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Tusk kicks off today with live stream

The Gateshead based festival will feature the likes of Guttersnipe, Wolfgang Voigt, Usurper and Ashtray Navigations, as well as talks and installations.

Tusk festival kicks off today at 5pm. Running througout the weekend, the festival will take place at Gateshead's Sage venue, and include various performances, talks and film screenings. What's more, Tusk will also be streaming the event online at

The line-up includes Mark Carroll, Skull Mask, Guttersnipe, Wolfgang Voigt, Usurper, Ashtray Navigations, Hen Ogleddd, Silent Servant, Senyawa and more. The Wire's Editor Derek Walmsley will also be returning to the festival this year to host a selection of talks: a Saturday session with Phil Todd and Melanie O’Dubhshlaine of Ashtray Navigations and another on Sunday with Rully Herman and Wukir Suryadi of Senyawa.

A couple of films will be screened including Mark McNeil’s mini-doc on the Los Angeles Free Music Society and Tyler Hubby's Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present. An exhibition of Sir Richard Bishop's Captured In Asia photography and another featuring artwork from Gateshead cassette label Matching Head will also be happening, alongside Sam Grant's Prime Rhythms Installation.

Tusk will take place from 14–16 October. Tickets are available over at the Sage Gateshead website.