Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce some fantastic shows, which go on sale on Friday 8 June.

80s pop icon and internet meme Rick Astley showcases his new album, Beautiful Life.

Mountain bike adventurer Hans Rey takes the audience on an inspiring journey through his 30-year career.

Alex Thomas pays tribute to the late, great David Bowie by performing some of his iconic hits in Live on Mars.

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

Joshua Hedley

Friday 7 September, 8pm, Sage Two

With the release of his highly anticipated debut album Mr. Jukebox, Joshua Hedley will embrace the role he was born to play: this generation’s classic country champion.

An accomplished fiddle player, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the instrument as a child. He got his hands on his own fiddle at age 8, and by 12, he was playing with middle-aged pickers at the VFW. At 19, he moved from his native Florida to Nashville, where he became an in-demand sideman at Robert’s Western World and other bars, and ultimately, a well-respected frontman. Armed with an easy croon and prodigious fiddle playing, he became known as the Mayor of Lower Broad. He hit the road to perform with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle, and more, while the 2015 documentary Heartworn Highways Revisited featured Hedley prominently.

Hedley didn’t start writing his own songs until he was about 28 years-old. So on the backend of his 20s, he finally started writing, eventually unlocking a flood of clarity and creativity. The heartbreaking, distilled, defiantly classic country that poured out of him became Mr. Jukebox, a salve and beacon for 60s honky-tonk devotees everywhere.

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Rick Astley plus very special guest Gabrielle

Monday 29 October & Tuesday 30 October, 7.30pm, Sage One

Two years ago Rick Astley returned with an album that surprised everyone, even himself. His number 1 album 50 sold more than 300,000 copies, and was one of the biggest selling albums of 2016. What was even more incredible was that Rick wrote, produced and played every instrument on that comeback disc.

And guess what? He’s only gone and done it again! His new album, Beautiful Life, is released on 20 July. Each of the twelve tracks are written, produced and played by Rick. Highlights are many and include the Chic-flavoured title track, the evocative Rise Up, the insanely catchy Try and the warm childhood memories of The Good Old Days.

After selling more than 100,000 tickets on his 2017 tour, Rick and his band are on the road again, joined by very special guest Gabrielle.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Rick Astley has sold in excess of 40 million records worldwide. His album 50 has more than 10 million UK streams, with 20 million worldwide, while his classic Never Gonna Give You Up has had in excess of 140 million streams on Spotify alone!

Beautiful Life looks set to be one of the most exciting releases of the year.

There’s no denying, Rick Astley is back and here to stay.

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Live On Mars – A Tribute to David Bowie

Tuesday 4 December, 7.30pm, Sage One

The Very Best of David Bowie.

Following its hugely successful tour in 2017, Live On Mars returns to continue its amazing journey celebrating the very best of iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship.

Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances, Live On Mars fuses sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie, his alter egos and creative muses, with a stunning light show and state of the art visuals and animation.

Featuring the electrifying vocals and uncanny likeness of singer, and lifelong Bowie fan, Alex Thomas, with a hand picked world-class band, covering the Bowie back-catalogue from Space Oddity to Let’s Dance and everything in between, Live On Mars is the definitive show that all generations of Bowie fans have been waiting for.

Set list includes: The Jean Genie, Space Oddity, Life on Mars, Ziggy Stardust, Heroes, Ashes to Ashes, All The Young Dudes, Let’s Dance, The Man Who Sold The World, Changes, China Girl, Fashion, Moonage Daydream, Fame, Starman, Rebel Rebel, Sound & Vision, Modern Love, and Young Americans.

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Maddy Prior & The Carnival band with Carols and Capers

Wednesday 12 December, 7.30pm, Sage One

Following the hugely popular 25th anniversary Christmas tour, renowned folk singer Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the Festive Season for their unique celebratory show, Carols and Capers.

Together they mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare.

This will guarantee to be a Christmas Party to remember.

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The Demon Barbers: The Lock in ‘Christmas Carol’

Thursday 20 December, 8pm, Sage Two

The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’ featuring The Demon Barbers.

It’s Christmas Eve, and the regulars of The Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the night ahead. It’s going to be the Folk & Hip Hop dance party of the year. To their dismay, the landlady, Jasmineezer Scrooge, has more profitable ambitions and is preparing to launch her new business, the Oompah Techno Bar. Cheap alcopops, luminous lighting, and mind-numbing bass beats are all in danger of alienating the local community and ruining Christmas. Fortunately, some insightful souls are at hand to lead her back to her senses.

Featuring ‘folk powerhouse’ The Demon Barbers and artists from Breaking Tradition Dance Company, get ready for a new seasonal repertoire and a slightly unhinged approach to a family friendly stage show.

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Hans Rey: Riding Life

Friday 25 January 2019, 8pm, Sage Two

Hans Rey, the former World Champion, pioneer of Freeride, Mountain Bike Hall of Famer, and mountain bike adventurer, will take audiences on an inspiring journey through his 30 year career and show you some of the best trails and destinations worldwide.

Covering his early riding days in Germany, the mountain bike boom in America, his extreme biking feats and adventures, which include the first bike descent of Mount Kenya, riding the Indian Himalayas, the Alps and Inca Trail, and traversing the Sinai Desert.

Hans will also offer his vision on the future of the sport and what keeps him motivated, and how his charity Wheels4Life is changing the world one bike at a time.

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Leo Houlding – The Spectre Expedition

Sunday 10 February 2019, 8pm, Sage Two

The Spectre Expedition: To the End of the Earth, presented by Speakers from the Edge

1000 miles, 200+ kgs, 60 days, 1 incredible mountain. The story of Leo Houlding’s daring dream to reach the summit of the most remote mountain on Earth; The Spectre, Antarctica.

A tale of ambition, adventure, friendship and endeavour, uncovering some of the less known facts and history of the great white continent as well as other stories of cutting edge, vertical exploration.

Illustrated with inspirational photography, high impact video, impressive graphics and interactive maps.

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The Classic Rock Show

Sunday 3 February 2019, 7.30pm, Sage One

From AC/DC to ZZ Top and everything in between, including Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Queen, The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Meatloaf, plus much much more.

Anthem after anthem, riff after riff, solo after solo, The Classic Rock Show brings the original recordings back to life on stage with a huge sound and light show to match.

Culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not to be missed.

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