Week commencing Monday 28 January at Sage Gateshead
- Texas’ most beloved bands, Asleep at the Wheel
- The Godfather of Rave, Slipmatt’s World of Rave presents SL2
- The Classic Rock Show – the classic rock fan’s ultimate live jukebox!
John Grant plus E.B. The Younger
Thursday 31 January, 7.30pm, Sage One
Exactly three years since the release of his last solo LP, John Grant returns with his new album, Love Is Magic.
Even when the Michigan-born man released his debut solo album, Queen Of Denmark, in 2010, Grant laced sumptuous soft-rock ballads with an array of spacey, wistful synthesizer sounds, increasingly adding taut, fizzing sequencers, nu-synth-disco settings and icy soundscapes to the mix on 2013’s Pale Green Ghosts and 2015’s Grey Tickles, Black Pressure.
Now, with his fourth solo album Love Is Magic, Grant continues to evolve, creating his most electronic record yet, in collaboration with Benge (Ben Edwards), analogue synth expert/collector and a member of electronic trio Wrangler, Grant’s collaborators earlier this year under the collective name of Creep Show on the album Mr Dynamite.
Anyone familiar with Grant’s story will recognise his battles with addiction and health, and with trusting love and relationships. From this turbulence, he’s forged another riveting collection of often brutal diatribes and confessionals, where humour, fear, anxiety and anger overlap as Grant, with trademark candour, figuratively exposes the machinations of his saturated brain.
Brundibár Arts Festival Closing Concert
Thursday 31 January, 7.30pm, Sage Two
- Jack Liebeck, Alexandra Raikhlina violins
- Philip Dukes viola
- Gemma Rosefield cello
- Katya Apekisheva, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiropiano
- Mozart Piano Quartet No.1 K478
- Kahn Piano Quartet No.1
- Korngold Piano Quintet Op.15
- Vanessa Lann One/Life (world premiere)
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Hanni Begg (1929-2017) who was torn from home as a child during the war – the only survivor out of her entire family. Hanni was a keen supporter of the Festival before passing away in October 2017.
Popular works by Mozart and Korngold feature alongside the first piano quartet of Robert Kahn, who escaped from Berlin to England at the start of the war.
This programme will also premiere a special commission from the American composer Vanessa Lann, a tradition which acknowledges those composers whose voices were cut short and epitomises the final message of the Festival as one of hope.
Classical Season 2018/19 | RNS At Home
Friday 1 February, 7.30pm, Sage One
- Bradley Creswick director/violin
- Royal Northern Sinfonia
- Rossini The Thieving Magpie Overture
- Respighi The Birds
- Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
- Rautavaara Cantus Arcticus: Concerto for Birds and Orchestra
- Haydn Symphony No.83 ‘La Poule’ (The Hen)
Birds are nature’s greatest musicians, and tonight we’ve got a whole aviary: from Vaughan Williams’ beloved Lark Ascending to Rossini’s kleptomaniac magpie.
We travel to the land of the midnight sun for Rautavaara’s haunting Cantus Articus – in which the birds themselves are the soloists.
Asleep At The Wheel duo show feat. Ray Benson & Katie Shore
Friday 1 February, 8pm, Sage Two
New Routes, the brand-new album by Asleep at the Wheel, marks both a new path forward and a nod to the freewheeling roots of one of Texas’ most beloved bands.
After a decade of collaborating on record with friends, including Willie Nelson on 2009’s Willie and the Wheel, and paying ongoing tribute to the ground breaking music of Western Swing pioneer Bob Wills, the Wheel is marking 2018 with their first album of new material in a decade.
With a fresh line-up, a bracing blend of original songs and vibrant cover material and some unanticipated new musical tangents, Asleep at the Wheel demonstrates convincingly it’s more relevant, enjoyable and musically nimble than any time in its 45-year history.
Classical Season 2018/19 | Classics 4 Kids
Classics 4 Kids: The RNS Aviary
Saturday 2 February, 2pm, Sage One
- Tim Steiner presenter
- Bradley Creswick director/violin
- Royal Northern Sinfonia
Classics 4 Kids is back with Bradley Creswick’s special selection of music inspired by our feathered friends, including Vaughan Williams’ beautiful work The Lark Ascending.
Join RNS on the concourse from 1.15pm onwards for some free fun activities.
Suitable for ages 5+ but everyone welcome.
Slipmatt’s World of Rave presents SL2
Saturday 2 February, 8pm, Sage Two
SL2 line up of Slipmatt, Lime & MC Jay J plus special guests MC Chalkie White and the Stage Invader dancers.
Slipmatt is known in the Rave scene as The Godfather, a title well-earned having been involved since the 1989 Summer Of Love and every stage of dance music’s evolution ever since. His iconic sets at original acid and warehouse parties such as Raindance and Energy paved the way for his non-stop 30-year career to date.
Along with fellow schoolmate and turntable whizz, DJ Lime, the two became famous together as SL2 and took the UK by storm with some huge underground tracks. In 1991, DJs Take Control / Way In My Brain hit No.11 in the charts and got the lads on TV with multiple appearances on Top of the Pops and Dance Energy along with close mate MC Jay J.
Since the early 90s, Slipmatt has gone from strength to strength, consistently staying on point as one of the best club and festival DJs of his kind worldwide. In more recent years, he has created the World Of Rave brand with his own podcast and rave website.
Slipmatt is also currently planning his own Ibiza event, Old Skool Ibiza, for May 2019.
This exclusive live show brings together the original SL2 line up of Slipmatt, Lime & MC Jay J plus special guests MC Chalkie White and the Stage Invader dancers. This show will also include a special DJ / MC performance by Slipmatt & Chalkie White, tracking the journey of early rave from 1988-1994.
Support comes in the form of TRUOLDSKOOL resident, Mudfoot Blaps.
Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/slipmatt/
The Classic Rock Show
Sunday 3 February, 7.30pm, Sage One
Chas Cole for CMP Entertainment presents The Classic Rock Show – the classic rock fan’s ultimate live jukebox!
From AC/DC to ZZ Top and everything in between, including Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Queen, The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Meatloaf plus much, much more.
Anthem after anthem, riff after riff, solo after solo, The Classic Rock Show brings the original recordings back to life on stage, with a huge sound and light show to match.
Culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not to be missed.
A gem of a rock show – sore throat guaranteed!
Folkworks: The East Pointers plus Balter
Sunday 3 February, 7.45pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
The East Pointers have spent the last two years touring Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia in support of their JUNO Award winning album, Secret Victory.
In 2016, they won Touring Artist of the Year at the Music PEI Awards and Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Their second album, What We Leave Behind, carves a new path for The East Pointers, as they continue to blur the lines between traditional and popular music and develop a devoted fanbase around the globe.