Magnetic Fields is a three-day music festival that takes place at 17th-century palace Alsisar Mahal in Shekhawati, Rajasthan. The annual festival, which was launched in 2013, showcases “the country’s best and most forward-thinking music alongside some of the world’s finest underground stars”. Among the acts to have played its many stages are such path-breakers as Arjun Vagale, Ben UFO, Charanjit Singh, Daphni, DJ Koze, Four Tet, Hunee, HVOB, Khruangbin, Maribou State, Peter Cat Recording Co., Ratatat and Shanti Celeste. Each year also features performances by local Rajasthani folk musicians.
Attendees can book one of the fast-selling rooms inside the palace or camp in the desert where they can pitch their own tent or rent one. The festival, seven editions of which have been staged so far, was last staged in 2019. However, Magnetic Nomads, a limited-capacity offshoot with an all-local line-up, was staged in March 2021.
The theme for the 2022 instalment is “reconnection”. Four Tet, Ben UFO and HVOB will return to headline a line-up that features other international acts such as Batu, Onra, Jossy Mitsu, Saoirse, Sherelle and Young Marco. Upcoming established and fast-rising Indian artists playing the festival this year include Murthovic & Thiruda, Nate08, Sijya, Tyrell Dub Corp and acts from the record label Export Quality, who will present a showcase. See the complete list of artists here.
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Magnetic Fields attracts “an audience of adventurous, young and open-minded urbanites”. Here, in addition to hopping between stages, one can attend secret parties, participate in treasure hunts, fly kites at sunrise or simply laze on the lawns.
How To Get There
How to Reach Alsisar
1. By Air: The nearest airports are Jaipur International Airport, Bikaner Airport and New Delhi Airport. These airports are well-connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, with frequent airline services from AirAsia and Air India. Jaipur International Airport serves domestic as well as international flights.
2. By Rail: The nearest railway station is Hadyal Railway Station, situated in Ratnapura in Churu District. It is just 32 km away from Alsisar. If you are travelling from other cities in India, you can opt for Jaipur Railway Station. It is connected to major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru.
3. By Road: Alsisar town is well-connected to neighbouring towns, cities and states. Several local and public buses run from cities like Delhi and Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. If you are travelling by your vehicle from Delhi, you can take National Highway 9 or 709 to reach Alsisar. It is 254 km away from Delhi and you can reach within five hours. From Haryana, you need to take National Highway 52. It will take a little more than two hours to reach Alsisar town.
- Camping area
- Food stalls
- Gendered toilets
- Licensed bars
- Unisex toilets
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. The weather in Rajasthan during December tends to be cold as average temperatures vary between 17° C and 26°C. Make sure you carry light woollens and accessories like thick socks and scarves to keep warm.
2. Carry a bandana or a scrunchie to avoid tressy accidents with your fellow festival goers.
3. Sensible shoes or trainers.
4. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allows bottles to be carried inside.
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