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Featuring cutting-edge creative collaborations shot across the North East, Generator and Northern Film & Media’s Space Invasion is the culmination of one of the UK’s most ambitious Arts Council England/BBC Space projects.
Space Invasion is a special event being filmed for The Space, an experimental £2.5m digital arts initiative developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC.
The event features live performances from special guests Ghostpoet and Raj Pannu (Coldcut) – plus sets from The Tipping Point artists Lulu James, and Jethro Fox. Presented by Hal Branson and brought to you by Generator and Northern Film & Media and featuring screenings of works by SBTRKT, Lanterns on the Lake ft. Novak Collective and Paul Smith (Maximo Park).
British singer and producer Ghostpoet’s Mercury Music Prize nominated debut album ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’ was released via Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label and immediately attracted plaudits from press, radio and fans alike. Support slots with Metronomy and performances at Glastonbury, Bestival and Latitude followed. Now working on his second album which is due for release next year on [PIAS] Records, Ghostpoet will bring his blend of experimental hip-hop, bittersweet lyrics and anthemic soul. Visit website
Raj Pannu (Coldcut)
Raj Pannu is one of the most respected DJs in the UK, having toured the world as the audio and audio visual DJ for Coldcut & Ninjatune, performed with and remixed Mercury Prize winning artist Talvin Singh. Raj DJs regularly and runs his own label, magazine & event company Fresh Hell. Raj will be creating a unique DJ and VJ experience featuring classic Old Grey Whistle Test performances.
Space Invasion also features screenings of:
SBTRKT – ‘Transmission’
Generator and Northern Film & Media teamed up with SBTRKT, Young Turks and XL Recordings to commission a music video for track ‘Trials of the Past’. The collaboration has produced only the third official video for the pioneering electronic artist and producer who released his debut album last year to critical acclaim and has remixed acts such as M.I.A, Modeselektor, Radiohead and Basement Jaxx.
Lanterns on the Lake – ‘Pallion’
‘Pallion’ features Lanterns on the Lake who are signed to legendary independent label Bella Union. The band and visual artists Novak Collective were commissioned and placed together by Generator and Northern Film & Media to create an audio and visual response to the Pallion Shipyard, Sunderland and to TSS Manxman (1955-2012). ‘Pallion’ tells the story of the historic vessel and once thriving shipbuilding yard. The band returns to Sage Gateshead (Hall One) on October 20th.
Paul Smith (Maximo Park) – ‘Poetic Licence’
Filmed in Newcastle’s ancient Morden Tower venue, Poetic Licence sees Maximo Park lead singer Paul Smith perform an interpretation of poet Lavinia Greenlaw’s ‘Essex Kiss’, taken from highly-acclaimed collection ‘The Casual Perfect’.