Drone Ensemble

2017 Tusk Festival Sage Gateshead

Newcastle’s Drone Ensemble will sound a grand and earth-shifting slo-mo fanfare heralding the arrival of TUSK Festival 2017 when they appear on the concourse of Sage Gateshead to open the weekend and wish us all a sonically rich post-enlightenment Friday the 13th.

Drone Ensemble, as he name suggests, emit vast, deep, sonorous drones. More importantly, they do so almost entirely on instruments they have designed and built themselves. Joe Sallis leads musically and on instrument design and the Ensemble’s evolving line-up has been causing some excitement in Tyneside’s subterranean circles and how those sonorous waves of sound interact with the interior of Norman Foster’s architecture is something we can’t wait to hear.