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New Year New Artists festival returns

New Year New Artists festival at the Sage Gateshead


Sage Gateshead will be showcasing rising music stars of the future in January, when the New Year New Artists festival returns.

Celebrating the UK’s most exciting contemporary musicians from indie, folk, jazz and classical, New Year New Artists is set to take over Sage Gateshead from 26 to 28 January.

Now in its third year, the festival is an opportunity for music lovers to support the artists of tomorrow and boast that they ‘saw them here first’.

The festival kicks off with two concerts on Friday night. In Sage Two, Leeds-born Paul Thomas Saunders brings his psychedelic soundscapes to the venue for the first time. Supporting Paul is County Durham’s Harri Endersby and Brooke Bentham from South Shields. Growing up in the region’s thriving folk scene, Harri’s music has been heavily influenced by the region’s crowd of prestigious folk singers and musicians. Brooke, 21, wrote her debut single at the age of 16 and has been described as having “one of the most beautiful new voices of recent times.”

Sage One will host two star soloists of tomorrow, viola player Sindy Mohamed and pianist Aaron Pilsan, plus the winner of the Young Composers’ Competition, who will be announced during the weekend. During the festival, audiences will have the chance to hear the three competition finalists and vote for their favourite along with the jury.

Saturday afternoon brings an assortment of artists to Sage Two and the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, including Swedish Grammy-nominated violist Ellen Nisbeth, prestigious ARD International Music Competition prize-winning percussionist Christoph Sietzen, and visionary and innovative trumpet player Tamás Pálfalvi. All three young classical artists have been selected by some of the premier concert halls in Europe from the European Concert Hall Organisation network (ECHO) as the leading chamber musicians of the next generation.

Also performing in Sage Two will be winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’ The Rheingans Sisters, and Indian classical vocalist Keertan Kaur Rehal. A night of the best up-and-coming bands in the North East will also take place in Sage Two, with sets from indie rock four-piece VITO, electro pop trio Shamu, and mysterious six-piece band Shy-Talk.

Mali Hayes, who has been lauded by Jamie Cullum and Giles Petersen, will perform music from her debut EP on the concourse with her four-piece band, and a new album by six young composers, New Wave 2, will be launched in Northern Rock Foundation Hall. It is the end of a nine-month artist development project involving workshops with Royal Northern Sinfonia musicians and mentoring from professional composers.

On Sunday, Ohio-born, Nashville-based, singer-songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan will make his North East debut, bringing his eclectic, critically acclaimed sound to Sage Two. Often compared to Sturgill Simpson, he has toured with Lady Gaga and the New York Dolls, and has been called ‘country’s new hope’.

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, said: “New Year New Artists is about bringing together a wide range of rising stars from across the musical spectrum. It celebrates international artists that have a virtuosic level of talent, who might not be so well-known in the North East yet, as well as artists closer to home, who are on the cusp of great things.

“For audiences it is about having a go and experiencing music that you might not have heard before. We keep the sets short, so none of them will be longer than 50 minutes and it is a rolling programme that you can dip in and out of through the day and evening.

Tickets for New Year New Artists can be bought at or by calling our Ticket Office 0191 443 4661.

The Festival is produced by Sage Gateshead in association with NARC. magazine.




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