Highlights:

• The UK’s bestselling country act, The Shires

• Flame-haired Fairground Attraction frontwoman, Eddi Reader

• Multi award-winning recording artist, Katie Melua

Big Fish Little Fish

Sunday 16 February, 12.30pm

Big Fish Little Fish are back with a Love themed event on 16 February.

Join the award-winning, critically-acclaimed family fun event for the post-rave generation of parents – helping them to be responsibly irresponsible since 2013. The raves are designed to be as much fun for the adults as they are the children, and are social, daft, anarchic and creative spaces for all the family to enjoy.

North East resident DJ Mudfoot Blaps (truoldskool/fantazia) will be behind the decks plus a special guest DJ to be announced! On the multi-sensory dancefloor there will be confetti cannons, balloons, bubbles and giant parachute dance. Craft tables with themed crafts, giant colouring mural and Play-Doh table. Toddler play area with tents and tunnels and baby chillout space with mat and small ball pool.

Book Now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/big-fish-little-fish/

Gateshead Jazz 2020

Friday 20 – Sunday 22 March

Gateshead Jazz, a new era for the festival, running 20-22 March.

Sage Gateshead takes a fresh look at the international jazz scene with a cutting-edge festival premiering 20 – 22 March 2020.

Gateshead Jazz is part of a new era of jazz programming at Sage Gateshead which showcases the exciting melting pot of jazz including dance music, Afro-beat, R&B, neo-soul and electronic music from acclaimed and illustrious artists to the hottest rising stars.

See the full line up:https://sagegateshead.com/seasons/gateshead-jazz-2020/

The Shires

Friday 15 May, 7.30pm

The UK’s bestselling country act, The Shires, formed after Ben appealed on Facebook for a female country singer to work with him. Crissie, a friend of a friend, replied, came to see him the very next day and they discovered an instant chemistry.

Both are inspired by the old-school workmanship of country music’s professional songwriters – people they would later work with on their first trip to Nashville last summer. Learning first hand the storytelling style of classic country songs, and how to craft a catchy chorus, the duo then injected elements that could only have come from our side of the pond.

Fuelled by Crissie’s powerful but subtle and supple vocals and Ben’s perfectly complementary tones and acoustic guitar, The Shires have literally found a piece of country to call their own. They love American music, but they’re proudly British and intensely keen to add some real indigenous flavour to the pot.

Their latest single, New Year, is taken from their eagerly awaited forthcoming album Good Years. The title of the group’s newest record couldn’t ring truer for Ben and Crissie, as the release follows two gold certified albums and three Top 10 singles firmly cementing their status as two of country music’s most prominent voices.

Book Now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/the-shires/

Freckle Productions and Rose Theatre Kingston present

Zog – By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Tuesday 21 July – Friday 24 July, 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm

Large in size and keen in nature, Zog is eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet…a duel with knight, Sir Gadabout the Great!

The smash-hit stage adaptation from Freckle Productions, the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat, is back in 2020 and promises to be bigger, brighter and more roar-some than ever before!

With brand new songs from Joe Stilgoe (The Jungle Book, The Midnight Gang) and directed by Emma Kilbey, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog is a magical production for all ages.

Book Now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/zog-2020/

Eddi Reader – 40th Anniversary Tour

Tuesday 15 September, 8pm

Eddi Reader is perhaps Scotland’s greatest living female voice. In 2020, she celebrates her 40th year on stage with a 40 Years Live concert tour.

From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of western Scotland and learning how to street-sing across Europe like her hero Edith Piaf, Eddi’s path soon led her to a professional career in music as a backing singer for Eurythmics and Gang of Four. Her band Fairground Attraction had huge international success and number one hits with Perfect and debut album, First of a Million Kisses, which stormed the charts in the late 1980s.

Throughout her successful solo career, Eddi has released consistently great works, including highly acclaimed albums such as The Songs of Robert Burns and last year’s Cavalier. She has won Brit Awards, been awarded four honorary degrees, an MBE, sung to millions on some of the world’s greatest concert and festival stages and collaborated with a host of stars across a myriad of genres including folk, jazz, pop, world, punk and even classical work with various orchestras.

In 2019, Eddi was invited to be a special guest with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for an extensive tour, she released her Starlight EP, played sold out headline shows and recorded a programme for BBC Radio’s Classic Scottish Album series about her Robert Burns recordings and appeared on BBC Television’s Songs of Praise and as part of Billy Connolly’s Made In Scotland series.

The 40 Years Live concerts promise to be something special, as with any Eddi Reader concert, the magic is being made in the moment, no two concerts are ever the same.

Book Now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/eddi-reader-20/

Katie Melua

Saturday 31 October, 7pm

Multi award-winning recording artist Katie Melua has announced an extensive 45-date headline 2020 tour, including a date at Sage Gateshead.

Born in the Georgian city of Kutaisi, Katie and her family emigrated to Belfast when she was nine years old. She has released seven studio albums to date and is one of the UK’s highest-selling female recording artists of all time.

Book Now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/katie-melua/

Sixties Gold 2020

Wednesday 4 November, 7.30pm

The Ultimate Line-up: The Tremeloes, Mamas and Papas UK, Hermans Hermits, The Marmalade, The Merseybeats, Dave Berry, Steve Ellis & Gerry’s Pacemakers.

The Tremeloes have sold in excess of 100 Million records worldwide, featuring the legendary Len “Chip” Hawkes and Micky Clarke with their huge number one hits Silence Is GoldenSuddenly You Love MeEven The Band Times Are Good(Call Me) Number One and many more.

Hermans Hermits are one of the biggest selling bands of the 60s, now celebrating their 55th anniversary. Formed in Manchester in 1964, the band has chalked up 23 hit singles, 10 hit albums, appeared in three major movies and have sold in excess of 75 million records. Hits include: There’s a Kind of Hush, Silhouettes, Can’t You Hear My Heart Beat, Wonderful World, A Must to Avoid, and many more.

The Merseybeats are another success story from the Liverpool. They’ve had a number of hit records including: Sorrow, I Think of You, and Wishin’ and Hopin’.

The Marmalade were the champions of the Scottish Beat in 1968, adding another dimension to the sound of the classic pop song, with great harmonies. Chart-toppers include: Lovin’ Things, Reflections of My Life, Falling Apart at The Seams, Cousin Norman, and their Lennon & McCartney composed No1 smash hit, Ob-la-Di Ob-la-Da.

With an individual style and voice, Dave Berry presents his chart-topping hits The Crying Game, Little Things, Memphis Tennessee and Mama.

Mamas and Papas UK, featuring Terry Bradford, Sussie Arneson, Laurie Briggs and Chris White performing the wonderful hit songs; Monday Monday, California Dreamin’, Dedicated to the One I Love, and many more.

Steve Ellis, is the original lead vocalist and founder of Love Affair who had five top 20 singles, Rainbow Valley, Bringing On Back The Good Times, A Day Without Love and their classic number one, Everlasting Love.

Joining the line-up are top musicians Gerry’s Pacemakers who will perform some of Gerry Marsden’s massive hits which include I Like It, How Do You Do It, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Ferry Across the Mersey and many more.

Book Now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/sixties-gold-2020/

ENDS

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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.