Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce some fantastic shows, which go on sale on Friday 11 May.

Domestic goddess Nigella Lawson spends an evening sharing stories and top tips.

Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics frontman, Paul Carrack, showcases some of his classic hits.

60s pop favourite, Amen Corner’s Andy Fairweather Low, presents his international hits, accompanied by an extended brass section and Hammond organ.

These are just some of the shows going on sale today. Get your tickets now at Sage Gateshead.

Bettye LaVette

Tuesday 17 July, 8pm, Sage Two

Soul icon Bettye LaVette returns with album of Bob Dylan songs.

For her tenth album, and first album on a major label in nearly thirty years, legendary soul singer Bettye LaVette takes on the songs of Bob Dylan with grit and experience.

Things Have Changed is a masterpiece of interpretation of one of the greatest songwriters alive performed by one of the greatest soul singers alive. Keith Richards and Trombone Shorty also guest on the album.

Things Have Changed spans more than five decades of Dylan songs, from 1964’s immortal The Times They Are A-Changin’, up to Ain’t Talkin,’ the epic final track on his 2006 album Modern Times.

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Sixty Years of Folk: The Bridge Folk Club at Sage Gateshead

Friday 14 September, 8pm, Sage Two

Help Sage Gateshead celebrate sixty years of North East folk music.

In 1958, inspired by the folk revival, Johnny Handle and Louis Killen had the idea of forming The Folksong and Ballad Club, now known as The Bridge Folk Club, which meets every Monday in The Bridge Hotel Newcastle.

Expect an evening of surprises. Take a walk down memory lane, to the heady days of The High Level Ranters, remember those no longer with us, courtesy of Doc Rowe’s archive, and look to the future, sharing our pride in some of our younger artists. Our guests for the evening are the Wilson Family, so come along ready to sing.

However, the star of the show is sure to be the folk club raffle.

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Andy Fairweather Low and The Low Riders Featuring The Hi Riders Soul Revue

Thursday 4th October, 8pm, Sage Two

Andy Fairweather Low came to prominence as the lead singer in Amen Corner. The 60s saw them clock up hit after pop hit. Songs including Bend Me Shape Me, Hello Suzy, and (If Paradise is) Half As Nice are internationally remembered to this day.

This tour also features the extended line up including the addition of the Hi Riders Special Soul Review, an extended brass section and Hammond organ throughout the show.

  • Andy Fairweather Low – Guitar and Vocals
  • Dave Bronze – Bass and Vocals
  • Paul Beavis – Drums
  • Nick Pentelow – Sax and Clarinet
  • Richard Milner – Hammond Organ
  • Pete Cook – Baritone Sax
  • Matt Winch – Trumpet

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An Evening with Nigella Lawson

Monday 15 October, 7.30pm, Sage One

Nigella Lawson established herself as a household name in 1998, with the publication of her ground-breaking debut cookbook, How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food. Her engaging, conversational writing style, along with a relaxed approach to cooking has inspired a new generation of home cooks, and today she has 11 bestselling books and several hit TV series to her name, making her a global food icon.

This autumn, come and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nigella’s first book, as she talks about her life in food and what she’s cooking right now. Charming, witty and entertaining, Nigella will be interviewed by a range of authors, journalists and foodies during her tour, getting to the heart of what it means to be an award-winning author, TV cook and all-round food enthusiast.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an evening of fascinating conversation with the champion of home cooking.

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65daysofstatic :: Decomposition Theory

Saturday 24 November, 8pm, Sage Two

Fresh from their critically acclaimed, infinitely-long and decidedly non-linear soundtrack to the universe-sized No Man’s Sky video game, and as active contributors to the burgeoning live-coding and ‘algorave’ scenes, with Decomposition Theory, 65daysofstatic are once again refusing to be easily categorised.

Inspired by the ‘show us your screens’ attitude of live coders, their Decomposition Theory audio visual show uses generative visuals to reveal the inner workings of 65’s musical algorithms. The code flashes by, logging every musical event as the band curate and sculpt the generative output in real-time. The musical process, not the band, is placed front and centre.

This is ambitious, utopian thinking from a band at the top of its game.

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Bruce Molsky

Thursday 13 December, 8pm, Sage Two

He’s a self-described “street kid” from the Bronx, who bailed on college and big city life for a cold-water cabin in Virginia in the 1970s. His mission was to soak up the passion that was dramatically upending his parent’s life plan for him, authentic Appalachian mountain music, at the feet of its legendary pioneers, old masters who are now long gone.

Today, Bruce Molsky is one of the most revered “multi-hyphenated career” ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music. For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer, ethnomusicologist and educator, a recording artist with an expansive discography including seven solo albums, well over a dozen collaborations and two Grammy-nominations. He’s also the classic “musician’s musician,” a man who’s received high praise from diverse fans and collaborators like Linda Ronstadt, Mark Knopfler, Celtic giants Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine, jazzer Bill Frisell and dobro master Jerry Douglas.

Molsky digs deep to transport audiences to another time and place, with his authentic feel for and the unearthing of almost-forgotten rarities from the Southern Appalachian songbook. Molsky seduces audiences with a combination of rhythmic and melodic virtuosity and relaxed conversational wit, a uniquely humanistic, down home approach that can make Carnegie Hall feel like a front porch or intimate jam session.

In addition to his many live performances as a solo and with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, Bruce will be kept away from his home in New York, by his work as a visiting scholar at the old American Roots Music Program at Berklee, and through fiddling workshops and summer music camps he conducts for devotees in the USA and abroad.

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Jez Lowe’s Thor’d Out!

Friday 28 December, 8pm, Sage Two

It’s Christmas Day in the Long House!

Join Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies as they shelter from a Viking winter, huddled around the roaring fire beneath the rafters of the Great Hall.

Jez’s annual Christmas tour has become quite a tradition in recent years, striking out from their native North East England to entertain audiences across the whole of the UK.

This year, the band once again invites special guest Benny Graham, to join them on a journey across the Great North Sea, to share the songs and tales of the Northlands.

Part folk concert, part music-hall revue. Sing along, laugh along, and drive the cold winter away.

Watch out! The long ships are sailing up the Tyne.

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Paul Carrack 2019 Tour

Sunday 27 January 2019, 7.30pm, Sage One

Legendary Sheffield-born singer, songwriter and former front man of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics returns to the road with his band in early 2019, performing in 29 venues across the UK.

With a back-catalogue of hits to his name including How Long, Tempted and The Living Years, Paul’s uniquely soulful voice is a must for his millions of fans around the world. Some of the biggest names in music, including The Eagles, Diana Ross, and Tom Jones, have performed his amazing songs. He is constantly in demand as a session keyboardist, having recorded and toured with Elton John, Van Morrison, Roger Waters, BB King, and most recently on Eric Clapton’s world tour.

Dubbed by the BBC as ‘The Man with the Golden Voice’, Paul is undoubtedly a key figure in British pop history, and an all-round musical talent.

As his devoted fans know all too well, a Paul Carrack show is truly something very special.

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