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Tusk Festival Returns To Sage Gateshead With Exhilarating Line Up

Posted on 11 September 2017

TUSK Festival returns for its 7th iteration this October 13th – 15th, once again bringing its uniquely diverse programme of adventurous international music to the North East of England.

Continuing its partnership with Sage Gateshead, TUSK again makes full use of the landmark building, its flexible public spaces and truly high-end production values to showcase a TUSK 2017 line-up that is as unwavering as ever.

Once more, alongside a truly eclectic and international music menu and TUSK’s trademark slew of UK debuts, festival goers can again enjoy the festival’s renowned film programme, exhibtions, talks, installations, interactions and more, all curated to inspire the musically curious.

The announcements for TUSK 2017 are typically genre transcendent, offering festival goers a unique opportunity to broaden their musical horizons whilst enjoying a rip-roaring festival experience. The line up so far includes:


  • Legendary UK avant garde explorers NURSE WITH WOUND in a very rare Northern appearance
  • Swedish punk schlock legends BRAINBOMBS, renowned for their vitriol and vision, performing their first ever UK show
  • UK techno experimenter BEATRICE DILLON who makes music that sounds both everyday yet utterly transformative
  • Irish folk musician BRIGID MAE POWER, summoning the spirits of Tim Buckley and Anne Briggs
  • The mangled yet silken metropolitan hiphop cityscape sound of KLEIN, who has a new record out on the legendary electronica label Hyperdub
  • The frankly fantastical and occasionally disturbing world of enigmatic Californian duo HANS GRUSEL’S KRANKENKABINET
  • KINK GONG, the French field recordist who uses sounds captured in South East Asia and elsewhere and manipulates and interacts with them in ways that make them truly psychologically displacing and psychedelic
  • ÈLG, sound manipulator, occasional collaborator with Ghedalia Tazartes and TUSK favourite Alan Bishop and producer of occasionally serene, (and occasionally manic) soundscapes
  • Peerless Russian post-folk collective STARAYA DEREVNYA, perfoming in the UK for the first time
  • SHAREHOLDER, the Edinburgh group that sound like Dead C and The Fall had a baby.
  • ARCHIPELAGO, the Newcastle-based free jazz trio currently beginning to get a lot of attention further afield

As well as 3 days of TUSK’s unique and famously diverse live music programme, the festival will also include films, talks and more, as well as afterhours action and exhibitions at The Old Police House, Workplace Gallery and Shipley Art Gallery.

Tickets are on sale now, with full weekend passes at £55, and day tickets at £20.

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