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Lou Reed guitar feedback to get Brighton Festival premiere

Lou Reed on stage in 1990 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Feedback from guitars and amps that belonged to Lou Reed will feature during the festival

An installation of Lou Reed's guitars and amps in feedback mode is to get its UK premiere at the Brighton Festival which is being directed by his widow.

Work from Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing and performances from singer Beth Orton will also feature during the three-week event.

This year's guest director is musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson.

She said the feedback made by her late husband's guitars would be "as close to Lou's music as we can get these days".

'Crazy art party'

She added: "I've been part of the festival several times and it is so big and sprawling and exciting and there's so many different things going on - it really has a kind of celebratory, crazy, art party feel to it. And I love the theme of home and place."

The theme of the festival, which is being held between 7 and 29 May, is home".

She said: "It is especially relevant with so many people in the world on the move now looking, like all of us, for a place we can belong.

"Maybe because I'm a working musician and often on the road, the idea of home is pretty appealing to me."

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Image caption Laurie Anderson, who trained as a sculptor, married Lou Reed in 2008

Known for the 1981 hit O Superman and her use of technology in her music, Ms Anderson, was NASA's first artist in residence.

The festival line-up includes an "immersive outdoor experience" called Dr Blighty, which tells the story of the wounded Indian soldiers who were treated in Brighton during World War One; and Ms Anderson's concert for canine ears, Music for Dogs.

Every onstage death from the works of William Shakespeare will also be re-enacted by Tim Crouch and Spymonkey to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

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