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Sage Gateshead has long since provided support for creatives at any stage in their careers. The Quayside’s most recognisable landmark now celebrates artists nurtured as part of their many artist development programmes with a new series of showcases, From The Glasshouse. The third in the series takes place on Friday 18th February and brings together three artists with wildly different backgrounds, but who have all found impetus in their work.

Headliner LYRAS is the sum of its parts: its members worked individually for a decade before joining forces to create their soulful R&B sound. The new group had to navigate the new terrain of lockdown life, before being able to debut live last summer. They already boast a small back catalogue recorded as part of the Sage Gateshead Summer Studio residency programme. Liverpool-based jazz artist Ni Maxine has been on the scene for a little longer, and already focuses her energies on inspiring another generation of creatives to follow their own art. Francine Luce joins her fellow Sage Gateshead Summer Studio alumni to provide new solo compositions developed throughout the pandemic, proving to all listening that isolation does not have to mean the death of creativity.

From The Glasshouse featuring LYRAS, Ni Maxine and Francine Luce takes place at Sage Gateshead on Friday 18th February.

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