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Pick Your Favourite Northern Song For Great Exhibition Of The North

Posted on 29 March 2018

Sage Gateshead is calling on people to reveal their favourite Northern song as part of a second wave of Great Exhibition of The North events announced by the music venue.

The North in 100 Songs will see an exclusive ‘Great Northern All-Star Band’, led by Field Music, perform some of the top chosen tracks and Manchester-based illustrator Stanley Chow create a series of portraits of the top 100 voted artists.

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme at Sage Gateshead, said: “Whether you sang along with The Futureheads at Glastonbury, or you’re loving IAMDDB’s latest track; if West End Girls was the first single you bought or if Valerie is your Karaoke song, Sage Gateshead wants to know which northern song you love the most using the hashtag #NorthIn100Songs or by voting on our website.

“We’re asking the public to nominate whichever song they think best sums up the North for them – either about the North, for the North or by those from the North.”

Stanley Chow has worked for Manchester United and Apple and in 2008 a collaboration with the White Stripes was nominated for a GRAMMY. His portraits will be exhibited at Sage Gateshead throughout the Great Exhibition of the North. Peter and David Brewis from Field Music will be putting together the exclusive Great Northern All-Star Band. The band, who will perform a selection of the chosen songs with special guests, will form part of Sage Gateshead’s Great Northern Soundtrack curated by Lauren Laverne. The All-Star Band will include other special guests from the North and will be a not to be missed, one-off concert on Saturday 23 June.

Stanley said: “Though the UK on the whole produces great creative talent, this is a nice reminder that much of the talent can be found in the North of England. I am really chuffed that I have been asked to be part of the Great Exhibition of the North. Hopefully I can entertain some folk and also maybe inspire younger artists in the North that you can make a career out of doing something you love.”


Today’s announcement comes as Sage Gateshead adds more artists to its Great Exhibition of the North programme.

Added to Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack line-up are LEVELZ, Manchester’s super-group of Producers and MCs, who will be at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 30 June. LEVELZ have showcased their talents on Channel 4, BBC’s Radio 1, 6Music and 1Xtra, Rinse FM, and were one of Julie Adenuga’s first ever guests on her Beats 1 show.

Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack will also now include World Headquarters, who will bring their club night to Sage Gateshead as part of their 25th year anniversary in Newcastle. It promises to be an amazing live show of classic soul hits from the 60s and 70s on Friday 29 June. Special guests, the Voices of Virtue Choir, will perform alongside DJ Tom Caulker.

These three extra events add to the extensive line up for Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack. It already includes Nightmares on Wax, Vessels, Nadine Shah, PINS, Roisin Murphy as well as Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening, plus Rachel Unthank and Paul Smith, plus Jim Ghedi.

Tickets have now gone on sale for Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Sampler Day, which will offer anyone new to classical music the chance to listen to them play and be given a guided tour of music history. Concerts will be spaced throughout the day so people can dip in and out or come for a full day’s experience.

Sage Gateshead’s family offer during the festival has also been finalised, with tickets now available for Paul Smith’s Parental Guidance Party. Paul Smith from Newcastle’s alternative rock band Maximo Park, will play a distinctive blend of the best Northern pop music at this free dance party. His spinning floor fillers will have parents and young children dancing the morning away on Sunday 1 July.

Sage Gateshead is offering a wide range of performances and activities for young people. Its CoMusica programme will present a day of performances and workshops by young people experiencing challenging circumstances on Saturday 30 June and some of the region’s most brilliant performers with additional needs will host the Music Spark Show on Friday 6 July. To celebrate six years of In Harmony Newcastle Gateshead young musicians from West Newcastle, together with In Harmony Opera North and Liverpool, will perform a piece of music specially commissioned for the Exhibition on 25 June.

There will also be Concourse performances by school children, youth groups, choirs and musical ensembles and a gala performance by young musicians from across the whole region throughout the festival.

Click here for the full Great Exhibition of The North line-up and to keep up to date on the festival.

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