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Whether you admire the award winning architectural design or find the oddly shaped building a blotch on the river Tyne scenery, you cannot argue with its brilliant acoustics. Sage, Gateshead was open in December 2004; adding more drama and diversity to the already fascinating and varied Newcastle and Gateshead quayside. Surrounded by impressive and individual feats of engineering, such as the Tyne Bridge, the Baltic art gallery, the Millennium Bridge and even our very own Malmaison Hotel, the sage is unquestionably a key part of the stunning North East urban landscape.

Having observed across the river from the Newcastle side, I decided it was time to experience a performance in this amazing centre of arts.  So I booked to see a performance of Remembering Fred Astaire, performed by Strictly Come Dancing stars Alijaz and Janette. Sitting three rows from the stage, the 1600 capacity ‘Sage 1’ (at only £35 a ticket) almost felt like I was part of the production, and what a production it was! A myriad of singers, musicians and dancers making the 2 ½ hour performance fly by and surrounded by a packed audience of warm, friendly spectators, a great night indeed!

So when you're planning your list of ‘things to do’ in Newcastle check out the What’s On guide for events and performances at the Sage Gateshead and enjoy the walk over the Millennium Bridge and straight into another world of music and arts. Personally I’m looking forward to the ‘Summertyne American Festival’ in July; a three-day weekend celebration of the finest American roots music, with an outdoor stage, including free performances throughout the weekend. Fingers crossed for the weekend to be sunny!

For more information and to see the current What’s On for events and performances at the Sage, check out: www.sagegateshead.com


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