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New artists added to TUSK 2019 Line-Up

Posted on 23 August 2019


TUSK Festival returns for its 9th edition this October, once again bringing its uniquely diverse programme of adventurous international music to the North East of England.

Following earlier spectacular line-up announcement for TUSK 2019 – that included uncategorisable French legends MAGMA playing only one of two 2019 UK shows at TUSK to celebrate their 50 years, Afro-futurost rapper and poet MOOR MOTHER in a brand new collaboration with LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA, and sublime Australian trio THE NECKS – TUSK Festival now announces its final 8 live acts to this year’s line-up, with news of the festival’s renowned film programme, exhibitions, talks, installations, interactions and more still to come.

  • JANDEK, the from name behind which the enigmatic cult Texan rumoured to be named Sterling Smith generates a mile-long discography and ultra-rare live performances
  • THE ROLLING CALF, the black power trio led by the vocals of Elaine Mitchener with improvised bass and sax woven around revolutionary texts;
  • KA BAIRD, NYC-based multi-instrumentalist creating disorienting, folk-tinged towers of ecstatic minimalism via labels including Drag City and RVNG Intl
  • ERNIE K FEGG who, along with his drummer Al, tips his deranged hat to sweet Gene Vincent and is happy to be described as “incompetent and talentless rocknrolls from the Burselm”
  • LUKE POOT, much-loved sound poet, improvisor and collaborator with Phil Minton, Dylan Nyoukis and more, now expanding his ambitions to something a little more alt-operatic
  • The seductive scrape and blurt of viola duo SWISS BARNS, the collaboration of Jorge Boehringer (Core Of the Coalman) and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh (Woven Skull etc)
  • FARMER GLITCH, West-country mad professor and member of Hacker Farm leading a synth-building workshop that develops into a live performance
  • SHUNYATA IMPROVISATION GROUP, Tyneside’s super-sparse slo-mo monolith diving into a 3-hour afternoon set with divine interventions from Johann Wlight, who also appears solo elsewhere in the programme

These 8 great additions join the live acts already announced for TUSK 2019:

  • Legendary French band MAGMA, performing in Sage One in one of only two UK shows this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary – “truly from another planet” (Julian Cope)
  • Electronic music artist and poet MOOR MOTHER and LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA (soundtrackers of countless films by Paul Thomas Anderson and more) premier their new collaboration, first proposed by TUSK and touring after its TUSK premiere
  • The utterly peerless THE NECKS, “the greatest trio on earth” (New York Times), 3 Australians creating completely transcendental improvisations using only piano, drums and upright bass for over 30 years;
  • AUDREY CHEN, the revered Taiwanese-American musician using cello, voice and electronics
  • ELEH, the US analog synthesist creating elevating psychic bliss with a sound like Pandit Pran Nath trapped in circuit boards
  • Sublime Swedish minimalist and student of LaMonte Young, ELLEN ARKBRO, performing a free opening concert for TUSK 2019 on Newcastle University’s Kings Hall pipe organ;
  • LASSE MARHAUG & MARIAM REZAEI, a new collaboration by the Norwegian noise artist and Newcastle’s composer and performer, featuring 4 turntables and a string quartet
  • CEYLON MANGE, the trio of UK underground veterans Karen Constance and Dylan Nyoukis with Bill Nace, best known as half of Body/Head with Kim Gordon
  • From Phoenix, Arizona, SUNN TRIO’s sound merges elements of Arabic guitars, free jazz and experimental rock
  • Albanian isopolyphonic vocal group GRUPI LAB, whose multi-part lead vocals soar above a profound bedrock of human drone
  • From Wales, JOHANN WLIGHT brings his achingly delicate musical organisms for an ultra-rare live appearance
  • Glasgow’s SONIC BOTHY, the group of musicians with and without additional learning support needs whose great new album Fields deftly explores improvisation with a diversity of instruments and sounds
  • Newcastle duo ACRID LACTATIONS bring their unfiltered utterances and spontaneous concrète to TUSK
  • Post-minimalist electro-acoustic group MIR8 add Tyneside’s Faye McCalman to their line-up for their North East debut
  • And MONDO SADISTS, the Newcastle trio bringing their “carnival music for creeps” to TUSK 2019.

And still to be announced, our renowned film programme, talks, exhibitions, workshops and more and raucous after hours actions and exhibitions courtesy of The Old Police House.

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 2019 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.

TUSK Festival is renowned as one of the UK’s most adventurous music festivals. The Guardian described it as “a multisensory showcase of sonic adventures” while The Quietus described it as “One of the finest – and friendliest – expressions of underground and experimental music culture in these islands”.

Pick up your TUSK Festival tickets here.