Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce a selection of gigs for all musical tastes, including country superstars Little Big Town, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and 10cc’s Graham Gouldman.

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys Plus 4Square

Tuesday 26 September, 8pm, Sage Two

Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and his music regularly featured on Sky Arts and Sky Sports, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years.

With an intoxicating mix of youthful exuberance and instrumental virtuosity, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys breathe new life into traditional music, letting it rub shoulders with contemporary originals and even the occasional surprise rock cover.

Expect to hear haunting harmonies, soaring tunes and melodies, charming anecdotes and instrumental performances of the highest calibre, all led by Sam’s unmistakable vocals.

Manchester’s ferocious folk foursome, 4Square, is now in its 10th year of wowing audiences from all four corners of Europe and beyond. This powerful young quartet with their fiery, inventive and virtuosic brand of alternative folk have played at festivals and venues all across the UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden, The Czech Republic, Greece, and Denmark as well as releasing 4 albums and one EP.

4Square’s trademark show features the spectacle of Nicola Lyons’s simultaneous fiddle playing and clog dancing and virtuosic mandolin from Michael Giverin, galvanised by the driving sounds of Jim Molyneux’s piano and Dan Day’s percussion. The result is an infusion of folk, jazz, Latin, and any other musical style they feel the inclination to absorb.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday 30 September, 7.30pm, Sage One

The RLPO and Vasily Petrenko thrilled Gateshead audiences with their astounding Rachmaninov last season. This visit includes the composer’s most popular – and most romantic – Symphony No.2, and by complete contrast Philip Glass’ new Symphony No.11.

Premiered at Carnegie Hall in January it was described as ‘full of body-rocking vitality’, with ‘climaxes that burst open in joyous excitement’.

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Rush 2 Break Out

Saturday 30th September, 7pm, Sage Two

Jeduthun Music is a team creatives, comprising of singers, dancers, musicians and artists.

Rush 2.0 Break Out promises an evening of music dance and spoken word that will bring you to an encounter that will cause you to break free from limitations and release the potential and greatness on the inside of you.

Come and experience it there’s something for everyone, this is a night you won’t want to miss.

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A New Writing North production for Durham Book Festival

Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo!

Sunday 1 October, 11am & 2pm, The Barbour Room

Adapted by Stacey Sampson from the book written by Amy Sparkes and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.

From the creators of Hey, Presto!, Man on the Moon and The Worst Princess, comes a mischievous tale that little monsters everywhere are sure to fall in love with.

The hero of our story has received an invitation to run a zoo for a day. But this isn’t just any zoo. This zoo seems rather odd, and the keeper is in a great hurry to leave for his holiday. It is a mess and the creatures are all misbehaving. This is a Monster Zoo!

Can these naughty creatures ever learn to mind their manners? Join us on this exciting adventure to help our young hero take on a Monster Zoo full of weird and wonderful creatures. Featuring original live music performed by a monster band and lots of laughs for children aged up to 7 and their families.

A New Writing North production for Durham Book Festival.

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Little Big Town plus Seth Ennis

Sunday 1 October, 7.30pm, Sage One

Little Big Town first entered the music scene more than 18 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone” and the Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” With albums Tornado and Pain Killer, they have seen massive success with number 1 singles “Pontoon,” “Tornado,” “Day Drinking,” and most recently the history-making, best-selling country single of 2015, with “Girl Crush.”

Little Big Town has earned almost 40 award show nominations, and in the past five years has taken home nearly 20 awards, including multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, and an Emmy award. They are the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year and recently won the same award for the fifth consecutive year. At the 2016 Grammy Awards Little Big Town won “Best Country Group/Duo Performance,” and “Girl Crush” received the honour for “Best Country Song.”

Little Big Town recently released their new single “Better Man,” the first single from the group’s forthcoming seventh studio album entitled The Breaker, released February 24, 2017.

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10cc’s Graham Gouldman & Heart Full of Songs plus support Jack Lukeman

Sunday 1 October, 8pm, Sage Two

Graham Gouldman formed what became Heart Full of Songs six years ago, purely for the pleasure of playing songs in their simplest form, acoustically.

Backed by fellow 10cc band members and opening the show at 10cc concerts, Graham performed a selection of hits he wrote for other artistes.

The format became so popular that it adopted a name and undertook its first stand-alone concert tour in April-May 2013, touring again the following year.

10cc’s success has been such that the first opportunity for Heart Full of Songs to tour again in 2017.

Much has happened for Graham since he last took the band, now a three-piece featuring Iain Hornal and Ciaran Jeremiah, on the road.

His status as one of the world’s leading songwriters was acknowledged with his induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame – an arm of America’s National Academy of Music – at a special ceremony in New York.

Jack lukeman is one of Ireland’s most respected and best loved performers described by The Guardian as “A mixture of all the great voices of the 20th Century “

At home Jack is a multi-platinum selling award winning, singer songwriter.

Internationally Jack has performed at the Lincoln Centre, Glastonbury and most recently at the Royal Albert Hall as the special guest of Jools Holland.

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