TUSK Festival – one of our favourite urban micro-festival’s is only three weeks away

The impeccably curated micro “noise and beyond” festival TUSK is set to launch it’s fourth edition on 10th October in Newcastle, and with the roll call of artists taking part now complete it’s looking like this years Tusk is going to be one of the best ever. Read on for full details about the excellent lineup.

The annual TUSK Festival has been bringing a handpicked crop of exciting, cross-spectrum, international acts to the North-East of England ever since its first edition in 2011. It’s based at the Star & Shadow, “Newcastle’s best-loved underground music venue and cinema” and this year, as ever, it’s featuring a whole host of some of the world’s most innovative artists.

As Louder Than War readers will know this year TUSK branched out to include a Springtime edition as well, one which we sent our man Paul Margree along too (review here) who described it as being home to “a frazzlyingly eclectic but always brilliant roster of underground-psych-drone-noise-rock acts from across the world”. While there he got into conversation with a Tusk regular who said about the guys who put the festival together:

“The people who organise it, they’re amazing,” he said “they do it purely for love. They’d do it even if there was no one else here.”

You can read an interview with those guys on Louder Than War here.

Which brings us to this year’s jamboree which showcases “three days of groundbreaking music, engaging discussion and late night hi-jinks” which “all make for the most genuinely warm, intimate and carefully-programmed urban festival environment you’ll find in the UK.”

Early announcements included the incredible E.E.K & Islam Chipsy, Irshad Ali Qawwali Party, Hijokaidan, Borbetomagus, Norbert Möslang, Jahilliya Fields, Phillip Jeck, Laura Cannell, Thought Broadcast, Aine O’ Dwyer, a new installation from Mark Fell and an exhibition of the papercut artworks of Jad Fair.

More recently they’ve added a rare show from Newcastle’s discreet sonic revolutionists :zoviet*france, Caucasus-based saz player and folk poetry recitalist Asiq Nargile, intimately expressive and generically restless Illinois duo Spires That In The Sunset Rise, the sparse, painstakingly arranged serenity from Elodie, the duo of Andrew Chalk and Timo Van Luijk, expanded to a quartet for TUSK with the addition of Jean-Noel Rebilly and Tom James Scott, tribalist-modernists and magical-ritual-cerebral drone zone inhabitants Half High, featuring Matthew P Hopkins from the Penultimate Press stable, plus the usual high-grade smattering of local acts including Smut, Girl Sweat, RE/CEPTOR and Charles Dexter Ward.

On top of the above TUSK extra comes in the form of a daily series of up-close- and-intense micro-shows for audience of 10 or so people at a time, happening across the road from the Star & Shadow at Blank Studios and featuring the extreme Japanese vocal attack of Junko, who also plays the main festival programme with her band Hijokaidan.

The full lineup…

  • Borbetomagus
  • Hijokaidan
  • E.E.K. Feat. Islam Chipsy
  • Elodie
  • :Zoviet*france:
  • Philip Jeck
  • Norbert Moslang
  • Half High
  • Asiq Nargile
  • Jahiliyya Fields
  • Spires That In The Sunset Rise
  • Irshad Ali Qawwali Party
  • Junko
  • Hatsune Kaidan
  • Smut
  • Re/ceptor
  • Aine O’dwyer
  • Pascal Nichols
  • Thought Broadcast
  • Laura Cannell
  • Charles Dexter Ward
  • Girl Sweat
  • Mark Fell Installation
  • Andrew Chalk/jad Fair Exhibition

The nitty gritty:

  • Dates: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th October 2014.
  • Location: Star & Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 2NP
  • Ticket info: Weekend tickets: £45 plus booking fee. Enhanced ticket (includes pre-order of live vinyl album of Ambarchi/Campbell/Flower’s live set from TUSK Festival 2013): £55 plus booking fee.
  • Ticket links: tuskfestival.com/buy-tickets AND wegottickets.com/f/8062.
  • TUSK Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/tusk-festival.

The festival’s all over the internet too, tuskmusic.co.uktuskfestival.com, on Facebook and twitter: @tusk_music.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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