeep Pablay, Nishant John (Zombie), Lalindra Amarasekara and Nikunj Patel, as well as Ground Kontrolle for lights; safe to say this years’ visuals and stage lighting were mind-bogglingly good. And to our photography and film crew (including our talented volunteers) for capturing and documenting everything without losing the essence of the festival (images coming soon!).
The quality of music this year was unparalleled and couldn’t have been possible without support from Red Bull Music Academy, Resident Advisor, Border Movement, Goethe Institut, The Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy Of Israel in India, Fonds Culturel National, Institut Francais. Special thanks also to the crews from Livin’ Proof, Rinse France, The Piano Man Jazz Club and to Delhi Sultanate and Begum X for carting their monster soundsystem out to the middle of the desert.
The festival also had support from the good people at TATVA, who managed our welfare area, Nappa Dori, Viagogo, Jameson for fueling our audience, Diesel and Juice Up.
The boys from Big Fat Sandwich really took the food at the festival up a few notches by curating the widest variety of eats we’ve seen to far with food from Fat Lulu's, Delhi Chutney co., Wok Me and of course, their own artisanal sandwiches. Of course there's the Blue Tokai coffee bar too, who kept us all going through the weekend.
A big shout out to the curator of Magnetic Words; Rebecca Hobson, for one of our favourite additions of this year. Also for all our speakers at Magnetic Words for creating an alternative space for storytelling and discussion in the heart of the palace.
This years’ edition also had more art and experiences than ever before, and we couldn’t have done it without all the artists and creative minds who put it all together. First and foremost – we extend our gratitude to Shilo Shiv Suleman for bringing down her famed 'Pulse & Bloom' installation to the desert, the Vaayu Vision Collective who filled the walls of Alsisar’s school with colour, Alexander Lyle and Ryan Uzilevsky, Dirty Elmo, the talented Tesselate team and Spryk for our Virtual Reality corner, the Timeblur and Shed teams for their interactive installations, Prasheen Lodhia for his surreal, hang therapy, and everyone else who contributed to the creativity in the desert.
Last but certainly not least – we want to send out our sincere appreciation to you all – our patrons who made Magnetic Fields 2016 possible. We are so thankful you made it this year and await your return with open arms (and hearts) for year five. Remember to use #MagFields2016 online so that we can also see the festival through your eyes.
Once again, from the bottom of our hearts - thank you, thank you, thank you, from teams Wild City and Magnetic Fields x
**Aside from all of this, we'd love to hear back from YOU. Feedback only makes us stonger - so please get in touch at email@example.com with your thoughts from the weekend, good or bad. **
Post-party gig details:
14 December, New Delhi - antiSOCIAL: Floating Points, Sarathy Korwar & Sound Traveller
16 December, Bangalore – The Humming Tree: Dorian Concept, Sarathy Korwar, Nikhil Narendra & Shreyas Dipali
16 December, New Delhi – antiSOCIAL: ECHO feat. Pinch & Delhi Sultanate (BFR)
Image credit (main and thumb): Zacharie Rabehi