Posted on 22 July 2016

Media Release: 10am 22 July 2016

This September and October sees a packed programme of gigs which showcase the finest international and local artists.

Welcome to the Autumn season at Sage Gateshead! From Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations and pop icons Heaven 17 to local stars Field Music and Brazilian hip hop activist Billy Saga, we have your musical taste covered!

This Autumn get ready to put your dancing shoes on for a stellar line-up and a great night out. What better way to let your hair down than dance to the awesome back catalogue of The Four Tops and The Temptations? Or how about Heaven 17 celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their album Penthouse and Pavement by playing the entire album?

Award winning actor of stage and screen, Alan Cumming, treats us to a special show of anecdotes and some of his favourite songs, while The Three Degrees, Level 42, The Undertones and the Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward among others add an extra bit of sparkle.

Sunderland band Field Music visit on 22 October on the back of a breakthrough year, gaining high praise from both sides of the Atlantic and releasing their latest album Commontime. Continuing a strong Indie presence across September and October, are the mesmerising Beth Orton, post-rock band Explosions In The Sky, drone and ambient masters Stars Of The Lid, local lad RJ Thompson, up-and-coming Dutch act Amber Arcades, indie stalwarts The Wedding Present and the superb Divine Comedy, along with James Vincent McMorrow touring his new album We Move.

Anderson East, a huge hit at SummerTyne Americana Festival 2015, begins a strong vein of roots and blues acts that will grace our world-class halls; The Black Crowes’ guitarist Luther Dickinson makes an exclusive appearance in the North East on his Blues and Ballads UK Tour, Ryan McGarvey and Walter Trout make sure blistering blues guitar is well represented, while we have the legendary Loudon Wainwright III and Tony Joe White to see out October.

Our Folkworks programme will sort you folk-lovers out, from Martin Green, accompanied by Becky Unthank, Adrian Utley from Portishead and Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison, to Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band, BBC Radio 2 folk award nominated Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater, Karen Matheson, and the influential Ashley Hutchings of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Albion Band.

For those adventurous types, or with an ear for something new, we have teamed up with TUSK to bring you the incomparable TUSK Festival to Sage Two over the weekend of 14 to 16 October. The TUSK approach is as unwavering as ever, with a music menu that covers alt-folk, psychedelia, alt-rock and noise through international rhythms and improv to dubbed-out electronics and techno. Our second festival of October sees North East Guitar Festival return to Sage Gateshead with a line up of top guitar players in every style, new commissions, international artist debuts, and the Young Artist Platform.

For something different our Riverside Ragas series returns offering the finest musicians playing traditional music from the Indian subcontinent, while Tcha Limberger’s Budapest Gypsy Orchestra gives us a taste of Eastern European jazz. Brazilian artist Billy Saga makes his first ever visit to the region on September 18, fusing hip-hop, rock, reggae, dub and samba to comment on politics, religion and human rights. Saga will team up with local MC acts and run a workshop to raise awareness of disability rights and provoke reflection on the richness of differences.

September also sees Royal Northern Sinfonia kick off their 16/17 Classical Season in style with Lars Vogt performing Beethoven Piano Concertos, an evening of Western classics with RNS Most Wanted, visiting orchestras including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and a brand new series of children’s concerts Classics 4 Kids.

New for September and October, we will be offering themed catering and drink options for certain gigs to round off your Sage Gateshead experience and make it extra special, so look out for more information!

To find out more about these gigs, download the Guide online, or make a booking visit or call Ticket Office on 0191 4434661.


For further information, images, interview requests, and review tickets please contact:
Scott Forbes, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Sage Gateshead
E. T. 0191 443 4561