Highlights include:

  • One of the UK’s most successful singer-songwriters this millennium, Newton Faulkner
  • Pop sensation and former Soft Cell frontman, Marc Almond
  • Influential poet and activist, Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Star of Visage and Ultravox, Midge Ure

Newton Faulkner

Monday 29 April, 7pm, Sage One

Newton Faulkner has announced that he will kick off a year celebrating a decade in music with the release of his new single, Wish I Could Wake Up.

Continuing into 2019, his new album, The Very Best Of Newton Faulkner…So Far, will start an incredible year for Newton, which will also include a UK tour.

Wish I Could Wake Up is a brilliant reminder that there is more than the commerciality of Christmas, and that the best gift is often already part of our lives.

Faulkner’s 31 track double album, The Very Best Of Newton Faulkner…So Far, will include fan favourites, including Dream Catch Me, Write It On Your Skin and Clouds, as well as three brand new songs all showcasing Newton’s brilliance as a songwriter.

In addition, Newton’s renowned cover versions will be presented on a second disc including the newly recorded live versions of iconic songs Bohemian Rhapsody and Send Me On My Way that fans have been requesting for years!

Throughout Newton Faulkner’s immensely successful career he has sold more than 1.5 million records with 180 million streams, making him one of the UK’s most successful singer-songwriters this millennium.

This year, Faulkner has also taken to the stage performing as The Sung Thoughts of the Journalist in Jeff Wayne’s UK Arena tour of The War of the Worlds.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/newton-faulkner/

Tees Valley Youth Orchestra – 50th Anniversary Gala Concert

Sunday 5 May, 7.30pm, Sage One

Tees Valley Youth Orchestra returns to Sage Gateshead to celebrate 50 years of high-quality orchestral playing with a celebratory Gala Concert.

Featuring the current Carnegie Hall-bound orchestra and plenty of former members, this is an evening not to be missed.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/tees-valley-youth-orchestra51723/

Marc Almond

Monday 13 May, 7.30pm, Sage One

Following on from a whirlwind year that saw him sell out The O2 in a historic last ever performance with his band Soft Cell, Marc Almond has announced his first solo tour in more than a year.

One of the most compelling and heartfelt voices in British music, as well as one of the greatest storytellers in pop, Marc Almond will take his distinctive repertoire of hits across the country.

Marc Almond’s illustrious, diverse and maverick career has seen him sell more than 35 million records worldwide, as well as collaborate with the likes of Gene Pitney, Tony Visconti and, of course, Jools Holland.

Touring with his full live band, Marc Almond will perform songs from across his catalogue of hits, including Tainted Love, Days of Pearly Spencer, Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart, and Say Hello Wave Goodbye.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/marc-almond51736/

Classical Season 2018/19 | RNS Nights Out

A Couple of Swells: Sinatra and Garland’s Musical Movie Magic

Tuesday 14 May, 7.30pm, Sage One

  • Richard Balcombe conductor
  • Soloists including Graham Bickley
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia

A celebration of the movie music of screen legends Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.

Performing hits including Three Coins in the Fountain, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and, of course, We’re a Couple of Swells.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/rns-nights-out-sinatra/

Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds

Wednesday 29 May, 8pm, Sage Two

Widely celebrated as one of the greatest poets of his generation, Benjamin Zephaniah is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls “street politics.”

His poetry, books and plays have captivated hearts and minds, fuelling imaginations and winning him a legion of fans all over the world.

Though his music is lesser known than his written work it is no less fervent. Created alongside his accomplished producer and collaborator The Sea, Revolutionary Minds is a deep selection of dub-reggae juggernauts, the essence and style of which fully reinforce the messages projected through Zephaniah’s powerful lyrics.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/benjamin-zephaniah-and-the-revolutionary-minds/

An Evening With Richard Jobson of The Skids + special guests: Bruce & Jamie Watson of Big Country ‘Songs & Stories’

Tuesday 10 September, 8pm, Sage Two

From school punk to modern day film producer, Richard Jobson has lived a full and colourful life. A harrowing incident as a child that left him suffering with epilepsy, but he was a mere 15 year old when he launched the punk rock band The Skids in 1977 with his songwriting partner Stuart Adamson.

With hit singles including the immortal Into The Valley, after four albums The Skids folded, and Jobson formed The Armoury Show whilst Adamson moved on to form his new band, Big Country.

In the 1980s, Jobson became a familiar face on television as a presenter on 01 For London, and as film reviewer for Sky Television. In June 2013, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Arts) from Edinburgh Napier University.

With a life that has gone full circle, in 2017 he reactivated The Skids. A successful UK tour prompted demand for more shows in 2018 as well as the band’s first new album for over three decades, making this the perfect time to write his memoirs, Into The Valley, which was released in 2018.

Joining Richard will be Bruce and Jamie Watson of Big Country, who will perform their own set before joining Richard for acoustic renditions of his back catalogue.

Fans of The Skids and Big Country will love this!

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/an-evening-with-richard-jobson/

Midge Ure – Vienna & Visage – The 1980 Tour

Tuesday 22 October, 7.30pm, Sage One

At the end of the 1970s, momentous change was afoot in Britain and the world – in society, politics, fashion and culture – and the musical landscape was also about to change forever. The guitar-driven dominance that had propelled rock and punk throughout the decade was about to end, as synthesizers signalled the sound of the future and video transformed the look of the pop charts. The 1980s were about to explode into life and nothing would be the same again.

At the heart of this seismic leap into a futuristic new dawn were two records that set the template for much of what was to follow. Visage’s single, Fade To Grey, from the band’s debut eponymous album and Ultravox’s single, Vienna, from the album of the same name were global hits that shared the same stark ambience, European aesthetic and electronic heart. The albums that birthed those landmark singles expanded that sonic palette even further and brought the art-school alternative into the very centre of the mainstream.

Both records were co-written, recorded and produced by one of the leading characters in British music, Midge Ure, and not only transformed the charts around the globe but his life in the process.

Four decades on, as we come towards the end of another turbulent decade, momentous change is once again afoot in Britain and the world. Can we face the next decade with the optimism and futuristic brightness that flooded the 1980s, and will there be a new cultural birth that will change music, fashion and society?

The 1980 Tour reminds us that these things are possible. Both Vienna and Visage were the sound of the future… and yet still sound unearthly, romantic, impossibly beautiful and full of promise.

Brought to life by Midge Ure and Band Electronica, this is the very first time in the 40 years since it was made that the Vienna album will be performed in its entirety. It is also the first time that many of the songs from the debut Visage album will be played live.

The music will be performed in a stage setting designed to reflect the atmosphere and ambience the albums deserve.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/midge-ure51730/

ALBUMS SHOW: Elio Pace’s Billy Joel Songbook featuring David Brown

Tuesday 5 November, 8pm, Sage Two

The Albums Show is back!

Two more classic Billy Joel albums performed in their entirety, in one sensational show.

There’s just no stopping the incredible success of the critically acclaimed Billy Joel Songbook, led by the phenomenal Elio Pace and his amazing band. Having sold out theatres across the UK and Europe, and due to the huge success of the first Albums Show tour in May 2018, they return in Autumn 2019, this time performing two more Billy Joel classic albums in their entirety, Storm Front and The Stranger.

And if that wasn’t thrilling enough for Billy Joel fans, Elio and his band are delighted to be bringing back their very special guest, direct from the USA, legendary lead guitarist, David Brown. David played lead guitar in Billy Joel’s band from 1978 until 1991, and went on to record and tour with many music icons including Paul McCartney and Simon and Garfunkel.

Elio Pace’s Billy Joel Songbook Albums Show featuring David Brown really is a night of world-class musicianship and ingenious song writing you simply cannot miss!

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/elio-pace-albums-show/