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No matter how bleak the outlook may seem for the arts and hospitality industries right now, it’s always encouraging to see businesses getting back to doing what they do best. This month it’s the turn of Sage Gateshead, who have announced a return to live performance from the end of the month, with a series of socially-distanced live shows.

The venerable performance space will host two concerts every week from Friday 23rd October until December, with the aim of presenting the very best of the venue; Fridays will feature performances from Royal Northern Sinfonia, while Saturdays will welcome contemporary musicians.

Royal Northern Sinfonia’s performances will include works from the classical repertoire alongside lesser known works including a world premiere and Sage Gateshead commission from Kristina Arakelyan, Fantasia on a theme by Ludwig van Beethoven (Friday 30th October), and Jessie Montgomery’s inventive Strum (Friday 23rd October).

Contemporary gigs will showcase the very best of the region’s music scene, including sets from folk treasure Kathryn Tickell, with support from traditional singer Holly Clarke (Saturday 24th October); avant pop maestro Richard Dawson, with support from folk artist Yakka Doon (Saturday 31st October); and what’s certain to be a very popular show from Mercury Music Prize nominated indie rockers Lanterns on the Lake, with support from the always excellent Martha Hill (Saturday 7th November).

All shows will take place in Hall One, which has had its capacity chopped dramatically from 1,700 to just 300 in order to adhere to current restrictions. In addition, all gigs will be live streamed.

Some highly commendable initiatives have also been put in place, with an allocation of free tickets available to all shows for Health and Social Care workers and Gateshead residents attending for the first time.

Tickets for the first wave of shows will go on sale on Thursday 8th October.

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