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Sage Gateshead New Year New Artists

New Year New Artists

This January Sage Gateshead will showcase the stars of the future in a two day festival of exciting new music. Across two eclectic days, New Year New Artists (27 & 28 January 2017) brings together rising stars from across the contemporary and classical music spectrum in one diverse showcase event.

New Year New Artists is an opportunity to open your ears, support the artists of tomorrow and boast that you saw them here first.  The festival opens with two concerts on Friday night.  In Sage Two Newcastle-based singer-songwriter and pianist Ditte Elly will perform alongside a 10 piece orchestra and choir exploring the history, myth and beauty of the North East through her North Sea Project.  Supporting Ditte is the fantastic fellow locale singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby.  Sage One sees three classical stars of tomorrow, hand-selected by Music Director Lars Vogt: Danae Dörken (piano), Asya Fateyeva (saxophone) and Gabriel Schwabe (cello).

Saturday afternoon brings a diverse range of artists to Sage Two and Northern Rock Foundation Hall.  Expect memorable performances from the likes of Viennese Pianist Christopher Park, award-winning sitarist, Jasdeep Singh Degun, Portuguese clarinettist Horácio Ferreira, winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Talisk, Georgian pianist Mariam Batashvili, the un-miss-able Elliot Galvin Trio and last but certainly not least, violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen.

The evening session is a contemporary triple bill of three exciting emerging artists from alt-country/soul to electronic art-pop. Amythyst Kiah is a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter from Tennessee. Drawing heavily on Old Time music such as the Mississippi Sheiks, her sound is also derived from a lot of contemporary artists, as well as RnB and country music spanning the 50s through 70s. 

Glasgow-based duo and BBC Introducing act, Amandah Wilkinson and ex Dananananaykroyd Baillie Jnr, Bossy Love aren’t your typical RnB/pop pair and, live, they are a force to be reckoned with. Lauded by critics as ‘one to watch’ after their self released tracks Sweat It Outand Body last year.  The powerful debut single that followed, Want Some treated listeners to a dose of ‘tropical R&B’ meets hard hip hop beats.

Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music.  Her sound is frequently described as ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre-defying,’ straddling the different worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock.  She has been Composer in Residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RPS/PRS ‘Composer in the House’ with Sinfonia ViVA, the classical music representative for the 2009 South Bank Show ‘Breakthrough Award’ and winner of the 2010 Paul Hamlyn Award for composers. 

Opening night performer Ditte Elly, explains just why the festival is important to her:  I’ve been living up here for just over 5 years now, and found the music scene incredibly welcoming and exciting from day one. It feels really great to be part of the community here, and the New Year New Artists festival seems like a great way to celebrate that.”

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme at Sage Gateshead added: New Year New Artists is a really exciting way for us to kick off the year at Sage Gateshead as it brings together fresh new artists from right across the musical spectrum in one two day taster festival. It showcases local North East and international talent and the Saturday day and evening pass is a great chance to immerse yourself in a huge range of fantastic new music in one exhilarating day.”

This event is all about excellence with an emphasis on new music and is a real chance to open your ears to something different so bookers are urged to take advantage of the Saturday pass, a combined day and evening ticket, which gives access to all performances for a discounted price. 

New Year New Artists takes place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January 2017.  To book tickets please go to or visit Sage Gateshead Ticket Office either in person (open from 12noon) or by calling 0191 443 4661.

The festival is produced by Sage Gateshead in association with NARC. Magazine.




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