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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?


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.


Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by Lee

2014 was the 4th and most expansive TUSK Festival yet, with the usual intense rollercoaster of 3 days live music, films and more at the Star & Shadow complemented by Mark Fell’s Time As Articulated Space installation in Newcastle’s historic Victoria Tunnel, the Andrew Chalk/Jad Fair exhibition at the Holy Biscuit and Aine O’Dwyer’s church organ concert at St John the Baptist church.

The live line-up was more diverse than ever too, with artists from the US, Georgia, Egypt, India, Japan, Australia, Switzerland and the UK. Too many highlights to mention but the incredible reception for Asiq Nargile, E.E.K. sending everyone into total frenzy, Hijokaidan’s blistering performance, the irresistible joy of Irshad Ali Qawwali Party and the weekend climaxing with a Borbetomagus/Norbert Moslang/Hijokidan explosion are all up there with a pile of great memories.

We streamed the whole live programme too, gathering many more hours audiovisual gold for our archive section. This festival is going to be a hard one to follow..

2014 TUSK Mini

Posted on: July 13th, 2014 by Lee

A one-day version of TUSK and our first foray into live streaming. All the challenging aural pleasures and filmic genius of the usual 3-dayer, with a truly ear-bleeding set from Annihilating Light, first UK shows for Torturing Nurse and No Balls, Richard Pinhas in conversation and live (first UK show for 30 years), and much more, not least the relentlessly insane genius of the infamous Bongoleeros.


Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by TuskAdmin

They say 3 is the magic number and it all came together pretty magically for the 3rd TUSK. Incredible trio performance from Ambarchi/Campbell/Flower that led to our second album release, devastating rock action from Endless Boogie, an amazing multi-drummer performance of Mike Pride’s Drummer’s Corpse, a Noize Choir workshop leading to a live performance, 4 fantastic exhibitions, more mind-melting film programming and much more.

TUSK lovers again showed their adoration of anything Japanese and excruciatingly loud as ENDON and Blackphone666 were received ecstatically (to put it mildly), The Wire Talks featured Neil Campbell and Hacker Farm and a surprise Richard Dawson set was the icing on the cake.


Posted on: June 6th, 2013 by TuskAdmin

Year Zero for TUSK Festival and we start as we mean to go on, concentrating on people whose music we love but who don’t play in these parts nearly enough. Spread across two venues, so many highlights its hard to choose, but Rhys Chatham’s ecstatic face during the performance of his Guitar Trio with 9 guitars, drums and bass is definitely up there along with the devastating debut of secret supergroup BOC (Alan Bishop, Bill Orcutt, Chris Corsano). So great to expose the world to the North East’s musical treasures too.

And the BOC set taught us a very valuable lesson for all future TUSK Festivals – record everything!