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Metal is delighted to announce, Trackbed – a new composition and sound installation developed by electronic music duo Darkstar, in collaboration with Harthill Youth Centre in Wavertree.

This experimental work will be presented as an interactive sound installation at Edge Hill Station this September, and as a live music performance premiering at Edge Hill in Liverpool on 27 September 2017, before touring to the Barbican Centre in London.

The installation and final composition will be the outcome of several residencies Darkstar have run at Harthill Youth Centre and Edge Hill, with the aim of encouraging young people to talk about the issues they face: from migration and Brexit, to music, family and community. A short film by Cieron Magat is also being commissioned alongside the project as part of the installation and live performance.

The project is part of our young arts programme in conjunction with Different Trains 1947, an exploration of the UK and India's shared history, a story that is also marked by the themes of migration, home and heritage.

The installation will launch with a special event on 5 September featuring a talk from Darkstar along with a Q+A featuring the duo and the staff of Harthill Community Centre. The event is FREE but booking is essential: click here to book your free tickets.





5 September, 6PM 

The installation will launch with a special event on 5 September featuring a talk from Darkstar along with a Q+A featuring the duo and the staff of Harthill Community Centre. The event is FREE but booking is essential: click here to book your free tickets.


6 to 21 September

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11am - 7pm

Directions to Edge Hill

Edge Hill Station is one stop from Liverpool’s mainline station, Lime Street.  Step off the train straight into Metal’s buildings on Platform One.  Trains run approx. 4 every hour.

Buses No. 26 and 27 run to Tunnel Road.  No. 14, 61, 78, 79, 79c and 79d run to Wavertree Road from Queens Square Bus Station.

Up to date travel information can be found at www.merseytravel.gov.uk.

There is limited free parking available on the cobbled approach leading to the station.

Download directions here


Installation address: 

Accumulation Tower, Metal, 

Edge Hill Station 

Tunnel Road, L7 6ND

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Partners & Supporters



Since their early dancefloor 12”s on Hyperdub from 2008 and through two vocal-led albums in 2010 (‘North’) and 2013 (‘News From Nowhere’), Darkstar have been an influential force in the UK’s electronic scene.  

Following collaborations with the likes of Actress, Wild Beasts and Zomby they released their third album Foam Island, to critical acclaim in 2015 on Warp Records.  

Darkstar have recently collaborated with Empress Of (XL) and Gaika (Warp), choreographer Holly Blakey (Florence and The Machine / Young Fathers) and scored the Palm d’Or nominated short film Dreamlands. 


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Harthill Youth Centre is a hub of services and resources for the local community and beyond. It is about enabling individuals and groups to define their own community and decide their own identities. 

Harthill Youth Centre works primarily to deliver informal education programmes with the 13-19 age range. This is done in a number of ways, utilising Youth Work / Informal Education methodologies and ethos. A large proportion of Harthill's users can be categorised as ‘at risk’ from a raft of economic social and cultural factors.  

Harthill works in partnership with SALT,  Liverpool Rehearsal Spaces Project, Liverpool Targeted Youth Support Service, Liverpool Splice Project Liverpool Arabic Centre



Director/Photographer based in London who has spent the last 6 years documenting international youth culture and collaborating with a diverse range of young people internationally via various joint ventures and commissions. His work aims to celebrate youth culture In the UK and give voice to young people who are traditionally unengaged with established institutions focusing on themes of identity, representation and what it means to be British.



Supported by Northern

Northern plays a vital role in the north of England by connecting tens of thousands of people to work, leisure, education and more every day.

Arriva Rail North Limited, became the new rail operator for Northern on 1 April 2016, marking the start of a nine-year franchise that will transform travel through a £1billion investment in the largest rail network outside London.'


schools visits

Metal would like to invite local schools to experience the Trackbed installation and project themes through workshops delivered by Metal staff. The proposed sessions will focus on music, creativity and digital arts working across key aspects of the National Curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4.

National Curriculum for Key Stages 3 (years 8 and 9–English, Art and Design, Citizenship) and 4 (years 10 and 11–English, Citizenship, Design and Technology, Geography, History).

To arrange a school visit, or if you would like further information, please contact Gabriela Silva: gabriela@metalculture.com / 0151 707 2277

trackbed playlist

Here you will find the files made by Drakstar with Harthill Youth Centre young people!

Hello, World!