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The academic world can often be fairly impenetrable to those not involved or with little interest, and it’s no different when it comes to music. Researchers at Newcastle University are attempting to bridge the gap between ‘academic’ and ‘non-academic’ spaces and thought processes by hosting a symposium at several venues on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April.

The aim of Wild Pop is to encourage critical conversation within popular music making, inviting artists and audiences to engage with creative practices both in and out of an academic setting. The events will take the form of performances, film screenings and workshops, and are open to all those with an interest in contemporary music.

Amongst the programme is a night of live performance and video works by Dawn Bothwell of electronic project Pentecostal Party, experimental electronica from Bartholins Glands, and artists Susie Green and Matthew Parkin on Friday 13th at TOPH, Gateshead; an introduction to music making for novices takes place on Saturday afternoon at Newcastle University; also on Saturday afternoon, Culture Lab hosts a specially commissioned programme of video essays, with work by Yeah You musician Elvin Brandhi, critical curators The White Pube, Accident Book, and writer, editor and designer Rob Arcand. The closing party, hosted on Saturday night at Gateshead’s TOPH promises performances from the aforementioned Elvin Brandhi, highly regarded electronica musician Jennifer Walton and Blue Lamp Foundation.

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