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Let’s be honest, January’s never a fun month. It’s dark, you’re skint and sick of Christmas chocolate, and you’ve probably given up on your new year’s resolutions already. Our advice is to kick out the doldrums by discovering your new favourite band, and Sage Gateshead’s New Year New Artists weekend is just the place to start!

The mini-festival takes over the venue on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January, offering up a whole host of indie, folk, jazz and classical musicians. The line-up is impressively expansive, with psychedelic soundscapes courtesy of Paul Thomas Saunders and Durham’s own folk songwriter Harri Endersby kicking things off on the Friday night in Hall Two. The winners of Sage Gateshead’s Young Composers’ Competition will accompany two star soloists, Sindy Mohamed on violin and Aaron Pilsan on piano in Hall One on Friday, and there’s also an opportunity to hear the three competition finalists and vote for your favourite.

On Saturday, 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.

As our Constant Readers will know, we’re always keen to hear exciting new music, so we’re really proud that New Year New Artists is presented by Sage Gateshead in association with us here at NARC. Over the coming weeks we’ll bring you profiles on the artists and give you even more reasons to shake off the winter blues and get some wonderful new music on your radar.

Tickets are available now.

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