A new family festival of music, art and play is coming to Newcastle and Gateshead this week.
Taking place between 15 – 17 February, MAPS is a brand new three-day festival exploring music, art and play aimed at children and their grown-ups. The fun, unexpected programme is packed to the brim with immersive art experiences, gigs and workshops playfully presented in an array of spaces and places.
MAPS Festival will bring a wide breadth of high-quality cultural activity to families without censorship or limitations, to provide a programme that parents and children will enjoy in equal measure. Across the three days, you’ll find Cosmic Space Raves, Viz for Kids, a live podcast recording, family friendly gigs, a playscape, a cat clay social featuring Cat DJs, beatbox sessions and much more!
Here are some of the highlights:
Warm Digits Gig
Set to be a sensory explosion for the eyes, ears and mind this very special dynamite early evening gig will have you and your little ones spinning with delight. Warm Digits are a duo from Manchester and Newcastle, making instrumental electronic music with live drums and guitars. Their acclaimed multi-sensory live shows and two albums have made them one of the Newcastle’s top underground bands and they’ve won celebrity endorsements from the likes of Andrew Weatherall and Bernard Butler, as well as BBC 6music. Before the gig, take part in a unique, messy filmmaking experience where you’ll make visuals for the show. Organisers will be scratching, staining and painting 16mm film to create some magical, mind-blowing, abstract visuals that will be projected live.
A true innovator, Leafcutter John’s live show is centred around the use of the Light Interface, a self-built contraption allowing him to perform gesturally using a variety of hand-held LEDs such as bike lights, torches and fidget spinners! Made up of 16 light-sensitive resistors, the software creates sounds triggered by the changing lights. John is a key member of twice Mercury Music Prize nominated band, Polar Bear and has played with Nick Cave, Grace Jones, Jarvis Cocker, Imogen Heap and many more.
The Hoovering Podcast: Live
Join The Guilty Feminist’s Jess Fostekew for a live recording of her Hoovering Podcast. Jess will be joined by a panel of celebrity guests for some eating, discussing eating and being very funny in the meantime. Jess’ podcast has had nearly half a million downloads in its first 10 months and she’s interviewed HUGE star-guests like Jack Monroe, James Acaster, Simon Rimmer and Rachel Riley.
Henge + Bonkers Costume Workshop
MAPS Festival will end in style with a cosmic space rave with Henge. Set to be an interstellar delight, Henge have built a reputation for incredible live shows. The gig will be preceded by a cosmic costume workshop where you can craft your own outfit suitable for an intergalactic mission, visit the face paint bar, and shower in glitter before limbering up for a gig you will not want to miss!
Many venues will play host to the inaugural festival including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Caedmon Hall, Tyneside Cinema Pop Up, Star and Shadow Cinema, Cobalt Studios, and Gosforth Civic Theatre.
The full programme can be seen at www.mapsfestival.co.uk.