The Sage in Gateshead is arguably one of the most influential hubs of art, music and culture in the North East. Year in and year out, they put on some of the most eclectic and eye-opening events and gigs that bring a little bit of worldliness to our region.
This year, they will be doing so in spades with their annual TUSK festival, taking place between 13th-15th October, which is set to bring the most eclectic mixture of international music to the North East. And as a music and culture magazine, we just have to talk about it.
A quick browse through TUSK’s YouTube page will allow you to witness a deluge of weird and wonderful talent from the previous years. Acts such as Yol, Mark Carrol and Ashtray Navigations have graced the stage in the past, each one with an identity as unique as you could possibly imagine. They manage to take visitors on a journey of new sensations while packaging it in the much-loved art festival format that many of us are used to.
This year is set to be even more transcendent than previous years, with acts across the world coming to Gateshead to showcase their phenomenal talent.
Despite the festival being in its seventh year, this time around festival-goers will bear witness to the very first performance of the Swedish punk schlock band, Brainbombs – a band known for their ferocious and honest pieces that don’t pull any punches. I’m listening to their album ‘Obey’ for inspiration while writing this and I must say, I’m strangely addicted to their harsh and visceral music – it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Beatrice Dillon, a London-based artist and resident at the NTS, will be making an appearance with a live set of experimental techno music; it’s sure to be a transformative set that will transfix you and relax you all at the same time.
London singer, Klein, will be representing the urban music scene with her set. Her sound is unmistakable yet transforms into something that begs to be listened to with intent. If you’re a fan of gospel and soulful music then this is an artist you really won’t want to miss.
From the urban to the downright weird. Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet is an act so obscure and wonderful that they must be seen to be believed: I merely scratched the service with a quick YouTube search and I was both scared and fascinated at the same time.
In another UK first, Russian post-folk group Starata Derevnya will be performing on British soil for the first time. Their sound is jarring and to be able to see it live will be a very interesting way to spend your evening indeed.
So if you’re interested in being weirded out for a full day then make your way to TUSK Festival at Sage, Gateshead.
If you want to attend the festival, weekend tickets are set at a very reasonable £60.00. If you don’t think that a whole two-day festival is for you, or if you just want to see a few certain acts, day tickets are also available. If you consider the scope of the event, and what it’s trying to achieve by bringing all these diverse acts to one place, I would say it’s very much worth the price.
TUSK Festival takes place between Friday 13th and Sunday 15th October.
For further information, and to book your tickets, head to sagegateshead.com now where you can also find out more about the wide range of acts playing across the entire weekend.