Space Invasion

Creative agencies Generator and Northern Film & Media joined forces for Space Invasion - one of the UK’s largest projects for The Space – the experimental £2.5 million digital arts initiative developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC.

Space Invasion enabled collaboration between musicians, artists, poets and filmmakers and took over unique venues across the North East. Watch all the videos on The Space now.

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All works were uploaded to thespace.org and the project culminated in a special event 'Space Invasion at The Sage Gateshead' on September 22nd, featuring performances from special guests Ghostpoet, Raj Pannu (Coldcut/Ninjatune), Jethro Fox, Seye and Lulu James, plus special screenings of works featuring SBTRKT, Lanterns on the Lake, Novak Collective and Paul Smith (Maximo Park).

'Pallion' feat. Lanterns on the Lake & Novak Collective

The initiative produced the stunning piece ‘Pallion’ featuring Lanterns on the Lake who are signed to legendary independent label Bella Union. The band and visual artists Novak Collective were commissioned and placed together by Generator and Northern Film and Media to create an audio and visual response to the Pallion Shipyard, Sunderland and to TSS Manxman (1955-2012). ‘Pallion’ tells the story of the historic vessel and once thriving shipbuilding yard. ‘Pallion’ and a 'making of' video are available at thespace.org now.

Photo by Simon Williams

'Poetic Licence' with Paul Smith (Maximo Park) and Lavinia Greenlaw at Morden Tower

Poetic Licence saw Maximo Park lead singer Paul Smith perform an interpretation of poet Lavinia Greenlaw’s ‘Essex Kiss’ in Newcastle’s ancient Morden Tower. Click here for a review of the intimate event and watch the unique performance at thespace.org now.

Old Grey Whistle Twist

Raj Pannu is one of the most respected DJs in the UK, having toured the world as the audio and audio visual DJ for Coldcut & Ninjatune. Raj DJs regularly and also runs his own label, magazine & event company Fresh Hell. Raj created a unique DJ and VJ experience featuring classic Old Grey Whistle Test performances that was showcased at the final event. Watch the audio-visual performance at thespace.org now where you'll also find a behind the scenes video.

The Tipping Point

Artists were selected from Generator's The Tipping Point blog which relies on Tips from tastemakers to unearth the UK's best emerging artists. Jethro Fox, Lulu James and Seye filmed live sessions at Blank Studios, Newcastle, including covers of their favourite Old Grey Whistle Test performances. The Tipping Point artists also performed at 'Space Invasion at The Sage Gateshead' - a public event at The Sage Gateshead on 22 September which shows all of the work produced through Space Invasion and feature live performances. Click here for more information and see the videos at The Space here.

Culture fans could also watch the project evolve, gain exclusive mobile/tablet interactive content through Screach and view other projects from across the country through The Space platform.


Attendees with smart phones at Space Invasion (Sage Gateshead, Sat 22 Sept) had their evening enhanced by a second screen experience, powered by the Screach app, available for iPhone and Android. The app allowed people to receive exclusive curated content to their smart phone over the course of the evening, vote on the performance they were most looking forward to, and share with their social networks. All second screen users received a link to an exclusive download too.

Screach for Android
Screach for iOS