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What’s on next week at Sage Gateshead

Next week (week commencing 22nd January) at Sage Gateshead


Sage Gateshead has a fantastic week in store, featuring the musical stars of tomorrow in the New Year New Artists festival.

Early in the week, musical project This is the Kit takes over Sage Two to showcase their new album Moonshine Freeze.

Fresh from a sell-out worldwide tour, The Simon & Garfunkel Story brings the spirit of one of the world’s best-loved duos to Sage Gateshead.

For fans of the sounds of the 60s and 70s, Big Girls Don’t Cry – Celebrating The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons has all the hits from the greatest decades in music history.

Tickets are still available for this eclectic mix of shows, taking place week commencing 22nd January.


This is the Kit plus Emma Gatrill

Tuesday 23 January, 8pm, Sage Two

This Is The Kit, the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart, have earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. Their new album, Moonshine Freeze, is undoubtedly their most compelling and accomplished to date. It began in the immediate wake of its predecessor, Bashed Out, when days after coming off tour last November, Stables and her band headed into Geoff Barrow’s Invada studios in Bristol. Aaron Dessner of The National also features on six of the album tracks.

Though the album’s songs were already written before heading into the studio, Stables says she had no fierce vision for how they should sound, preferring to let them take shape with the input of her band.

Sonically, Moonshine Freeze is a beguiling mixture of great musical sophistication and something more guileless, including children’s games, incantations and snatches of nursery rhymes. Stables’ voice too is a remarkable thing, in its angles there lies an exquisite strangeness reminiscent of Will Oldham, Magnolia Electric Co, Robert Wyatt, and Karen Dalton.

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The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Wednesday 24 January, 7.30pm, Sage One

Direct from it’s success at London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, a sold out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back.

Using huge projection photos, original film footage and a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Sound of Silence, and many more.

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Big Girls Don’t Cry – Celebrating The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Thursday 25 January, 7.30pm, Sage One

The 10th Anniversary Tour, celebrating a decade of Big Girls Don’t Cry featuring The East Coast Boys

Step back in time, to the era of romance where gents were gents, and gals were gals. Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band.

During the sixties and seventies number one hits Sherry, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll and Big Girls Don’t Cry helped propel the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli to super stardom.

After selling an incredible 100 million records worldwide, there’s a Four Seasons song that shares a special place in everyone’s heart. This internationally acclaimed show authentically revives the sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest.

It showcases Frankie’s incredible falsettos, and features his solo hits like Grease, Let’s Hang On, Working My Way Back to You, Beggin’, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and Who Loves You.

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Classical Season 2017/18 | RNS At Home

RNS: New Year New Artists

Friday 26 January, 7.30pm, Sage One

See rising stars of the future as part of New Year New Artists, a festival showcasing the UK’s most exciting contemporary musicians from indie, folk, jazz and classical.

Lars Vogt conductor

Sindy Mohamed viola

Aaron Pilsan piano

Royal Northern Sinfonia

  • Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
  • Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1
  • Sally Beamish Under the Wing of the Rock
  • Young Composers Competition Winner New Work
  • Haydn Symphony No.47 ‘Palindrome’

The Sage Gateshead New Year New Artists festival returns for another year with two star soloists of tomorrow, plus the winner of our Young Composers’ Competition.

The pre-concert talk will include a performance, giving the audience a chance to hear the three competition finalists, and vote along with the jury. If you’re interested in the future of classical music, come along and find out more.

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New Year New Artists: Paul Thomas Saunders plus Brooke Bentham and Harri Endersby

Friday 26 January, 7.45pm, Sage Two

See rising stars of the future as part of New Year New Artists, showcasing the UK’s most exciting contemporary musicians.

Paul Thomas Saunders’ latest single, I’ll Come Running was described as a “stark, seismic song with weighty sentiments that rupture the fibres in your body” by Line of Best Fit. With folk-rock trio The Staves among his fans, you’ll want to see Paul in his first performance at Sage Gateshead.

Fresh from a Summer Studios residency, Harri Endersby makes her Sage Two debut. Growing up in County Durham and its thriving folk scene, Harri’s music has been heavily influenced by the region’s crowd of prestigious folk singers and musicians, her lyrics being firmly rooted in the pastoral and the world of story-telling. She plays music from her new album, Homes/Lives.

Breakthrough singer-songwriter Brooke Bentham, 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.” The lyrics and voice of this South Shields native might take you by surprise. It carries the weight of someone who’s lived a hundred lives already.

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New Year New Artists in association with NARC. magazine.


New Year New Artists (Day Ticket)

Saturday 27 January, 12pm, Sage Two | Northern Rock Foundation Hall

New Year New Artists: Ellen Nisbeth, Keertan Kaur Rehal, Tamas Palfalvi, The Rheingans Sisters, Christoph Sietzen.

See rising stars of the future as part of New Year New Artists, showcasing the UK’s most exciting contemporary musicians. Saturday afternoon brings a diverse range of musicians to the New Year New Artists festival. One ticket price allows entry to all afternoon performances – a great opportunity to try something new and listen to music from a range of genres including, folk, jazz and classical.

The three young classical artists have been selected by the premier concert halls in Europe from the European Concert Hall Organisation network (ECHO), as the leading chamber musicians of the next generation.


Ellen Nisbeth

12.30pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Swedish Grammy-nominated violist Ellen Nisbeth is recognised for her natural integrity and stage presence. Her outstanding talent combined with a profound love for music has made Ellen pursue a career as a solo violist and chamber musician.

Ellen earned respect when she won the 2012 Swedish Soloist Prize as the first violist ever, and in 2013 she won the Nordic Soloist Prize at Bergen International Festival.


Keertan Kaur Rehal

1.40pm, Sage Two

Keertan’s interest in music began at the age of four when she was first introduced to the harmonium and began learning Gurbani Kirtan from Dharambir Ji and Gunwant Kaur at the Sikh Centre in Leeds. From that she quickly developed and took part in several group and individual performances and competitions.

In 2011, Keertan had the privilege to further enhance her musicianship under the tutelage of the legendary Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty Ji, Kaushiki Chakraborty Ji and Parthasarathi Ji. She has performed numerous times across the UK.

This performance is presented with GemArts.


Tamas Palfalvi

2.50pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall

25-year old Hungarian Tamás Pálfalvi already stands out as one of the most visionary and innovative trumpet players of today.

His enormous virtuosity, stage presence and extraordinary musical concept won him first place at the Fanny-Mendelssohn-Förderpreis, a German competition that was created to reward not only the performance of young musicians, but also their conceptual skills and creativity. Additionally he was awarded with the WEMAG Soloist Award at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.


The Rheingans Sisters

4pm, Sage Two

Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’, The Rheingans Sisters make bold, playful, innovative folk music that is anchored in traditions without ever being bound by them.

Audiences across the world have been captivated by their performances, each one an authentic invitation to participate in an intuitive musical conversation between two musicians at the height of their powers.


Christoph Sietzen

5.10pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Percussionist Christoph Sietzen was a prize winner at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in 2014, and received the Pizzicato Supersonic Award for his first solo CD in 2017. Christoph has been praised by the media as an outstanding talent, and a refreshingly natural musician notable for his technical mastery and powerful stage presence.

He has appeared at such major concert halls as Athenaeum Bucharest, the Berlin and Vienna Konzerthaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.


Mali Hayes

6.15pm, Concourse

Lauded by Jamie Cullum and Gilles Petersen Mali Hayes is a singer-songwriter from Manchester. Performing with her four-piece band, see this up-and-coming performer play music from her debut EP, Quiet Silence.


Sound and Music: Next Wave 2

7pm- 8.30pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Next Wave 2 brings together brand new work by six of the UK’s most exciting young composers. It marks the culmination of a 9-month collaborative project with musicians from the Royal Northern Sinfonia and three highly acclaimed soloists: Quinta (violin/saw/viola), Lore Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano) and Luke Carver Goss (accordion).

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New Year New Artists & NARC. Presents:

VITO plus Shamu and Shy-Talk

Saturday 27 January, 8pm, Sage Two

NARC. Magazine curates a night of the best up-and-coming bands in the North East.

See mysterious six-piece band Shy Talk play their first gig of 2018.

Tyneside-based indie rock four piece VITO, have had a flurry of national attention and progress following on from the excellent debut track Masquerade. Keen supporter Nick Roberts from BBC Introducing North East tipped them on BBC 6 Music ahead of their show at the region’s Evolution Emerging festival for new bands at the end of May.

Earlier this year they performed to packed-out crowds four times at The Great Escape. The band were also selected by Liverpool Sound City to play South Korea at MU:CON and Zandari Festivals in September, and followed this up with a UK tour. The band are already confirmed for Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City and Focus Wales festivals in 2018.

Electro pop trio, Shamu, has wowed audiences at Evolution Emerging and Northern Electric Festival, played a sold out show with The Old Pink House and impressed many fans from near and far with the release of each new piece of music.

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New Year New Artists: Aaron Lee Tasjan plus support from Danni Nicholls

Sunday 28 January, 8pm, Sage Two

Aaron Tasjan is one of the most eclectic and prophetic songwriters to hail from fashionable East Nashville. He pulls influences from Tom Petty to Harry Nilsson to Randy Newman, but undeniably modern in his approach.

Tasjan released his new album, SilverTears, with a special UK release on 6 January. Equal parts intelligent and humorous, he is a storyteller in every sense of the word.

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