- A ground-breaking opportunity to see a late musical icon in The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa
- Ivor Novello Award winning singer-songwriter, Jamie Lawson
- National treasure Harry Redknapp tells stories from his football days and his time in the jungle
Jamie Lawson plus Andy Burrows
Monday 6 May, 7.30pm, Sage Two
Ivor Novello Award winning singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson was a seasoned performer on the Irish music scene before finding fame when his track Wasn’t Expecting That became an overnight YouTube sensation.
In 2015, Lawson became the first act signed to Ed Sheeran’s Warner Bros. imprint Gingerbread Man Records, and his self-titled third LP arrived later that year. After tours with Sheeran and One Direction, he returned to the studio to record a follow-up. His fourth album, Happy Accidents, which featured the single Can’t See Straight, was co-written with Sheeran and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid and released in 2017.
Cocaine Piss plus Blóm and Mouses
Monday 6 May, 7.45pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
Ever since coming into twisted existence in 2014 in the Belgian city of Liège, pretty much as a bad taste joke, Cocaine Piss never really had time to consider such fine details, like having a band name that you can safely say in public, or just having any kind of plan for anything. They just revved the engine of the rocket and watched it launch, and before they knew it, it was flying sky-high.
Cocaine Piss are also a great example of the many things you can accomplish while not being an asshole. Their music might be nasty, provocative, dirty and mean, but their message is always a positive one that should leave a mark as deep as their riffs will cut.
Samantha Fish plus Curse of Lono
Tuesday 7 May, 7.30pm, Sage Two
After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha Fish quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world.
Since then, the charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer, while releasing a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions.
An Evening with Harry Redknapp
Wednesday 8 May, 7.30pm, Sage One
With a career spanning more than six decades, having been spotted by a football scout at the tender age of 11, Harry Redknapp has plenty of tales to tell about life on and off the pitch.
The I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winner and famous football manager will be telling stories from his football days and his time in the jungle.
Join the national treasure as he shares his adventures from player, to manager, to King of the Jungle.
Expect a hilarious evening with the man, the legend, known to most as… ‘Arry
Includes an audience Q&A.
Trish Clowes’ My Iris plus Zoe Gilby Andy Champion Voice and Double Bass Duo
Wednesday 8 May, 8pm, Sage Two
This intense and thrilling band led by acclaimed saxophonist and BASCA award-winning composer Trish Clowes represents the front rank of the contemporary UK jazz scene.
Lauded for her imaginative approach to improvisation and composition, Clowes provides her bandmates Ross Stanley (piano/Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and James Maddren (drums) with a unique platform for individual expression, delivering driving grooves and lingering melodic lines, seamlessly morphing between earthy restlessness and futuristic dreamscapes.
The band will be performing material from their new album, Ninety Degrees Gravity, with compelling atmospheres inspired by the idea of a universal language in Denis Villeneuve’s film, Arrival.
Supporting is Zoe Gilby Andy Champion Voice and Double Bass Duo.
The Kingdom Choir Plus Special Guests
Thursday 9 May, 7.30pm, Sage One
The Kingdom Choir are known for their angelic and spellbinding performance at the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.
The Kingdom Choir are a unique group of seasoned and dedicated men and women delivering high quality performances time after time with their strong blend of choral discipline with the raw Gospel spiritual sound. Their extraordinary talent, sound, energy and ability to execute have kept them in high demand nationally and internationally for well over a decade.
The choir’s continued delivery of excellence has led to many public broadcast appearances such as Songs of Praise, BBC’s The One Show, ITV Good Morning Britain and Sunday Morning Worship on BBC Radio 2.
They have also featured in the film Tube Tales, the TV series Maisie Raine, an advert for Orange and have been featured alongside the BBC Philharmonic in ‘The Hurricane’ for BBC Radio 4’s Easter Sunday Worship.
Classical Season 2018/19
Royal Northern Sinfonia: Trout Quintet – Dementia Friendly
Friday 10 May, 12.30pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
- Alasdair Beatson Piano
- Royal Northern Sinfonia
A performance of Schubert’s Trout Quintet, carefully tailored for people with dementia and their families or carers so that everyone can enjoy classical music in an environment that is comfortable and supportive.
This happy and uplifting music reflects the mood of 22-year-old Franz Schubert after leaving the bustling streets of Vienna behind for a summer holiday in Upper Austria’s mountains and meadows. Life seemed full of promise for the young composer in that summer of 1819. His name was at last being recognised in Vienna, his many songs were proving popular – and this break would open his eyes to new, less hectic but inspirational surroundings.
This performance is dementia friendly:
- There will be additional signage around Sage Gateshead, with symbols and pictures
- There will be additional staff on hand to help
- The house lights will be up slightly
- A quiet room will be available before, during and after the performance
- The seating arrangements will be flexible and visitors can move seats during the performance
- Audience members are able to move around the hall or come in and out
- If a familiarisation visit would be helpful, or you have questions regarding wheelchair access or disabled parking, we would be very happy to help. Just contact our Box Office on 0191 443 4661 for more information
One free ticket is available for the essential carer of those who need assistance to attend this performance. (Carers’ tickets cannot be booked online)
The performance will last approximately 45 minutes with no interval.
Friday 10 May, 8pm, Sage Two
The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into the breath-taking sound of the ground-breaking band, Flook.
This group possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.
Saturday 11 May, 7.45pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
A Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to folk music; the other the years she spent soaking up Appalachian music in West Virginia.
Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and song-writing abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as NPR, CBC Radio, Rolling Stone, BBC Music, and No Depression.
Kaia started her career early, crafting her first EP, Old Soul (2013), when she was just out of high school.
Since then, she’s gone on to release two more albums, Sorrow Bound (2015) and Nine Pin (2016). Her most recent album weaves between hard-hitting songs that touch on social issues like the Black Lives Matter movement (Rising Down, Paradise Fell) and more personal narratives speaking to life and love in the digital age (Saint Elizabeth).
Nine Pin won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Stingray Rising Star Award and sent Kaia on an 18-month touring journey from Ireland to Iowa, including stops at The Kennedy Centre, Hillside Festival and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush.
The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa
Saturday 11 May, 8pm, Sage One
“This mind-melting show we’re putting together celebrates the music, often surreal imagery and humour synonymous with Frank” – Ahmet Zappa
Live music’s premier hologram production company Eyellusion, has announced that a who’s who of Zappa fan favourite musicians will support The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa hologram tour.
The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa hologram tour band is comprised of former bandmates for this monumental series of shows.
The touring unit boasts guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin and drummer and Zappa archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers with special guests set to join in on some shows.
Hours of never-before-seen Zappa performance footage from the early seventies will form the basis of the can’t miss concert spectacle.
The tour is produced in close cooperation with the Zappa Family Trust.
Classical Season 2018/19 | Small is Beautiful
Saturday 11 May, 8pm, Sage Two
- Alasdair Beatson piano
- Royal Northern Sinfonia
- I Holst Phantasy Quartet
- Thomas Adès Piano Quintet
- Schubert Trout Quintet
Bubbling over with melody and humour, Schubert’s Trout Quintet is pretty much the most fun five musicians can have together. And the audience gets to share the joy!
Characterful mini-masterpieces by Thomas Adès and Imogen Holst set the mood.
Folkworks: Melrose Quartet
Sunday 12 May, 8pm, Sage Two
Melrose Quartet are truly an all-round folk act, with both tight acapella harmony and energy-packed instrumentals.
They comprise leading English musicians Nancy Kerr (2015 BBC Folk Singer of the Year), James Fagan, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith with twin fiddles, guitar and bouzouki, melodeon and four strong voices.
From deep roots in their hometown’s vibrant music, song and dance scene, to smashing concert appearances in the UK and abroad, Sheffield-based Melrose Quartet have attracted a reputation for making music that truly connects with people.
All four are internationally renowned singers, instrumentalists, writer/composers and teachers and in 2017 they were proud to be named the new patrons of Whitby Folk week.