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Week commencing Monday 27 May at Sage Gateshead


The Waterboys

Wednesday 29 May, 7pm

The Waterboys return with their spectacular two-part show, featuring the already classic seven-piece line-up they debuted in 2018.

The band will take the stage early as no support act will be featured and will play a long and generous set in two halves.

Centred as always around the guitar and vocals of Mike Scott, The Waterboys feature electric fiddle maestro Steve Wickham, Memphis soul man Brother Paul on keyboards; Aongus “funkiest man in Ireland” Ralston on bass; Jess Kav and Zeenie Summers on backing vocals and and top British drummer Ralph Salmins.

About Steve Wickham, DJ Chris Evans said: “I’ve had Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on my show but the best guitar solo we’ve ever had was played on this man’s fiddle.”

They promise an incendiary set comprising brilliant new material and the best of their recent and vintage work. The band’s last three albums Out Of All This Blue (2017), Modern Blues (2015) and An Appointment With Mr Yeats (2011) re-established them as one of the crucial bands currently working out of these islands.

Many of their songs including Fisherman’s Blues, The Whole Of The Moon and How Long Will I Love You have become modern classics and they remain one of the most unmissable live acts in the world.

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Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds

Wednesday 29 May, 8pm

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, the Revolutionary Minds album is a deep selection of dub-reggae juggernauts, the essence and style of which fully reinforce the messages projected through Zephaniah’s powerful lyrics.

Radikal Queen speaks the Blues to music, with a majestic set that is blessed with the traditions of her Ancestors, from all over the planet and featuring Ojay, the awesome Bass Guy of Newcastle. Radikal Queen is a passionate cultural activist, a polemical, political, and melodical performer who defies definition. Her fusion of Black music, political thought and outrageous femininity awaits you.

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Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Masterclass

Friday 31 May, 6pm

The masterclass will be delivered by a senior makeup artists from Fenwick’s Charlotte Tilbury counter and will include:

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Howard Jones Plus Support China Crisis

Saturday 1 June, 7pm

Acclaimed synthpop pioneer Howard Jones celebrates both the release of his brand new album, Transform, and 35th anniversary of the release of his debut album, Human’s Lib. Howard will be joined by very special guests China Crisis.

Transform, Howard’s first release since 2015’s multi-media album Engage is scheduled for May 2019 and sees Howard returning to his electronic pop roots.

Howard is in some of the best live form of his life, 2018 was packed with 50 headline US shows and a summer of festival appearances.

As well as performing songs from the new album, concert goers can expect to hear many classic songs including What Is Love, New Song, Pearl In The Shell, Things Can Only Get Better and Hide and Seek.

Joining Howard will be China Crisis. Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly will be performing their unique and glorious Mersyside pop with hits such as Wishful Thinking, Black Man Ray and Working With Fire and Steel.

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Smoove & Turrell – Solid Brass – Ten Years of Northern Funk

Saturday 1 June, 8pm

Smoove & Turrell celebrate 10 years as one of the UK’s most popular live funk and soul acts with a special album Solid Brass – 10 Years of Northern Funk.

“To say Smoove & Turrell are one of the greatest modern soul bands to emerge from the UK would be an epic understatement” – Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music

Solid Brass will contain 18 of the biggest tracks from their five albums with all the live show favourites present and correct plus two brand new tracks.

There will be a limited-edition double LP alongside a CD release to support the tour.

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