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An ambitious, female-led series of combined music performances, talks and artistic commissions taking place over six Friday nights in venues across Newcastle and Gateshead, The Hexagon Experiments bring together noteworthy musical artists to perform new work and intimate performances alongside scientists, writers, artists, politicians and academics.

The first event on Friday 3rd August sees the brilliant cosmic psych artist Jane Weaver appear at The Cluny 2 alongside discussions with space scientists including Sophie Allan and Megan Argo, while Friday 10th August sees electronic dream-pop group Haiku Salut take to the Centre for Life in collaboration with the Robot Orchestra, their creator Professor Danielle George MBE and algorhythmic musician Joanne Armitage. The next instalment finds local lass and DJ Lauren Laverne joined by composer Sara Lowes and visual artist Mary Griffiths at the Great North Museum on Friday 17th August, to present new musical and graphical work and discussions on the intersection between music, art and science.

Friday 24th August finds some of the most exciting and ambitious new electronic producers and composers (including Afrodeutsche, Caro C, Mandy Wigby and Vicky Clarke) appearing alongside talks from Nadine Shah and Chi Onwurah MP at Sage Gateshead, while Friday 31st August finds acclaimed Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep presenting a theatrical-musical-dance-art spectacular in tribute to pioneering electronic composer Delia Derbyshire at the Boiler Shop. Closing out the series is a presentation of new work from the brilliant, genre-defying Anna Meredith at Cobalt Studios on Friday 7th September, created in collaboration with new female artists from across the region.

If that’s still not enough to entice you, then here’s the clincher: all of these events are free entry, with guests requested to sign up for free tickets in advance on Event Brite. It’s a rare chance to catch some genuine one-off performances from some of the country’s most exciting musicians, and to expand the mind at the same time with leading lights in science, art, technology and politics. Don’t miss it.

 

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