North East of England’s Sage Gateshead has embraced a really important position in the music industry, the role of filling in, inspiring and teaching a whole new generation of musicians.
Sage Gateshead calls itself an “international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England.”
Both live music venue and education centre, the Gateshead welcomes a wide-range, perhaps unlimited, collection of genres. Acoustic to country, world to folk, indie to dance, jazz to electronic; every single beat is allowed at the North East England’s crucial landmark.
Opened since 2004, the concert venue is detained by the North Music Trust (management and programme) and part of the Gateshead Quays’ evolution. That development has joined structures like the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Its mission is based upon three principles: to entertain, to involve and to inspire people through engagement with outstanding and innovative music acts.
Sage Gateshead consists of three performance spaces, some of the most privileged acoustic spaces (Hall One and Hall Two) in North East England. They have pretty much more than enough to make them ideal for artists’ rehearsals and performances. The building was designed around these three rooms to allow for maximum attention to detail in their sound properties. Sage also owns a 26-room music education centre, a music information resource centre, four bars, a brasserie and a café.
Notable artists such as Blondie, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Bonobo, Nick Cave, and George Clinton, have played in the venue’s stages. Sage has hosted countless concerts of orchestras from all over the world and it even has a residence ensemble called Royal Northern Sinfonia which has been earned big compliments made by The Guardian. The newspaper said there is “no better chamber orchestra in Britain”. Lorin Maazel, Philarmonia’s Director of Touring seems to have the same opinion: “The Sage Gateshead is in the top 5 best concert halls in the world”. Not bad, uh?