AV FESTIVAL 10: MUSIC & LIVE PERFORMANCE
Fri 5 March 2010 – Sun 14 March 2010

AV Festival 10 included 20 performances across Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, including eight UK premieres and eight new commissions.

Performances included work by: Charlemagne Palestine, Liliane Lijn, Rhodri Davies, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Atsuhiro Ito, Kanta Horio, Cluster, :zoviet*france:, Alasdair Roberts, Shogun Kunitoki, Kiila, Alan Moore and Stephen O’Malley, artificiel, Lee Patterson, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, People Like Us, Gwilly Edmondez, The Gluts, Felix Kubin, Owl Project, Kaffe Matthews, Jana Winderen, Susan Stenger, Iain Sinclair, FM Einheit, Simon Fisher Turner and Lucky Dragons.

Highlights included: a trilogy of performances by Charlemagne Palestine across Newcastle; an underwater concert by Cluster; new commissions based on our river networks; an evening devoted to recycled music culture; and a closing night collaboration between writers Alan Moore and Iain Sinclair with musicians Susan Stenger, FM Einheit and Stephen O’Malley.


Charlemagne Palestine: Carillon Bells

Fri 5 March 2010, 6.15-7pm

Newcastle Civic Centre Bell Tower

Legendary American musician Charlemagne Palestine performs the UK premiere of a new...more


Charlemagne Palestine: Schlingen Blängen

Sat 6 March 2010, 4-10pm

Church of St Thomas the Martyr

Immersive and powerful solo organ performance that slowly builds over six hours in the peaceful...more


Various Artists: English Journey Revisited

Sun 14 March 2010, 8pm

The Sage Gateshead

The Festival special closing night performance was written and performed by award winning writers Iain Sinclair...more


Alan Moore and Stephen O'Malley: Simultaneous Conjugation of Four Spirits in a Room

Sat 13 March 2010, 4-4.30pm

Laing Art Gallery

For the opening of the exhibition Turner versus Martin at the...more



Various Artists: Sounds of Science

Sat 13 March 2010, 6.30pm

The Sage Gateshead

An evening of sonic experiments with unusual sound sources including: an audio-modulated Tesla coil, firework...more


Various Artists: Rivers

Sun 14 March 2010, 3pm

The Sage Gateshead

This event premieres new commissions by three international sound artists: Kaffe Matthews, Lee Patterson and Jana Winderen. Each artist visited...more


Rhodri Davies: Cut and Burn

Sat 6 March 2010, 11am-4pm

Hatton Gallery

Rhodri Davies plays the harp in new and unexpected ways, often without plucking the strings. In this performance, set within his installation Room Harp...more


Cluster and :zoviet*france: Big Water

Wed 10 March 2010, 7.30pm

Sunderland Aquatic Centre

Sound travels 4.5 times faster underwater, a phenomenon that was directly experienced at this event. In the spectacular...more



Liliane Lijn: Power Game

Fri 5 March 2010, 9-11pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Power Game is a dynamic card game and improvised art performance, devised and performed by Liliane Lijn. Originally staged in...more


Charlemagne Palestine: Charlemagne Maximus

Sun 7 March 2010, 2-3.30pm

Cathedral Church of St Nicholas and St John the Baptist

The final performance in our Charlemagne Palestine Trilogy is his first ever composition...more


Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard: Silent Sound

Sun 7 March 2010, 6.30-7.30pm

Middlesbrough Town Hall

Created by visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Silent Sound is part classical concert and part public séance. It draws on...more


Various Artists: Nothing is New, Everything is Permitted

Sat 13 March 2010, 9pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

The title is a pun on the phrase ‘Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted’, famously quoted by William S Burroughs, who...more



Atsuhiro Ito & Kanta Horio

Tue 9 March 2010, 8.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Japanese musician and visual artist Atsuhiro Ito is the original creator of the Optron, a unique musical instrument made from fluorescent lights fitted...more


Lucky Dragons

Sun 14 March 2010, 10pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

The closing party harnesses all of the human energy of the entire Festival. Lucky Dragons are Los Angeles-based artists Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara...more


Owl Project Live Performance

Fri 5 March 2010, 7.45pm

Gallery North

A short performance by the Owl Project with their iLogs, hand-crafted instruments using a combination of old and new technologies as part of AV Late...more


Alasdair Roberts and Band, Kiila, Shogun Kunitoki

Fri 12 March 2010, 8pm

The Sage Gateshead

An evening of alternative folk, pop and post-rock produced by No-Fi, which aims to help electronic music regress back to a...more