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#Ad Last night we attended the Sgae Gateshead as part of their New Beginnings season, and what was the first live performance for audiences to attend. February 2020, was the last time I visited the Sage, so I was excited to get back into this wonderful venue. With excited staff, you could see in the way they spoke, they were happy to be back. You could see smikles under throiugh maks! It’s been a long time coming for performing arts venues and artists, and lets hope for a quick return to capacity crowds sooner than later.
In what was a change from the normal setup, the support act in Jodie Nicholson played her act on the main concourse. The audience were able to pre book tables for this. Well laid out and segregated into colour categories, this helped to ease the way for phased entry into the main auditorium later.
Wendy Smith, Director of Contemporary Music at Sage Gateshead got up on stage and welcomed us all back to the venue, along with live music and introduced the support for tonight.
Firstly, Jodie Nicholson was the support act for The Futureheads. Well known across the Darlington music scene. She was awarded prestigious Women Make Music funding from the PRS Foundation in association with AWAL and Glastry. She was one of 15 music creators chosen for the funding out of about 600 applicants.
A six song set, brought us a sweet voice and great melodies. Stand out track for me was ‘Losing Track’. A couple of muted conversations could be heard at the back of the concourse, otherwise all ears were on Jodie. Keep an eye out for this young lady. Subscribe to her Youtube channel here or visit her wbesite here.
Sunderland post-punk four-piece and long-time friends of Sage Gateshead, The Futureheads were here to perform a very special acoustic show as part of New Beginnings, marking the moment live audiences return to the venue. As well as the live audience, you were also able to live stream the event to the comfort of your living room.
Their friendship still lives strong after all this time and that showed through the whole concert. Humour, a couple of stories and great music entertained throughout. The 4 friends took to the stage in the main auditorium, promptly on time. A clap from the audience signalled that return. This band are renowned for their vocal harmonies and the show started with ‘Hanging Johnny’ to showcase their singing abilities. It was their a cappela ability that impressed me most, along with Hanging Johnny, Beeswing impressed. I particulary love that you hear their northern accent come through ‘in the summmaa!’ For those that like a guitar rift we had ‘ Back to the sea’, ‘Listen, Little Man’, ‘Fallout’ and ‘Burnt’ which had us foot tapping away. We contiued to hear song after song for a good 70 minutes in total, sadly with no encore. However, it was a great night and even better to have experienced it live.
So thanks to The Futureheads for returning live music to the stage and the Sage Gateshead for making it happen.
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