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Music Editorial

tusk19.jpg Forget what you know…

The awesome TUSK Festival returns to Sage Gateshead in October with the kind of line-up that will blow your esoteric socks off.

Is there any other festival in the UK that consistently delivers the kind of leftfield thrills that TUSK does? We are so lucky to have it here in the north-east and, once again, they’ve lassoed together a line-up packing real heat. I’m talking Magma (pictured). This legendary French band have been redefining the term “unclassifiable” since 1969 but it’s kind of instructive to know that they sing in their own invented language. Imagine! Julian Cope described them as “truly from another planet”, which is some tribute coming from someone like him. Elsewhere on the bill cop a load of Moor Mother X LCO (a collaboration between the Afro-futurist rapper and the London Contemporary Orchestra), Jandek (lonely, angular, electrical angst from this Texan), The Necks (a jazz trio who throw all the pieces in the air), Ellen Arkbro (a Swede known for inducing states of benign delirium – she’ll be at Newcastle University’s Kings Hall where they have the kind of organ she can truly set about) and Eleh (think: ultra-minimal analogue tone pieces). The above is just skimming the surface of the delights on offer this year. Visit their website to plunge deeper into some truly experimental waters.

TUSK Festival, Friday 11-Sunday 13 October, Sage Gateshead. tuskfestival.com