The TUSK Festival – a celebration of “unclassifiable music” – takes place in Newcastle upon Tyne on October 7-9.

Hype Williams (pictured), soon to drop a Hyperdub 12″ and doubtless still reeling from the success of their recent One Nation LP, have just been added to the line-up, along with Rhys Chatham, who’ll be performing his seminal Guitar Trio 2 with an orchestra of notable shredders, plus Cath & Phil Tyler and Vincent Epplay & Simon Takahashi.

They join what was already a very tasty line-up, tasty enough for us to be contemplating a trek up north. Ex-Harry Pussy member Bill Orcutt, whose electrifying A New Way To Pay Old Debts was recently issued on CD by Editions Mego, is on board, as are Alan Bishop’s Alvarius B, Natural Snow Buildings, Hiss Golden Messenger, Bong and Oregon synth charmer Pulse Emitter.

The festival takes place at the Cluny and Star & Shadow venues, and the many live performances in the schedule will be supplemented with talks and other events. More details to come, but in the meantime keep your eye on, where you’ll also find tickets – including weekend passes priced at a very reasonable £30.





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