Featured Gigs


Kicking things off in style on Friday 22nd June the Sage hosts George Evelyn, better known as his stage name Nightmares On Wax.

The leeds based DJ is one of the most influential electronic artists of a generation, his music has inspired many musicians and producers across the globe over his quarter decade career.

Getting his start in the music industry through hip-hop, a young George Evelyn joined a breakdancing crew and soon began his DJ career. Nightmares On Wax released his first record, A Word Of Science, alongside John Halnon then Kevin Harper, in 1991.

Flash forward twenty-seven years and NOW have released a grand total of eleven albums and in that time become Warp’s longest-serving active artist, broadening the sound of the label and paved the way for artists such as Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Mount Kimbie.



It’s Saturday night and you’re ready to lose yourself to some dark beats on the dancefloor? Well, Leeds outfit Vessels have you covered.

Forming in 2005, Vessels originally tread the boards as a post-rock band, however, time saw their sound evolve into the world of immersive live Techno performance, most notably third album, Dilate.

Vessels have graced stages at legendary Berlin techno club Berghain, Beat Herder, Beacons, Glastonbury and Simple Things.

Like Jon Hopkins, Moderat and Caribou before them, the band have pulled off the elusive trick of translating their intricate, sometimes epic, always uplifting studio creations to the live arena.



If Techno isn’t your thing but a night on the tiles sounds appealing then head along to a star-studded show of spectacular uniqueness.

The Great Northern All Star Band feature local lads Field Music as well as a host of special guests such as Maxïmo Park’s Paul Smith, Kathryn Williams, Ross Millard (The Futureheads), Pauline Murray (Penetration) and Voices of Virtue Choir. 

All acts will be performing a selection of covers of their favourite Northern songs as nominated by the public.



One of the most unique and darkly enthralling vocals to emerge from the Northern music scene in years it that of Nadine Shah. Her rich, enchanting sound makes even the most morose of subject matters enlighten with a spark of intrigue.

Shah’s songwriting and ethos are sparkly focused on mental health and awareness after her first album Love Your Dum And Mad was written in memory of two close friends who took their own lives.

Her discography now consists of three studio albums including 2015’s Fast Food and 2017’s Holiday Destination.



Pins emerged when photographer Faith Vern decided that she wanted to be in an all-girl band rather than be the token girl in a mostly male ensemble. Finding her team of ready ladies, PINS put out their first record Girls Like Us in 2013.

Citing bands like Hole, My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain as influences, and have joined Sleater Kinney on their European tour back in 2015.

The ‘bold, edgy and deliriously addictive’ recent EP from the band sees them work with the master of punk rock Iggy Pop on single ‘Aggrophobe’.



Iconic nightclub ‘World Headquarters’ teams up with Great Exhibition of the North to celebrate their 25 year anniversary in Newcastle, with an amazing live show of Classic Soul hits of the 60’s & 70’s in Hall 2.

Their special guests, the ‘Voices of Virtue Choir’ with full band, perform alongside DJ Tom Caulker for an evening of the 100%, high octane, blistering Soul anthems we all know & love.


RÓSÍN MURPHY – 29/16/18

Róisín Murphy performs her hip-twitching, pleasure-centre-stimulating music, stemming from her new music produced by Baltimore maverick musician/producer/DJ Maurice Fulton, full of the unadulterated, but deeply warped funk which Maurice has honed over his decades of dancefloor experience.

Her lyrics are intense, exploratory, probing into dark parts of her own and the listener’s psyche – all the while working on the immediate, endorphin-stimulating dancefloor level.


LEVELZ – 30/16/18

Dubbed by DJ Mag as ‘One of the hottest (and craziest) acts on the circuit’, Manchester collective of mega-producers and MCs bring their live show to Newcastle on 30th June.

LEVELZ have showcased their talents on platforms as diverse as Channel 4, Radio 1, Rinse FM, Radio 6 Music and 1Xtra and were one of Julie Adenuga’s first ever guests on her Beats 1 show.


Peter Doherty – 23/06/18 – 02 Academy, Newcastle

The iconic indie-poster boy for dysfunction, Peter Doherty returns to Newcastle to play 02 Academy on 22nd June.

Peter Doherty released a new single ‘Kolly Kibber,’ taken from his wonderful new album ‘Hamburg Demonstrations,’ through BMG/Clouds Hill on Friday 17th February. ’Kolly Kibber,’ which
has been playlisted at BBC6 Music, was inspired by the Newspaperman who meets a sticky end at the beginning of Graham Greene’s 1930’s noir masterpiece ‘Brighton Rock.’

Hamburg Demonstrations is Peter Doherty’s second solo album, following Grace/Wastelands which came out in 2009.

Peter Doherty and his new band the Puta Madres – Drew McConnell (Babyshambles – bass), Miki Beavis (violin), Katia DeVidas (Piano/keyboards), Jack Jones (Trampoline – lead guitar) and Rafa (drums), toured Europe at the end of 2016. The tour included a memorably moving evening at the reopening of the Bataclan in Paris and culminated in a sell-out show at the O2 Forum in London.

Tickets are selling fast, don’t miss out!


Elvis Costello & tHE iMPOSTERS – 25/06/18 – City Hall, Newcastle

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first album My Aim Is True in 2017, world-renowned songwriter Elvis Costello comes to Newcastle City Hall on 25th June 2018.

Costello has collected an astonishing abundance of musical accolades along the road of his career that began at the youthful age of 13. His honours include two Ivor

Novello Awards for songwriting, a Dutch Edison Award with The Brodsky Quartet for “The Juliet Letters”, the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Award, a BAFTA for the music written with Richard

Harvey for Alan Bleasdale’s television drama series “G.B.H.” and a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, “Painted From Memory” amoung many others. 

Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. In the same year, Costello was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award.

Elvis Costello brings with him a wealth of hits enjoyed and cherished by many. Songs like “Alison”, “Pump It Up”, “Everyday I Write The Book” and his rendition of the Nick Lowe song, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding.


Electric Fields – 30/08/18 to 01/09/18 – Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway

Take a trip to the idyllic Scottish countryside to celebrate the last weekend of the summer. Nestled in the shadow of a castle and surrounded by stunning foresty, Electric Fields has everything.

In 2018, Scotland’s fastest growing small festival returns with a not so small line-up which boasts legendary Oasis mastermind, Noel Gallagher heading up the bill.

Also taking the top spots for EF 2018 are indie heroes James and experimental dance anthem makers, Leftfield. Add a sprinkling of shoegaze from the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Ride and The Horrors, throw in some fresh new art-pop from Ezra Furman, The Oreilles and Flamingods and top it off with some good old-fashioned indie sing-along style from The Coral and you’re really cooking with gas!

Electric Fields is a safe and family-friendly festival! With lots of things to keep kids entertained, as well as Drumlanrig Castle’s huge adventure playground which is just a short 5-minute walk away. As part of the standard ticket, Electric Fields have a dedicated Family Campsite, so you can take the little ones along and avoid the warm cider canned carnage of the regular campers.

Sounds perfect, right? Get your tickets for Electric Fields 2018 for a mere £115 for an adult, £49.50 for Teens (13-15 years), £22.50 for children (6-12 years) and free for under 5’s.



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