} Magnetic Fields Announces First Wave Of Line Up For 2018 Edition!

A contemporary art and music festival that is globally recognised for pushing future-facing sounds from India and around the world, Magnetic Fields returns for its Sixth Edition from 14th - 16th December. 

Since its debut in 2013, Magnetic Fields has come to represent an exciting vision of modern India. The focus of the festival is as much on curating exciting music as on introducing new concepts and experiences to attendees. The three-day festival continues its collaboration with Red Bull Music, and announces a new partnership with another global brand, Budweiser as part of its BUDx platform. 

Artist line-up for #MagFields2018
The Red Bull Music North Stage, like always, will feature DJs and producers that have established themselves as pioneers of a certain style or sound. 

Dan Snaith’s dancefloor-friendly alias, Daphni, celebrates the pure mechanisms of club house and will finally make his India debut at the festival. The London-based DJ and producer was scheduled to play at Magnetic Fields 2017 but couldn’t travel to India for personal reasons. Daphni’s sets mince disco, post-punk, rave, free jazz and even Bollywood, and he stirs them together in a way that disregards conventional notions of genre.

Regarded as the best UK garage DJ ever, DJ EZ is a name that’s synonymous with the genre. Known for his high-energy sets and inimitable mixing, EZ’s set on the night stage will be one for the books. 

The night stage will also host DJ and label owner, and a relentless advocate of the Copenhagen techno sound, Courtesy. With her measured mixing style and a sound defined as avant-garde at times, Courtesy aka Najaaraq Vestbirk is one of Europe’s fastest rising DJs. Bangalore-based DJ and producer Unnayanaa will bring his bag of South-Asian and African influenced tunes to open the stage on Friday night. 

In 2018, Magnetic Fields begins a new collaboration with Budweiser, who have been at the forefront of shaping the music narrative in India over the past few years. 

The BUDx South Stage will host some of London’s most exciting artists, like jazz fusion act Kamaal Williams, fronted by DJ and producer Henry Wu – also playing at the festival in the BUDxYARD. Kamaal Williams’ latest album, ‘The Return’ confirms Kamaal’s position as the leader of a resurgent UK jazz scene and is bound to be one of the standout acts of the weekend. 

Formerly known as Throwing Shade, British Asian artist and outspoken dreampop producer Nabihah Iqbal will play a live set on the day stage, and a DJ set on the Renault Desert Oasis stage. Other acts on the stage include Vancouver-based live electronic-RnB act, IMUR alongside American electronic producer Chrome Sparks – who is playing a live set; Luxembourg-based afro post-punk quartet No Metal in this Battle; Delhi-based dream pop band Dee En, and a debut by newly-formed Bangalore-based alt supergroup called Monsoon Search Party – whose members include musicians Sharath Narayan (Black Letters), Shoumik Biswas aka Disco Puppet, Shreyas Dipali of the Nikhil Narender and Shreyas Dipali fame, electronica producer and Consolidate co-founder Anirudh Menon and singer-songwriter Joseph Jeevan Antony.

Each year the festival draws attention to a new talent with its opening act slot – Kumail in 2015, Burudu in 2016, Aerate Sound in 2017 – and this year, Mumbai-based synth duo Paraphoniks will play a live set to open the festival on Friday evening.

Belfast-born, London-based dance music duo BICEP are behind some of the biggest hits of the past few years, and finally make their Indian debut this December with a special set at Magnetic Fields. Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson – better known as BICEP – will play a very special set to close the festival in the desert on Sunday night.

Another Magnetic Fields tradition is the sounds of reggae and dub in the desert courtesy the BFR Sound System featuring Delhi Sultanate and Begum X on the Sunday afternoon of the festival. The garden, which turns into the BUDxYARD this year, will feature late-night, lively sets from Henry Wu, lo-fi house exponent, Swedish DJ and producer DJ Seinfeld and a set from special, yet-to-be-announced guests.

The Saturday night party with Resident Advisor – electronic music’s most authoritative online resource – is always one of the weekend’s high point, and this year will be no different. The RA showcase for this year will feature two of London’s finest, DJ and NTS Radio host, Moxie and standout producer Leon Vynehall – who will be playing a B2B set for the first time. 

One of the special highlights of the weekend will be the Exit Records showcase with revered drum and bass producer dBridge – who releases a new album next month – and one of the most respected MCs on the circuit, SP:MC

The last night on earth with Peter Cat Recording Co.
One of India’s most distinctive bands, and a favourite at the festival, 2018 will see the return of gypsy jazz stylings of Peter Cat Recording Co to the desert for a special, late-night showcase at the Peacock Club that includes an exclusive premiere of their new, untitled album. 

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