A Note From the Founders
Nine months after the sun rose over the desert of Alsisar on the morning of 16 December 2019, the world today is nothing like we had ever imagined.
Our seventh edition was big, beautiful and most importantly, testament to the fact that, as we grow - our community - continues to uplift us and inspire us to do better.
Cognizant of the challenges that face us as society, Magnetic Fields has actively tried to be more than just a music festival.
In 2019 we collaborated with an independent sustainability consultant in tandem with our existing waste management disposal experts to further reduce the waste generated during the festival weekend. We also ran a campaign in the run up to the festival to educate our community and to celebrate the biodiversity of Alsisar.
Significantly reducing environmental impact and responsibly managing all onsite waste, 85% of the waste generated at #MagFields2019 was diverted from local dumping grounds, and was instead recycled, donated or composted on-site. Alongside this, over 200kg of excess food was collected from our food stalls and donated to local NGO Neki Ki Rasoi.
Funds collected through last year’s guest list donation scheme, have been allocated for the village of Alsisar. In 2018, the funds collected via this program enabled us to buy much-needed equipment for the Health Centre in Alsisar.
When the national lockdown hit, we were able to help local residents that were adversely affected. 300+ households have been supplied with food and essentials and there will be continued support from the festival to the local infrastructure and community over the coming months.
Over the next few weeks, we hope to keep sharing with you what the team has been up to. In the meantime we have made the difficult decision to postpone Magnetic Fields Festival to 2021. Whilst we would have loved nothing more than to be with you this December it has become obvious that it simply won’t be possible at any scale.
Magnetic Fields is a small independent festival. Whilst this will have a huge impact on our wider team, it will also greatly affect all the musicians, creators, tech teams, production crews, engineers and partners we work with on every level.
This, however, does give us time to grow, learn and reassess what we stand for in this day and age, so we can come back stronger in 2021. If you have any thoughts to share with us, please feel free to write to us at [email protected]
On a positive note - stay tuned for some exciting updates from our end. We will also be rolling out a whole load of video and audio content from last year’s edition over the coming weeks.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the fields.