- Double Olivier Award and Classic BRIT award winner, Michael Ball
- Three times Grammy winner, Bill Laurance
- Carrying on David Guest’s legacy, Soul Train Tour UK
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Monday 11 March, 8pm, Sage Two
Since forming 25 years ago, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have toured continuously and become torchbearers of American roots music. As a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and entertainer, Big Sandy has few contemporaries.
With a dynamic live show, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys at once acknowledge and celebrate the past while setting the stage for further exploration and interpretation of the musical forms they are most passionate about.
Beloved by many, the band has released fourteen albums of undiluted, upbeat and soulful music pulled from honky-tonk, western swing, rockabilly, rock & roll, rhythm & blues, soul and doo-wop.
Their latest album, What a Dream It’s Been, is a collection of the band’s favourite original numbers, all acoustic and reinterpreted with fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentation.
The band has toured constantly for the past two decades, playing more than 3,000 live shows, which include performances at the Grand Ole Opry, opening for the likes of George Jones, Johnny Cash, Morrisey and The Monkees, along with several appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and many national radio shows.
Saturday 6 April, 8pm, Sage Two
Bill Laurance has embarked on a life-long across the globe and through a myriad of award-winning musical projects.
A three times Grammy winning, world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, dubbed a “jazz maestro” by The Guardian, Bill is also a member of the phenomenon that is Snarky Puppy.
2018 has seen Bill exploring his first love, the piano, with the recording of a solo album entitled Cables, due to be released in spring 2019. The album puts Bill’s focus on the piano and electronics in a further exploration of the meeting of Classical and Jazz.
Folkworks: Jim Moray
Sunday 7 April 2019, 8pm, Sage Two
For 15 years, Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album, Sweet England, changed the sound of folk and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica.
Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way.
His sixth album, Upcetera, heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines. He has also found the time to contribute three new songs to BBC Dr Who spin-off show, Class, and launched his own Low Culture podcast.
Michael Ball Coming Home To You Tour
Thursday 25 April, 7.30pm, Sage One
Multi-platinum recording artist and national treasure, Michael Ball, announces a 21-date U.K. tour, supporting his forthcoming studio album, Coming Home To You.
The double Olivier Award winner will hit the road touring up and down the country, performing at Sage Gateshead on 25 April 2019.
Having received critical acclaim for his performances in the West End and on Broadway in shows, including Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and the smash hit musical Hairspray, the radio and TV host has since sold millions of albums and toured multiple continents across the world.
The Classic BRIT Award winner’s album, Together, with Alfie Boe was Christmas Number 1 in 2016, and their second album, Together Again, went straight to number one in 2017, boasting combined sales of more than 1 million copies.
Now Michael Ball is set to embark on his next live solo project with a 2019 U.K. tour which promises an evening of entertainment.
Don’t miss Michael Ball on his 2019 U.K. tour.
Friday 3 May, 7.30pm, Sage Two & Norther Rock Foundation Hall
A mini-festival celebrating ten years of one of the UK’s finest labels.
Featuring live performances from:
- Mammal Hands + Noya Rao + Caoilfhionn Rose + Hania Rani
- Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra
- DJ sets from Sunda Arc, Matthew Halsall + Kerstan (Gondwana)
Founded in 2008 by Manchester-based trumpeter, composer and producer Matthew Halsall, Gondwana Records, turned ten last autumn.
Originally founded to shine a light on the Manchester scene, Gondwana Records is one of the UKs most influential jazz (and beyond) record labels, launching GoGo Penguin on the world and now home to an international roster featuring artists from as far afield as Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.
Tonight’s very special show features performances from established stars alongside exciting new talent as Gondwana Records takes over one of the UK’s most iconic venues.
The ethereal folk and trance influenced Mammal Hands from Norwich powerful electro-soul outfit Noya Rao from Leeds and a rare performance from Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra performing his trademark rain-streaked spiritual jazz from Manchester. Rising-star singer-songwriter Caoilfhionn (pronounced Keelin) Rose from Manchester, and Polish piano sensation Hania Rani performing compositions inspired by Icelandic landscapes and the Polish Bieszczady mountains.
- 7.30pm – 8.20pm Sage Two | Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra
- 8.30pm – 9pm Northern Rock Foundation Hall | Hania Rani
- 8.30pm – 9pm Sage Two Bar | DJ Set
- 9.10pm – 10pm Sage Two | Noya Rao
- 10.10pm – 10.40pm Northern Rock Foundation Hall | Caoilfhionn Rose
- 10.10pm – 10.40pm Sage Two Bar | DJ Set
- 10.50pm – 11.50pm Sage Two | Mammal Hands
- 11.50pm – 1am Sage Two Bar | DJ Sets
Please note times and venues are subject to change. Tickets do not guarantee entry to events taking place in Northern Rock Foundation Hall.
Soul Train Tour UK
Monday 6 May, 7.30pm, Sage One
For the past decade, music lovers have enjoyed performances from soul legends in a unique show created by the one and only David Gest. Each year he brought together a host of music icons who sang the songs that made them famous.
David Gest’s Soul Legends will reunite for the Soul Train Tour UK to continue David’s Legacy and support the David Gest Foundation.
- Dina Carroll: Ain’t No Man, Perfect Year, Son of a Preacher Man
- Mari Wilson: Just what I always wanted
- Freda Payne: Band of Gold
- GC Cameron of the Spinners: Could it be I’m falling in love, Working my way back to you, It’s a shame
- Junior: My Mama used to say
- The Flirtations: Nothing But A Heartache
- Lenny Zakatek: I haven’t stopped dancing yet
- Eban Brown, former lead singer of The Stylistics: I’m Stone in Love with You, You make me feel brand new, Star on a TV Show