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.
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.
The line-up for TUSK Festival 2019 is:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The utterly peerless THE NECKS, “the greatest trio on earth” (New York Times), three Australians creating completely transcendental improvisations using only piano, drums and upright bass for more than 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
- LASSE MARHAUG & MARIAM REZAEI, a new collaboration by the Norwegian noise artist and Newcastle’s composer and performer, featuring four turntables and a string quartet
- 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
- MONDO SADISTS, the Newcastle trio bringing their “carnival music for creeps” to TUSK 2019.
- 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, improviser 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
Many more acts still to be announced, plus films, talks, exhibitions, workshops and more and after hours actions and exhibitions at The Old Police House and Workplace Gallery.