AV FESTIVAL 14: MUSIC
Sat 1 March 2014 – Sun 30 March 2014

The Festival music programme includes special concerts and new commissions, beginning with a focus on Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki, and ending with a large-scale closing event with seminal music group Test Dept on the dramatic site of Dunston Staiths on the River Tyne.

Reputed to be Europe’s largest wooden structure, the Staiths was built on the River Tyne in 1893 to ship coal to the world. Test Dept will bring the drama and noise of the site back to life in a sonic, cinematic and lighting intervention.

Mid-Festival two weekends of new commissions, concerts and walks focus on the geology, topography and mining legacy of the landscape, including: Lee Patterson, Rhodri Davies & John Butcher, Common Objects, Chris Watson and Richard Skelton.


Akio Suzuki: oto–date Newcastle

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

Various outdoor locations, Newcastle

AV Festival commissioned the UK debut of Suzuki’s ongoing oto-date project. oto-date is... more


Guided Tour: oto-date Newcastle

Sat 1 March 2014, 10.30am–12.30pm

Meet outside Castle Keep

Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda presented a guided tour of some of the locations that are part of... more


Akio Suzuki: Solo Performance

Sat 1 March 2014, 6-7pm

Castle Keep

This is the first opening weekend live performance by Akio Suzuki, who also presents a solo exhibition and oto-date project at the Festival. Known as a pioneer of... more


Bruce McClure: Showshadows Surrounded by Obscurity

Sat 1 March 2014

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

Bruce McClure’s immersive 16mm projector performances use the phenomena of visual flicker... more



A talk by Bruce McClure

Sun 2 March 2014, 10.30am–12pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

This talk by artist Bruce McClure, revisited his 16mm projector performance from the... more


Jessica Warboys & Morten Norbye Halvorsen

Sun 2 March 2014, 3pm and 4pm

Laing Art Gallery

Jessica Warboys and Morten Norbye Halvorsen performed within Warboy’s solo exhibition... more


Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda

Sun 2 March 2014, 7–10pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

The second live performance by Akio Suzuki is a duo with fellow artist Aki Onda. This extended durational performance... more


Bill Morrison and Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Miners' Hymns

Wed 5 March 2014, 7.30pm

Sage Gateshead

Forma and Sage Gateshead present a live performance of The Miners’ Hymns by American artist... more



Lee Patterson: Orefield

Fri 14 March 2014, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm)

Sage Gateshead

Orefield explores the North Pennines lead mining industry, an industry prevalent until its decline began in the late... more


John Butcher and Rhodri Davies: Roughting Linn

Fri 14 March 2014, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm) 

Sage Gateshead

This new performance by the duo John Butcher (saxophone) and Rhodri Davies (harp)... more


Common Objects: Cup and Ring

Sat 15 March 2014, 8pm

The Mining Institute

Common Objects is an ensemble of composers and improvisers lead by harpist Rhodri Davies including: John Butcher (saxophone... more


Chris Watson: Searching for Diamonds

Sat 15 March and Sat 22 March 2014

Low Newton Carpark

These sound walks with Chris Watson explore the particular sounds stored along... more



Chris Watson: Dunstanburgh Diamonds

Sun 16 March 2014, 7.45 (doors 7.15pm)

Sage Gateshead

This new commission by Chris Watson captures the voices and rhythms locked inside... more 


Richard Skelton and Elysian Quartet

Sun 23 March 2014, 8pm

Brinkburn Priory

Richard Skelton is an artist who creates music, text and assemblages resulting from a deep, sustained engagement... more


Test Dept at Dunston Staiths

Thu 27 – Sun 30 March 2014

Boarding at River Escapes Pontoon, Newcastle Quayside

Seminal industrial music group Test Dept returns with a world premiere for the closing weekend of the Festival. This large-scale outdoor event takes place at the... more