It will be an otherworldly audiovisual experience!

The dates for Magnetic Fields Festival 2017 were announced last week as you might be aware. 15th to 17th December will be the ultimate musical rollercoaster for you, but did you think that was all?

There will be three nights of audiovisual performances featuring Actress, Sandunes and Jack Barnett at the Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan after Liverpool, and London.

Actress, Credits: TATE KUSAMA

Magnetic Fields Festival has announced their first collaboration for the year’s edition along with the artists! Different Trains 1947  is a global project that involves art bodies and innovative organizations from both the UK and India and this year will see some of the best experimental artists from the two countries!

Different Trains 1947 will see Actress from Ninja Tune (record label), Jack Barnett from the band These New Puritans collaborate with Indian music producer Sandunes, and artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard. All of them will perform a new audiovisual composition in response to the events of 1947.

Jack Barnett, Credits: WILLY VANDERPERRE

The project will be performed at three locations in 2017 starting with Liverpool in September, London in October and then at Magnetic Fields for December 15th to 17th. 2017 is the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, and to commemorate this historical milestone, what would have been better than an alliance of the aforementioned artists?

Credits: Sandunes

The performances will showcase entirely new work from the artists. Archival film footage will weave throughout the performances along with audio interviews, collected in both India and the UK, from those who lived through this dynamic period of history. A primary source of inspiration for the composers is the conceptual and formal framework of Different Trains (1988) by the minimalist composer Steve Reich.

Liverpool’s artistic laboratory Metal is partnering with London’s Warp Records, multi-arts venue Barbican Centre, and online broadcaster Boiler Room, along with Indian partners Wild City and What About Art? to bring this collaboration to life as part of the 2017 UK/India Year of Culture.

Iain Forsyth (right) and Jane Pollard (left) by Amelia Troubridge

Filmmakers and artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the directors of the celebrated Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth will be joining the critically acclaimed musicians like Jack Barnett, and Darren J. Cunningham who released his new album AZD under his moniker Actress. With them, Indian music producer Sanaya Ardeshir whose hypnotic creations are lauded for incorporating unique Asian sounds with electronica under the moniker Sandunes will leave the borders behind and keep the music, forward. “I love the idea of breathing new life into the Different Trains universe and am looking forward to building bridges between geographies and generations through the music that’s going to come from this,” reveals Ardeshir.


The short documentary by Boiler Room which captures the artists’ time in Mumbai can be viewed here!

Tickets for both UK performances will go on sale from April 20 here!

Details for Magnetic Fields will be announced soon, here!