Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce some fantastic shows, which go on sale on Friday 9 March.

Influential DJ and performer Nightmares on Wax comes to the North East to showcase his latest album.
Liverpool legends China Crisis will be performing their classic 1985 album Flaunt the Imperfection live in its entirety, alongside other hits and favourite tracks.

The eighth annual TUSK festival promises to bring the most unique and unusual acts to Sage Gateshead over three days of creative discovery.
These are just some of the great shows that go on sale this Friday at Sage Gateshead.

Alnwick Sings…Rutter’s ‘Magnificat’ and ‘L’Estrange’s Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose’

Sunday 20 May, 6.30pm, Sage One

An exciting double bill from the combined choirs of Alnwick District.

Alexander L’Estrange – Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose

The combined choirs are made up of 250 local singers, and are joined by a children’s choir of 100 members to perform this joyous and brilliantly inventive cantata. It describes, in a fusion of Tudor music and sea shanties, the launch, fighting career and sinking of Henry VIII’s iconic flagship.

The band’s rhythm section is augmented by a fiddle and accordion to produce a jaunty, nautical background and Hanna-Liisa Kirchin, an exceptional mezzo-soprano with an international reputation, provides the narration and additional solos.

Directed by Caroline Fentiman.

John Rutter – Magnificat

This poetic outpouring of praise, joy and trust in God is a delightful interpretation of St Luke’s tribute to the Virgin Mary. The rich sounds of more than 200 singers and the lustrous, powerful voice of Hanna-Liisa Kirchin, accompanied by an instrumental ensemble including harpist Janet Bennett, will inspire and move you.

Rutter’s inimitable style produces tunes that will still be swirling in your head long after the performance.

Directed by Peter Brown

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Newcastle Bach Choir: Mendelssohn: Elijah

Sunday 3 June, 3pm, Sage One

  • Gillian Keith soprano
  • Tom Randle tenor
  • Stephen Gadd baritone
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir
  • Städtische Musikverein Gelsenkirchen
  • Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra
  • Eric Cross conductor

Mendelssohn’s Elijah has remained one of the favourites of the choral repertoire ever since its Birmingham premiere in 1846, its huge popularity due largely to its vivid dramatic writing for both soloists and choir depicting the events in the life of the prophet Elijah.

The combined forces of the Newcastle Bach Choir and The Musikverein, from Newcastle’s twin city Gelsenkirchen, are joined by the Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra and four leading soloists.

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Sona Jobarteh

Tuesday 19 June, 8pm, Sage Two

The kora is traditionally played by male griots, and never by women. This is the woman who decided to change the rules.

She stands as she plays, demonstrating elegant and intricate musicianship, and is a fine singer, with a cool, laid-back style.

She has won over audiences all over the world with her captivating voice and catchy melodies bringing messages about the issues that she champions, including cultural identity, gender, love and respect, whilst remaining utterly faithful to her Gambian heritage.

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Nightmares on Wax plus support

Friday 22 June, 7.30pm, Sage One

Nightmares on Wax is one of the most influential artists of a generation, his music has inspired many musicians and producers across the globe over his quarter decade career.

The marriage of soul, hip-hop, dub and timeless club sounds that Nightmares On Wax has been mutating and perfecting for years finds perhaps its most fluid form yet on his new album, Shape The Future.

Energised by globetrotting runs of studio sessions and DJ sets, this latest album is a masterpiece of contemporary and classic genre-blending that solidifies Nightmares On Wax’s place as an inspirational electronic music figurehead.

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The RAF in Concert Centenary Tour

Thursday 4 October, 7.30pm, Sage One

Join Sage Gateshead for a rousing centenary salute to our Royal Air Force with the Central Band of the RAF.

Prepare to be taken on an exciting journey charting the development of the Royal Air Force from its formation in 1918 through to the present day and beyond.

You’ll be treated to a range of rousing military marches, toe-tapping big band numbers and timeless classical pieces in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

The concert is part of the official RAF100 series of events.

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Tusk and Sage Gateshead Present

TUSK Festival (Weekend Pass)

Friday 12 – Sunday 14 October, Sage Gateshead

TUSK Festival returns for its eighth edition this October, once again bringing its uniquely diverse programme of adventurous international music to the North East of England.

Continuing its partnership with Sage Gateshead, TUSK again makes full use of the landmark building, its flexible public spaces and truly high-end production values to showcase a TUSK 2018 line-up that is as unwavering as ever.

Once more, alongside a truly eclectic and international music menu, and TUSK’s trademark slew of UK debuts, festival-goers can again enjoy the festival’s renowned film programme, exhibitions, talks, installations, interactions and more.

The first line-up announcements for TUSK Festival 2018 are:

  • The godfather of Minimalism legend Terry Riley makes a very rare UK appearance in a duo with his son Gyan
  • Montreal’s renowned synth and drone experimenter Sarah Davachi
  • Tokyo’s hero of noise, improv and, now, Japanese TV and film soundtracks, Otomo Yoshihide
  • Eternal UK underground stalwarts and mental health survivors Ceramic Hobs
  • Konstrukt, the Turkish alt-jazz collective who have collaborated with Keiji Haino, Thurston Moore, William Parker and many more
  • New York duo 75 Dollar Bill make a rare UK appearance with their big city desert rock

Many more acts still to be announced, plus films, talks and more and after-hours actions and exhibitions at The Old Police House and Workplace Gallery.

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China Crisis

Friday 23 November, 8pm, Sage Two

Liverpool legends China Crisis will be performing their classic 1985 album Flaunt the Imperfection live in its entirety, alongside other hits and favourite tracks.

The band, who boast seven studio albums, as well as 12 live albums and compilations, have found success across the decades since they formed in 1979.

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