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TUSK Virtual 2020

Posted on: March 20th, 2021 by Lee

Plague descends and a new approach is required, so TUSK Festival 2020 becomes TUSK Virtual 2020 – 14 days and over 150 hours of output, reaching over 12,000 unique viewers internationally – the dawn of a new era?

TUSK Editions

Posted on: February 17th, 2021 by Lee

April also sees us launch TUSK Editions, a monthly digital publication that merges the old school record club idea with the current evolution of digital publishing and music releasing in the age of Covid/Brexit. TUSK Editions will launch with the first collaborative album by renowned Tyneside electronic producers Stephen Bishop (Opal Tapes) and Mariam Rezaei, an exclusive archival live recording from the legendary Jim O’Rourke, an intercontinental mix from the Hive Mind Records label.

Over 2 hours of exclusive digital music releases are accompanied by a 42-page full-colour digital magazine led by Stewart Smith’s 5000-word interview with the legendary William Parker , lockdown thoughts from our first TUSK TV host Jennifer Lucy Allan and more.

TUSK Editions#1 is now available for pre-order here

**TUSK Editions will cost £10 monthly – those joining our membership scheme will find it automatically in their inbox on the first Friday of each month.



Posted on: February 17th, 2021 by Lee

TUSK TV April 2021 Replay from Tusk Festival on Vimeo.

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On April 2, we launch TUSK TV featuring all the diverse international musical brilliance you’d expect from us in one potent monthly microdose. This first show is just over 4 hours long and totally free to view, repeated on a 12hour delay again to maximize overseas view-ability and then added to our online archive.

Featuring in Episode 1, presented by writer/presenter Jennifer Lucy Allan (BBC Radio3 etc) will be free jazz hero William Parker, US rapper Nappy Nina, Italian percussionist Valentina Magaletti and Norwegian skronk supergroup SPUNK.

The show will also feature William Parker in conversation with Stewart Smith, Maja and Kristin from SPUNK in conversation with Joe Murray; and Mariam Rezaei talking about Veil, her first duo album with Opal Tapes‘ Stephen Bishop.

A regular feature of TUSK TV will be Giant Tank’s Pot Luck, where Ali and Collette Robertson of the Edinburgh label lure two musicians/noisemakers into a ‘blind collaboration’ – this month they bring together Greg Kelley (in Boston, Mass) and Joyce Whitchurch (in Newcastle).

And we are also delighted to present the film Marshlands by Canadian artist and sound-maker Chik White, plus an exclusive video mix by the great Hive Mind label.

All free to view via this site from 8pm UK on Friday 2 April.


Posted on: February 17th, 2021 by Lee

Unprecedented times, eh? Music and how it, its creators and presenters work is, like everyone else, adapting to unprecedented challenges. So we’re launching TUSK TV, TUSK Editions and we’re launching our first Membership scheme.

This is our response to the Covid/Brexit double-headed hydra. This is how we hope to survive it.

In this world of shifting sands and unpredictable tides, we invite our audience to become TUSK members. From as little at £7 monthly, supporters will receive the monthly TUSK Editions direct to their inbox and other occasional treats and freebies.

Please sign up here and from April 2 you will receive the monthly issues of TUSK Editions and help us to keep doing what we do – www.patreon.com/TUSKmusic



Posted on: March 29th, 2021 by Lee

Huge thanks to our sponsors who made this first month of TUSK TV and TUSK Editions possible.

If you’d like to sponsor our work, please contact Lee at tuskmusic1@gmail.com


Posted on: October 30th, 2019 by Lee

Another seismic progression for TUSK Festival in 2019 – two Hall One shows (Moor Mother X LCO and Magma), a real feeling that Sage is now home and that TUSK takes it over for the weekend, cult figures Jandek and The Necks, a weekend of amazing human voices (The Rolling Calf, Audrey Chen, Sonic Bothy, Grupi Lab), our film programme and TUSK Fringe continuing to bloom wildly, more strings (with Mariam Rezaei&Lasse Marhaug), more participatory performance (Farmer Glitch with students from Sage), our first collaboration with London Contemporary Orchestra, a Lasse Marhaug projected exhibition, the Harry Bertoia installation, Abul Mogard stepping in at the last minute as Eleh sadly had to cancel, and a real buzz reverberating through the whole building all weekend. Number 9…


Posted on: December 29th, 2018 by Lee

TUSK in 2018 took some notable steps towards a more expansive festival experience, slowly spreading our tendrils through the whole wonderful Sage building for our 3rd edition there. So we had minimal master Terry Riley and his son Gyan in the hallowed Hall One, the room suitably warmed by Bradford’s great Hameed Brothers, and Lea Bertucci’s earthquaking multi-speaker bass piece all over the concourse, with the main programme switching between Hall 2 and Northern Rock Foundation Hall. And so many great highlights to the weekend – Otomo Yoshihide playing turntables and guitar like only he can, Robert Ridley-Shackleton splitting our sides, Sarah Davachi seeming to cause the earth to pause in its rotation, and a whole shedload more magic. We tried to subtly step things up a bit this year and it felt like it worked, which is nice..


Posted on: October 29th, 2017 by Lee

Year 2 at Sage and it feels like we’ve made it our home now. Brainbombs’ first UK show and Nurse With Wound grabbed the headlines and we had Klein, Beatrice Dillon, Staraya Derevnya, Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet, Duncan Harrison and much more, including the implosion of Midwich and a transcendent performance from United Bible Studies. The Old Police House had its final blowout, CIRCA Projects opened the weekend with Festival Is Sudden at Shipley Art Gallery and we produced the Club Ponderosa exhibition in collaboration with Workplace Gallery.


Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by Lee

For the first time we re-locate to the South banks of the Tyne and Sage Gateshead. A solid bill featuring artists from Mexico, Argentina, Indonesia, Japan, Germany and elsewhere. Rubber O Cement confound, Los Siquicos Litoraleños bewilder, Fovea Hex charm, Ashtray Navigations amaze, Guttersnipe tear beautiful holes in our faces and Senyawa are beyond description. Cast iron programming at Sage (also featuring Wolfgang Voigt accompanied by Rachel Lancaster’s visuals, VA AA LR’s roaming electrical performance, Sam Grant’s Prime Rhythm’s installation and Matching Head and Sir Richard Bishop exhibitions and much more) is matched by a wealth of action at the growing TUSK Fringe, with major blowouts at both the Soundroom and the Old Police House.


Posted on: October 24th, 2015 by Lee

2015 sees TUSK change location to Gateshead Old Town Hall, the added additions of BALTIC’s monster sound system and Sage’s top lighting tech meaning we soon settle in and make it feel like home. Another killer line-up helps, of course, plus Ali Robertson and Malcy Duff’s japes in the venue’s old cells and fringe events at the neighbouring Old Police House plus the Adam Bohman Exhibtion at New Bridge Books. Hard to choose stand-outs from an ace bill but Aaron Dilloway blew a lot of people away, Rob Millis’ film presentation was totally transporting and Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band tattooed ecstatic grins to our faces that are only now fading.