• Award-winning anarchic punks, The Boomtown Rats
• 80s pop legends Go West and Paul Young
• The Zombies return home to celebrate their long-awaited Induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Presented by Asian Arts Agency
Hashmat Sultana with live band
Monday 2 March, 8pm
Asian Arts Agency presents Hashmat Sultana, the most sensational contemporary Sufi and Punjabi singers to emerge from India recently.
Propelled into the limelight in 2016 as part of a major Indian TV talent show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, the duo received rave reviews from prominent Bollywood composers Pritam Chakraborty and Sajid-Wajid for their beautiful and electrifying vocal abilities.
Since then Hashmat and Sultana have been winning the hearts of audiences in India and internationally with their refreshing contemporary twist on traditional Punjabi folk and ancient Sufi music. The talented ‘Sufi sisters’ have become a YouTube sensation and developed a huge online audience. Their son Rang has received more than 25 million views and other recent singles have also notched up millions of views.
Feature poetry and songs from the great Punjabi Sufi poets, such as Baba Bulleh Shah and Shah Hussain, the sisters are appealing to a new generation of audiences with their powerful vocal performances and incredible versatility that shows maturity beyond their years.
After their sensational debut UK appearance at WOMAD Festival 2018, which was described as one of the highlights of the festival, Hashmat Sultana are returning to the UK with a full live band on their debut UK tour in 2020.
FUNK: A Music Revolution featuring: Pee Wee Ellis, China Moses plus special guest Omar
Wednesday 4 March, 7.30pm
Curated by James Brown’s musical director, renowned saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and singer China Moses, FUNK: A Music Revolution celebrates funk’s influence from its early days to latest sounds.
The nine-piece band features some of the best funk and soul artists from the UK and USA including Omar – vocals, Dennis Rollins – trombone, Neville Malcolm – bass and Daru Jones – drums.
From James Brown and Pee Wee’s Cold Sweat and Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke to Kool & the Gang’s Jungle Boogie, Funk kickstarted a revolution of bass lines, street wear and attitude that has permeated our music, culture and outlook.
Celebrating funk’s influence on dance styles, UK street dance group The Locksmiths join the stage.
Bring on the FUNK.
Biff Byford: School of Hard Knocks – The Spoken Word & Live Music Show
Friday 17 April, 7.30pm
The show will take an ‘evening with’ format and will be split into two halves. The first half will feature a spoken word show compared by American Comedian and star of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, Don Jamieson, where Don will quiz Biff on all aspects of his life and career. The second half will consist of a live show with Biff and his band.
As a special bonus, fans who buy their tickets prior to 31 January 2020, will receive a personally signed 10×8 photo together with entry into a draw to win one of 10 VIP meet and greets per show.
Thursday 23 April, 7.30pm
Ralph McTell is touring his new album, Hill of Beans, his first album of original material for 9 years.
The performance will feature plenty of songs from his 50 plus year career, in addition to showcasing some of his most recent work. A singer-songwriter of international acclaim who has played across the world, McTell brings his exquisite songwriting to life with virtuoso guitar picking and evocative stories.
His spellbinding songs and wry humorous anecdotes take the audience from his busker days in Paris, to concert halls in Australia and America and through the Streets of London.
Danni Nicholls plus special guest Hayley McKay
Sunday 26 April, 8pm
With the wind in her sails from receiving consecutive Americana Music Association UK award nominations (2017 UK Album of the Year for Mockingbird Lane and 2018 UK Artist of the Year), plus touring with legends such as Shakin’ Stevens and Lucinda Williams, singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls has been enjoying an incredible ride.
2019 has proved to be just as exciting with the release of her third studio album, The Melted Morning. Whether touring these new songs and stories as a trio or solo, her vibrant, spell binding performances are guaranteed to melt your heart into the soles of your boots. Danni’s passionate delivery, captivating velvet voice and charmingly engaging between-song banter compel you to fall under her spell.
Plus special guest Hayley McKay
Displaying an incredible vocal range with a distinctive all-round style, which can effortlessly leap from earthy and soulful raw emotion to soaring and ethereal angelic tones, Hayley has been likened to Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchel, LeAnn Rimes and Kate Bush.
An accomplished and insightful songwriter, who effortlessly captures deep emotional sentiment with moving sincerity, she has co-written with twice Grammy-nominated songwriter Jan Buckingham (Whitney Houston) in Nashville, performed in Bob Harris’s home studio for his Under the Apple Tree sessions, and supported such major acts as Tom Jones, Albert Lee, Scouting for Girls, Martha Reeves and Hazel O’Connor.
The Boomtown Rats
Saturday 2 May, 7.30pm
Formed in 1975 in Dublin, The Boomtown Rats exploded out of Ireland in 1976 and their fast, loud, furious music meant they became part of the burgeoning punk scene.
The Boomtown Rats first toured with the Ramones and Talking Heads before becoming one of the biggest bands of the late 70s/80s with a string of top ten hits and platinum albums, earning them BRIT Awards, Ivor Novellos and GRAMMY Awards. Making history as the first Irish band to have a UK no 1 hit with Rat Trap, they went on to top the charts in 32 Countries with I Don’t Like Mondays and racked up 6 era-defining albums: The Boomtown Rats (1977), A Tonic For The Troops (1978), The Fine Art Of Surfacing (1979), Mondo Bongo (1980), V Deep (1982) and In The Long Grass (1984).
The Boomtown Rats release their brand-new album Citizens of Boomtown in 2020.
Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox
Thursday 21 May
Waters of Tyne to Fog on the Tyne.
Two of the UK’s best known and loved singers – Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) are taking to the road together in Spring 2020. Their last tour as a duo was back in 2010 where their sold-out performances earned glowing reviews. Their individual busy schedules have prevented them from reuniting… until now!
And what a treat it is! The duo’s ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including original Lindisfarne classics and traditional folk arrangements: Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Clear White Light, Big River, Galway Shawl and many more.
The Zombies – The Invaders Return Tour
Thursday 11 June, 8pm
Celebrating the Hall of Fame on our side of the pond.
“British Invasion” legends The Zombies return home to celebrate their long-awaited Induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
With more than 330,000 votes in the public poll, The Zombies joined Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, and Roxy Music as the Hall of Fame’s 2019 class, at a
ceremony taking place exactly 50 years to-the-day after their classic Time of the Season first hit number one in the charts.
Led by founding members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, alongside Steve Rodford on drums, guitarist Tom Toomey, and Søren Koch on bass, The Zombies are also in the studio recording the follow-up to their 2015 Billboard-charting album, Still Got That Hunger.
The band’s live performances take fans on a journey from their early 1960’s singles She’s Not There and Tell Her No, their 1968 masterpiece Odessey and Oracle, favourites from the post-Zombies careers of Colin Blunstone and Argent, right to today with brand-new songs from their forthcoming album.
Go West and Paul Young
Friday 11 September, 7.30pm
Celebrating 35 years, Go West were one of the most successful singer/songwriter duos of the 80s. Formed in 1982 by Peter Cox and Richard Drummie, with Cox as lead singer and Drummie on guitar and backing vocals, they produced hits such as We Close Our Eyes, Call Me and Don’t Look Down. Go West were voted Best Newcomer at the 1986 BRIT Awards and in 1990, their track King of Wishful Thinking featured on the hugely successful soundtrack for the blockbuster smash Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
Originally in the band Q-Tips, Paul Young went solo in the 80s and his career took off with the seminal album No Parlez and so many subsequent top 10 hits such as Wherever I Lay My Hat, which hit the number one slot in 1983, Love of The Common People, Everytime You Go Away and Everything Must Change.
He is also a BRIT Award winner for Best Male vocalist, sings the opening lines on the original Band Aid single Feed the World and performed at Live Aid in 1984.
Paul is a keen chef, biker and fan of all things Mexicana. A family man, always happy to be touring his classic hits as a solo artist or with his Tex Mex/ Americana band, Los Pacaminos.
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CONTACT: Rosie Earl 01325 363436
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Notes to editors:
Sage Gateshead is an international music centre and renowned conference and event venue located in the North East of England. It is for artists, for audiences, for the North and for the long term.
Its concert programme incorporates all kinds of local, regional and international music and runs all year round. Music-making and learning activity takes place not only in the building but across the region.
As a charity, the support it receives helps to ensure everyone in the community can experience the joys of music.
Sage Gateshead registered charity number: 1087445.