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TUSK Festival - Full Line-up Announced!

Posted on 9 July 2018

TUSK Festival returns for its 8th edition this October, once again bringing its uniquely diverse programme of adventurous international music to the North East of England.

Continuing its partnership with Sage Gateshead, TUSK this year expands to make full use of the landmark building, its flexible public spaces and truly high-end production values to showcase a TUSK 2018 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, exhibitions, talks, installations, interactions and more.

Following TUSK’s jaw-dropping line-up announcements so far, that include the godfather of minimalism Terry Riley; Japanese avant garde hero Otomo Yoshihide; Blondie and Ramones producer and creator of his own classic electronica Craig Leon, and many more, with over 20 acts from 8 countries now announced and diverse musical traditions further cementing it’s reputation as the UK’s most adventurous music festival. And we are still yet to announce details of our renowned film programme, talks, exhibitions, workshops, fringe activity and more.

The 10 live acts we are now announcing to complete our live line-up for TUSK Festival 2018 are:

  • New York musician and sound artist LEA BERTUCCI, who will perform a live set and also bring her surround sound piece Double Bass Crossfade for two improvising upright bass players for a free-to-all performance on the Sage concourse;
  • Two unassuming stars of the UK’s experimental underground in a rare duo collaboration, ADAM BOHMAN & LEE PATTERSON
  • RAJASTHAN LIVE CINEMA, a disorienting audio-visual journey through the sights and sounds of an Indian camel fair in the holy town of Pushkar, remixed and manipulated live by Seb Bassleer and Maarten van der Glas.
  • South London’s producer of alien electronics, DALE CORNISH
  • Baltimorean drone/noise/improv artist MARLO EGGPLANT
  • Manchester quartet HISTORICALLY F**KED, improvising songs to dismantle and then destroy them
  • A Potteries duo with fingers in so many of the ‘no audience underground’s pies coming together in their rarely seen duo, SABOTEUSE
  • Incomparable instant composer/songsmith/poet and self declare Cardboard Prince, ROBERT RIDLEY-SHACKLETON
  • Newcastle sound artist PINNEL creating “vocal soundscapes” using live looping and snatched throaty emissions
  • Welsh musician Ash Cooke performing his response to a mail art project emerging from Nurse With Wound’s set at last year’s TUSK under his monicker CHOW MWNG

These 10 acts join the 12 already announced to complete another uniquely diverse and international TUSK Festival line-up:

  • The godfather of Minimalism legend TERRY RILEY makes a very rare UK appearance in a duo with his son Gyan
  • Tokyo’s hero of noise, improv and, now, Japanese TV and film soundtracks, OTOMO YOSHIHIDE, who will perform solo and in a first-time collaboration with Konstrukt
  • Producer of albums by Blondie, Suicide, The Fall and more and whose orchestral works have been performed by Pavarotti and others, CRAIG LEON performs his classic electronica suite Nommos complete with string quartet
  • New York duo 75 DOLLAR BILL make a rare UK appearance with their big city desert rock
  • Producer of what may prove to be the UK’s leftfield album of the year, CHAINES shares soundworlds with latterday Scott Walker, Fever Ray and UK producer Klein to create a vey unique sonic persona
  • MAÂLEM HOUSSAM GANIA & THE GNAWA OF ESSAOUIRA are in great demand in their native Morocco as leading purveyors of the music of the North African Gnawa culture and for performances at Lila trance ceremonies
  • Blazing US free jazz quintet fronted by Philadelphian Afro-futurist poet and rapper Moor Mother, IRREVERSIBLE ENTANGLEMENTS
  • Legendary figure of the German avant garde, instrument builder and improvisor LIMPE FUCHS
  • LUCY RAILTON, a UK musician working at the fork of 3 musical roads: classical instrumentalism, improvisation and hard edged electronic music
  • KONSTRUKT, the Turkish alt-jazz collective who have collaborated with Keiji Haino, Thurston Moore, William Parker and many more
  • Montreal’s renowned synth and drone experimenter SARAH DAVACHI
  • Eternal UK underground stalwarts and mental health survivors CERAMIC HOBS

Full weekend passes are on sale now; a limited edition of Early Birds sold out in record time. Terry Riley & Gyan Riley plus Maâlem Houssam Gania & The Gnawa of Essaouira will perform in Sage’s iconic Hall One space and tickets just for that show are on sale now priced at £21.80. (Weekend pass holders also see these performances, of course).

We also offer free entry to our exhibitions (at Sage Gateshead and Workplace Gallery) and to our increasingly renowned film programme and the performance of Lea Bertucci’s Double Bass Crossfade will take place on the venue concourse on Sunday evening directly preceding the Terry Riley & Gyan Riley show and open to both ticket buyers and the general public.

Details of our renowned film programme will be announced in August and will include a band new documentary on a legend of free jazz, the above-mentioned Rajasthan Live Cinema and much more.

Our exhibitions – at Workplace Gallery and at Sage Gateshead – will be announced in September as will details of the ever-growing TUSK Fringe presented by The Old Police House.

Full weekend passes are on sale now at £70. Tickets for Terry Riley & Gyan Riley plus Maâlem Houssam Gania & The Gnawa of Essaouira in Hall One are now on sale at £21.80. (Holders of weekend and Sunday day passes also see this show).

Day tickets will go on sale in early September.


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