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Limited Tickets Released for Sting's Highly Anticipated Shows

Posted on 24 April 2015

STING brings THE LAST SHIP home to the North East of England

LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS RELEASED

On 24th and 25th April Sting will perform songs from his album and musical The Last Ship at Sage Gateshead, to support the iconic venue’s 10th Birthday Appeal.

A limited number of tickets for these highly anticipated shows have just been released and can be purchased online here. These will be the only UK performances of their kind and are kindly supported by Cunard. Additional support comes from Shepherd Offshore and Port of Tyne.

Inspired by and set in Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, The Last Ship tells a universal story. Drawn from his childhood growing up beside the Swan Hunters shipyard, The Last Ship is very personal to Sting yet also echoes the experiences of those working in shipyards along the Tyne, Wear, Clyde, Mersey or any Northern port, as well as post-industrial communities the world over. The play was originally work-shopped with local musicians and actors at Newcastle’s Live Theatre and for Sting, it was never in doubt that the songs of The Last Ship should be performed for a North East audience.

The Last Ship’s homecoming has generated great excitement and support from partners, particularly relating to the North East’s shipbuilding heritage. Leading the support is Cunard, the international cruiseline company, who commissioned many of their greatest ships from the Swan Hunter ship yard in Wallsend.

The success of the 10th Birthday Appeal will contribute to the long-term sustainability of Sage Gateshead. As well as being a world-class performance venue, Sage Gateshead provides education and inclusion programmes throughout the North East of England for marginalised young people, vulnerable older people and more – building their skills and abilities, and providing them with a place they can ‘belong’ through music. Sage Gateshead is very grateful to Sting for his fantastic support and are honoured that Sting has chosen to bring The Last Ship to Gateshead.

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Notes to editors:
For more information, and for photographs, contact Sage Gateshead Press Office on 0191 443 4567.

ABOUT STING

Composer, singer, author, actor, activist, Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums and earned six Grammy awards. Since 1985, Sting has released 14 solo albums. His latest, ‘The Last Ship’ is inspired by the story of his new musical of the same name drawing upon his memories of the shipbuilding community in Wallsend where he was born and raised. ‘The Last Ship’ made its Broadway debut at the Neil Simon Theatre in October 2014. Sting is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has appeared in more than 15 films and authored two books, including the New York Times best-selling memoir, Broken Music. He has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with the Police and as a solo artist and has earned an additional 10 Grammy awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and three Oscar nominations. His support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. Additional information available at www.sting.com and www.thelastship.com. For press materials, including high-resolution photos, please visit: http://www.sting.com/PR.

ABOUT SAGE GATESHEAD AND ITS 10th BIRTHDAY APPEAL

Opened in 2004, Sage Gateshead has established itself as an international home for music and musical discovery. Its concert programme runs throughout the year, attracting artists from across the world and incorporating all genres of music.

The venue, designed by Foster and Partners, is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia. This orchestra was founded in 1968 and received royal status from Queen Elizabeth II in June 2013. Sage Gateshead is also home to the North East’s longstanding Folkworks programme – formed in 1988 to promote and encourage the furtherance of folk music across the region. What’s more, Sage Gateshead runs many other musical education programmes,– each enabling people of all ages and abilities to become involved in music. 70 per cent of the work of these programmes takes place outside of the venue and at the heart of local communities.
In June 2012, Arts Council England set Sage Gateshead the challenge of raising £4 million by July 2015 (in order to claim an additional £2 million in match-funding) to help secure the future of this important work. In December 2014, Sage Gateshead celebrated its 10th Birthday, Its correspondent birthday appeal runs until the summer of 2015, and features a number of high profile concerts and celebrations. Each will help Sage Gateshead to meet the challenge set by Arts Council England and help to ensure that its work in the North East can continue.

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