BBC Radio 3 announces a music festival celebrating the North East

BBC Radio 3 has announced plans for an all-night music festival celebrating the “sparkling creativity emerging in the North East”.

fter Dark Festival will take place during the Spring Equinox weekend of March 18-20 and will run from dawn to dusk at two concert halls in Newcastle.

Sage Gateshead on the River Tyne will present a program featuring classical, electronic and jazz artists as well as poets and thinkers.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the immense talent of the NorthRadio Controller 3 Alan Davey

The night will begin with a sunset event and poetry cabaret, hosted by poet and writer Ian McMillan, beginning 12 hours of continuous events at the site – from 6pm to 6am.

A traditional Indian raga, performed by Leeds-based sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun, will mark the arrival of sunrise as part of a dawn event which will also feature beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh.

The Star and Shadow space, meanwhile, will host a selection of alternative acts, including Manchester-based rapper and DJ Iceboy Violet and violinist Rakhi Singh.

The festival will also see Radio 3 presenters Elizabeth Alker, Hannah Peel, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Jennifer Lucy Allan, McMillan and Matthew Sweet interview artists and guide audiences through the night.

Festival performances will be broadcast on Radio 3 and BBC Sounds on various programs between March 24 and 27, culminating in an all-night edition of Night Tracks as the clocks switch to British Summer Time.

Radio 3 controller Alan Davey said: “BBC Radio 3 has always championed alternative and adventurous music, from late night jazz with Freeness, stunning collaborations in Late Junction, to the eclectic electronic and acoustic mixes of our series. Night Tracks.

“That’s why we’re thrilled to be working with Sage Gateshead and TUSK Music to bring After Dark Festival to the North East.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the huge talent across the North and to bring top alternative artists like Kinbrae and Memotone to as many of our audiences as possible, both in live venues and on BBC Radio. 3 and BBC Sounds.”

Tickets are available from February 18 in line.

Gerald R. Schneider