AV FESTIVAL 12: EQUINOX MUSIC WEEKENDS

Sat 17 March 2012
Fri 23 March 2012 – Sun 25 March 2012

These two weekends of new commissions and special concerts focused on ritual, alchemy and dreams in experimental music. Connecting together the weekends either side of the spring Equinox, we marked the time shift from spring to summertime.

Starting with a remembrance event to Peter Christopherson on Sat 17 March 2012, including special guests Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, with Chris Watson, Attila Csihar plus films by Derek Jarman and Philippe Garrel.

The event was described as "a moving tribute to Sleazy's life and work... This weekend in Newcastle proved that these embers shall and can never be extinguished, and remain for all who take the time to engage." (The Quietus)

Followed by a weekend of concerts across Newcastle in unusual venues including historic towers, circular domes and science museums with Attila Csihar (Sunn O))), Mayhem), The Caretaker, Forest Swords and :zoviet*france:. Bed and Breakfast for the last weekend was provided by Steven Stapleton’s overnight Sleep Concert.


Wishful Thinking: In Remembrance of Peter Christopherson

Sat 17 March 2012, 8pm–12am

Tyneside Cinema

Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson was best known as a founder member of Throbbing Gristle and Coil... more


Steven Stapleton: Sleep Concert

Fri 23 March 2012, 9pm-9am

Centre for Life

The UK premiere and fourth ever Sleep Concert. Steven Stapleton performed live throughout the night manipulating... more


Attila Csihar: A Scrying: First and Second Action (NCL)

Sat 24 March 2012, 7-9pm and Sun 25 March 2012, 8-10pm

Tyne Bridge North Tower

Attila Csihar, the baritone voice of Sunn 0))) and Norwegian black metal pioneers Mayhem, created... more


Susan Stenger and Attila Csihar: Full Circle Live

Fri 23 March 2012, 5.30-6pm

Newcastle Civic Centre

This live performance for voice makes use of the unique acoustics of the Civic Centre entrance dome. It represents the Equinox... more



Musick to Play in the Dark: A Talk by Rob Young

Sat 17 March 2012, 5–6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Rob Young is the author of Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music, and Editor-at-Large at The Wire magazine. In a talk... more


Various Artists: The Time is Out of Joint

Sat 24 March 2012, 9pm-2.30am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Three live performances embrace the concept of Hauntology at the moment we skip an hour to mark the beginning of British... more


:zoviet*france: The Newcastle Tour

Fri 23 March 2012, 8-9pm

Morden Tower

Formed in 1980 :zoviet*france: is a prolific music group based in Newcastle, who are pioneers of ambient and electronic... more