“Multi-sensory showcase of sonic adventures,”  Newcastle’s internationally renowned TUSK Festival emerges from the dawn of a second year-like-no-other with plans that take it’s work into exciting new areas and guarantee TUSK’s usual annual avalanche of amazing new music regardless of the impact of the plague.

Music and how it, its creators and presenters work is, like everyone else, adapting to unprecedented challenges. This is our response to the Covid/Brexit double-headed hydra. This is how we hope to survive it.

On April 2, we launch TUSK TV featuring all the diverse international musical brilliance you’d expect from us in one potent monthly microdose. Each show will be around 5 hours in length and totally free to view, repeated on a 12hour delay again to maximize overseas view-ability and then added to our online archive. Featuring in Episode 1, presented by writer/presenter Jennifer Lucy Allan (BBC Radio3 etc) will be free jazz hero William Parker, US rapper Nappy Nina, Italian percussionist Valentina Magaletti and Norwegian skronk supergroup SPUNK.

This follows the success of our TUSK Virtual programme in October 2020 – an online version of the annual TUSK Festival that achieved over 12,000 unique viewers globally. Our online archive is also now achieving almost 2000 views per week.

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At the same time, we launch TUSK Editions, a monthly digital publication that merges the old school record club idea with the current evolution of digital publishing and music releasing in the age of Covid/Brexit. TUSK Editions will launch with the first collaborative album by renowned Tyneside electronic producers Stephen Bishop (Opal Tapes) and Mariam Rezaei, an exclusive track from the legendary Jim O’Rourke, an intercontinental mix from the Hive Mind Records label, an essay on the legendary William Parker by writer Stewart Smith, lockdown thoughts from our first TUSK TV host Jennifer Lucy Allan and more. Each TUSK Edition will be available via Bandcamp and our website tuskfestival.com

And in this world of shifting sands and unpredictable tides, we invite our audience to become TUSK members. From as little at £7 monthly, supporters will receive the monthly TUSK Editions direct to their inbox and other occasional treats and freebies.

For full information on TUSK TV, TUSK Editions and our new Members scheme, please visit www.tuskfestival.com