Tusk and Sage Gateshead Present

TUSK Festival 2016

Sage Two

TUSK Festival returns for its 6th edition this October, bringing its ambitious and uniquely diverse 3-day programme of genre-defying out-there and experimental international music to the North East of England.

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Now as part of a new partnership with Sage Gateshead, TUSK has a new home on the south bank of the River Tyne. The TUSK approach is as unwavering as ever, with a truly eclectic and international music menu and TUSK’s trademark slew of UK debuts plus its renowned film programme, exhibitions, talks, installations, interactions, workshops and more.

We can now reveal the full line up of this truly eclectic and international music festival. Find out more about each act by following the links, or listen here!:


In Sage Two:

RUBBER O CEMENT centres around the surreal dayglo and cardboard world of Grux from the legendary/infamous Caroliner; coming from the most bewildering back lanes of the US underground, file amongst Sun City Girls and the Residents;
• Sudanese septet THE SCORPIOS, projecting the swirling sounds of their home country with a soulful Western bent in a sound that owes as much to Detroit as to Khartoum;
• Argentina’s LOS SIQUICOS LITORALEÑOS continue the great tradition of Latin American psychedelia and unhinged alt-rock of the Americas generally, with a sound like a collision between Os Mutantes and Caroliner;
• The wild splatter of Leeds duo GUTTERSNIPE and their unhinged and uninhibited guitar and synth-fired noise rock;
SKULL MASK is Mexico’s Miguel Perez, emitting stream-of-consciousness compositions via steel-strung acoustic guitar, melding with dub and found sound interactions;
BAD@MATHS are done no justice by being described as a female improvised alt-hiphop duo and are unwittingly hilarious geniuses;

Plus, watch out for a special concourse performance from MARK CARROLL, a renowned cellist coming to the home of the Royal Northern Sinfonia with an approach owing more to Stephen O’Malley than to Bach.


In Sage Two:

• To describe Mark Gergis’ POREST project as a scathing critique of US/Middle Eastern politics might not whet your appetite but his cut n paste sampladelia and compositions are smeared with such gleeful, knowing sarcasm, it’s always an irresistible (if cynical) joy;
• The sublime Japanese chamber pop of EIKO ISHIBASHI, star of both the alt-pop and noise/improv scenes of her native Tokyo, frequent collaborator with the great Jim O’Rourke (who has produced and played on her last 4 albums) and recently released a collaboration with Japanese noise legend Merzbow;
HEN OGLEDD is the duo of alt-folk demagogue Richard Dawson and everyone’s favourite harp experimenter, Rhodri Davies, now with the added sublime electronics and voice of Newcastle’s Dawn Bothwell; new album out on Alt Vinyl just ahead of TUSK 2016;
ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS have quietly spent the last 20+ years becoming legends of the trans-Atlantic underground alongside peers such as Vibracathedral Orchestra, Sunburned Hand of the Man and Pelt. Sublime electronics and psych guitar, masters of their domain;
• Edinburgh duo USURPER bring their renowned sonic wit and verbal scrape;
BRB>VOICECOIL is longstanding local noise hero Kev Wilkinson – his rare appearances never fail to astound.

In Northern Rock Foundation Hall:

• Saying WOLFGANG VOIGT is a German techno institution could be an understatement when considering his discography and countless aliases stretch further than some peoples’ record collections. He comes to TUSK to deliver another instalment in his Rückverzauberung series of aching, delicious minimalism, accompanied by live visuals. Visual artist RACHEL LANCASTER creates a delicately evolving (and vastly projected) visual accompaniment to post-techno legend Wolfgang Voigt’s performance;
THE WIRE TALKS: Derek Walmsley, editor of The Wire magazine, will host discussions with some of the artists appearing at the festival;
TUSK FILM PROGRAMME including MARK FROSTY MCNEIL’s mini LAFMS documentary, exclusive screenings of new films by Mark Gergis, and much more;

There will also be performances from Yorkshire trio BONGOLEEROS on the Concourse and VICKY LANGAN comes to TUSK to deliver a series of small-audience performances in confined spaces as her work takes in sound, performance art, film and more.


In Sage Two:

• Jaw-dropping Javanese duo SENYAWA, who combine the folklore traditions of Indonesia, including throat-singing and instruments built from bamboo and farm tools, with an avant-garde approach to song forms that is truly bewitching;
• Los Angeles techno producer Juan Mendez aka SILENT SERVANT brings his ominous yet irresistible John Carpenter-tinged beats and atmosfears to TUSK;
FOVEA HEX, the band fronted by Irish cult folk singer Clodagh Symonds, count Brian Eno and David Lynch amongst their fans and appear as a quartet including Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound) and Michael Begg;
• US underground legend EDDY DETROIT has been everywhere, from witnessing the debut show by the Iguanas (Iggy Pop’s pre-Stooges band) to touring with the Meat Puppets and collaborating with TUSK favourites, Sun City Girls. Cult outsider rock/pop with heavy doses of folk, beat, punk and exotica;
SOLDIER GARAGE is the solo work of Tokyo’s Migiwa Shimizu, his pained, delicate voice pulled apart on the rack of eruptions bursting from his electric guitar;

In Northern Rock Foundation Hall:

YOL has been described as “a cross between an angry Phil Minton and the New Blockaders”, taking us to sonic and psychological areas we may not want to visit;
THE WIRE TALKS: Derek Walmsley, editor of The Wire magazine, will host discussions with some of the artists appearing at the festival;
• The TUSK FILM PROGRAMME including the northern premiere of Tyler Hubby’s great documentary TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT and exclusive new film footage from Hisham Mayet of Sublime Frequencies, and much more;

On the Concourse you’ll be able to take in the multinational trio VA AA LR, who will make you re-think your definitions of “music” and “musical instrument.”

Throughout the weekend we will have exhibitions of sleeve art by seminal Gateshead cassette label MATCHING HEAD and Sir Richard Bishop’s photographic travel doc CAPTURED IN ASIA Sound artist Sam Grant brings his PRIME RHYTHMS installation, a reconfigured piano generating an infinite composition via prime numbers, created in response to the work of painter James Hugonin; and FARMER GLITCH will deliver tech workshops offering sleek and affordable self-assembled noisemakers.

The line-up includes UK debuts for; Rubber O Cement, Skull Mask, Porest, Soldier Garage, Eiko Ishibashi, Eddy Detroit, and Los Siquicos Litoraleños; and North East debuts for all except Hen Ogledd, Ashtray Navigations, and Guttersnipe.

To Book The Farmer Glitch synth-making workshops visit the TUSK Website here.

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