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Next year’s New Year New Artists mini-festival at Sage Gateshead already boasts a pretty stellar line-up, but now there’s even more reason to head along on Saturday 27th January, as we’ve curated our very own North East spotlight show as part of the event.

Designed to highlight some of the region’s real up and coming gems, the line-up features three acts who are certain to have a great year. Headlining are Gateshead’s emphatic alt. indie scamps VITO, who produce a tremendous racket with a rough and ready garage edge that’s hard to ignore; their  catchy style is shot through with riff-heavy guitars and a tuneful energy. Having wowed crowds at home and abroad (not least at tastemaker festival The Great Escape and South Korea’s Zandari Fiesta), they’re certain to blow Sage Gateshead’s pretty roof off.

Also promising a riotous set are smart electro popsters Shamu, whose sound has been likened to such luminaries as Wild Beasts and Tame Impala. The Newcastle-based band are relative newcomers, having tickled music-lovers’ eardrums with debut single Dive back in 2016. Since then they’ve shared more well received tracks and played the likes of Evolution Emerging. Thanks to an intelligent approach to songwriting and catchy tunes aplenty, they’re guaranteed to get your feet moving as well as those brain cogs whirring. Finishing up the bill are super new sextet Shy-Talk, whose skewed guitar rock fuses electro sensibilities to produce a joyful art-punk sound.

Already performing at the festival are psychedelic songwriter Paul Thomas Saunders, Durham’s own folk songstress Harri Endersby plus the winners of Sage Gateshead’s Young Composers’ Competition, who will accompany two star soloists, Sindy Mohamed on violin and Aaron Pilsan on piano in Hall One on Friday 26th. On Saturday 27th, Hall Two and Northern Rock Foundation Hall present an eclectic line-up featuring Swedish Grammy-nominated violist Ellen Nisbeth, Indian classical vocalist Keertan Kaur Rehal, percussionist Christoph Sietzen, innovative trumpet player Tamás Pálfalvi and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winners The Rheingans Sisters. Sunday 28th sees East Nashville eclectic songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan take to Sage’s Hall Two, with his compelling and intelligent storytelling. 

Tickets are available now.

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