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Next week (week commencing 25th June) at Sage Gateshead

Coming up at Sage Gateshead next week (week beginning 25 June 2018)

Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack continues with performances by acts including PINS plus She Drew The Gun, Kathhryn Tickell & The Darkening plus Rachel Unthank & Paul Smith and Jim Ghedi, and Róisín Murphy plus Luke Unabomber.

Strictly Come Dancing favourites Kevin & Karen present their high-energy dance show, demonstrating the moves that made them household names.

BBC Introducing showcases upcoming and under the radar music from across the North.

Tickets are still available for these shows and more, taking place week commencing 25 June.

Great Exhibition of the North: Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack

PINS plus She Drew The Gun

Monday 25 June, 8pm, Sage Two

Manchester five-piece PINS have announced their new single, Serve The Rich, produced by The Kills’ Jamie Hince, which is released on 22nd September via Haus of PINS.

Bold, edgy and deliriously addictive, Serve The Rich follows on from PINS recent Bad Thing EP release, which included the single Aggrophobe featuring Iggy Pop.

Bad Thing, which received radio support from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq at 6Music, culminated in a short film, largely shot in the band’s hometown of Manchester, featuring 5 separate videos for each track on the EP which made up one 20-minute film.

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Kevin & Karen Dance – The Live Tour 2018

Thursday 28 June, 7.30pm, Sage One

Following a sensational sell-out debut tour last year, Kevin and Karen Clifton are back with a brand new show. Featuring music that has inspired them to dance – Roxanne, Smooth Criminal, Respect, Jail House Rock and many more.

It’s a hip-swinging journey with heart-pounding choreography filled with Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango and Paso Doble.

Backed by a supporting cast of sensational dancers, vocalists and a live 12-piece show band, expect edge-of-your-seat routines that are sassy, sharp and sultry – packing more than a hint of Latino vibe.

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Great Exhibition of the North

100% Soul Feat, World HQ & The Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir

Friday 29 June, 7pm, Sage Two

Iconic nightclub ‘World Headquarters’ teams up with Great Exhibition of the North to celebrate their 25 year anniversary in Newcastle, with an amazing live show of Classic Soul hits of the 60’s & 70’s in Hall 2.

Their special guests, the Voices of Virtue Choir with full band, perform alongside DJ Tom Caulker for an evening of the 100%, high octane, blistering soul anthems we all know and love.

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Great Exhibition of the North: Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack

Róisín Murphy + Luke Unabomber

Friday 29 June, 7.30pm, Sage One

Róisín Murphy performs her hip-twitching, pleasure-centre-stimulating music, stemming from her new music produced by DJ Maurice Fulton, full of the unadulterated, but deeply warped funk which Maurice has honed over his decades of dancefloor experience.

Her lyrics are intense, exploratory, probing into dark parts of her own and the listener’s psyche – all the while working on the immediate, endorphin-stimulating dancefloor level.

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Great Exhibition of the North

BBC Music Introducing presents

Saturday 30 June, 12pm – 6pm, Sage Two

BBC Music Introducing supports unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar music across the UK.

With upwards of 500,000 tracks uploaded to the BBC Music Introducing website and more than 200,000 artists registered, Introducing provides a network dedicated to supporting the best emerging talent from across the UK and a platform to propel them onto the national stage through Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music, the Asian Network and Radio 3.

It gives up-and-coming artists broadcast opportunities on BBC radio, television and online alongside the chance to perform at major festivals and showcases. Big name artists including Florence + the Machine, Jake Bugg, Rae Morris, George Ezra, James Bay, SOAK and Jack Garratt all received BBC Music Introducing support at the start of their careers.

Introducing offers new musicians the chance to get played on Radio 1 and 1Xtra daytime, to record their own Maida Vale session and perform at the biggest festivals in the UK and internationally. It has brought thousands of acts to hundreds of different stages over the past 10 years, including Glastonbury, Big Weekend, Latitude, Creamfields, Reading and Leeds.

Introducing also take acts internationally to events like SXSW, ADE, Reeperbahn and Winter Jazz Festival.

This year, for the first time, BBC Music Introducing have a stage at The Great Exhibition of The North, showcasing upcoming and under the radar music on Saturday 30th June.

BBC Radio 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Nick Roberts from Introducing in the North East curated the line-up with the help of various Introducing shows including Merseyside, Teesside and West Yorkshire.

The line-up:

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Great Exhibition of the North: Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack


Saturday 30 June, 9pm, Sage Two

Manchester’s super-group of Producers and MCs bring their live show to the Great Northern Soundtrack.

LEVELZ have showcased their talents on platforms as diverse as Channel 4, Radio 1, Rinse FM, Radio 6 Music and 1Xtra and were one of Julie Adenuga’s first ever guests on her Beats 1 show.

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Great Exhibition of the North: Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack

Parental Guidance Party feat. Paul Smith

Sunday 1 July, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Sage Gateshead Concourse

Bring your whole family to Sage Gateshead for a morning dance party, where Maximo Park’s Paul Smith plays an idiosyncratic blend of the best pop music the North has to offer.

Spinning floor fillers from the ’60s to the current day, parents and young children can dance the morning away. Paul Smith.

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Great Exhibition of the North: Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening + Rachel Unthank & Paul Smith + Jim Ghedi

Sunday 1 July, 7.30pm, Sage Two

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

The Darkening is the Northumbrian name for twilight, but this band’s music blazes fiercely.

Musicians from Northumberland, Scotland, Ireland and England invoke the dark, powerful, shamanic sounds of Ancient Northumbria and broadcast them to the modern world.

Their inspiration comes from the wild, dramatic, weather-bitten countryside along Hadrian’s Wall, which seems so quintessentially Northumbrian, and yet, almost 2000 years ago that same landscape was inhabited by people from around the world, worshipping different gods and following different customs.

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening embrace that global perspective, bringing some of the oldest Northumbrian tunes and songs throbbing to life, intermingling them with new material and binding it all together with contemporary resonance and attitude.

Fresh sounds merge with ancient influences. Expansive sonic textures are created. Dazzling duets from Kathryn’s pipes and Amy’s accordion contrast with the dark and dirty riffs and rhythms of Kieran’s octave mandolin. Intrepid world-traveller Kate adds her fearless explorations and the inventive use of drums and percussion unites the ensemble.

Band members are also known for their work with: Seth Lakeman, Sting, Soumik Datta, The Shee, Monster Ceilidh Band, Songs of Separation, Carthy, Oates, Farrell & Young, Moulettes, Uiscedwr, Kathryn Tickell Band and many more

Rachel Unthank & Paul Smith

Two North East Mercury Prize nominees from The Unthanks and Maximo Park come together to explore new territory and common ground using traditional song as a starting point.

As one of two lead singers of The Unthanks, Rachel Unthank has dedicated much of her career to celebrating folk songs by writers little known beyond the North East, including Graham Miles, Joe Wilson and Alex Glasgow

Paul Smith is a North-East-based musician best known as the singer for Maximo Park. The band has released six consecutive Top 20 albums and been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

Away from the band, Smith has released two solo albums and a collaborative record with Peter Brewis of Field Music. He has also collaborated with poet Lavinia Greenlaw, as well as composing a 26-minute a cappella piece of music for Great North Run Culture.

He currently hosts the Penguin Podcast, interviewing best-selling authors about their work.

Jim Ghedi

Born in Sheffield before moving around various parts of the British Isles and then settling in Moss Valley, an abandoned and forgotten area on the edge lands of South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire, it makes perfect sense that 26 year old Jim Ghedi’s music feels both fluidly transient yet also deeply rooted to a sense of place.

His current solo work explores connections to the natural environments and heritage of rural communities and landscapes across the British Isles, including the village in which he grew up. Drawing musically from some genre-crossing ideas combining 6 and 12 string finger-style guitar composition, orchestral arrangements and traditional folk song.

Nature permeates through his second solo album, A Hymn For Ancient Land. He will be heading out on tour throughout the year with his band, good friends Neal Heppleston on double bass and Dbh on violin, very much anticipating a busy year ahead.

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