Opening Times
Revised Box Office Opening Hours (Phone only)
Our opening hours are 12noon – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday inclusive.
Please note that the building remains closed outside of show times.

☎️ 0191 443 4661

Opening Times:
Revised Box Office Opening Hours (Phone only)
Our opening hours are 12noon – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday inclusive.
Please note that the building remains closed outside of show times.

☎️ 0191 443 4661

 →  Looking to the future

A Future for Music in the North East

A conversation with you, our audience, about the future of live music in the North East.

We are regularly contacting our audience to ask their views on a range of topics, and as a valued customer of Sage Gateshead we’d love you to take part in the conversation. If you’d like to take part, please sign up to receive emails from Sage Gateshead. You can also submit your own response by emailing [email protected].

Looking to the future

A Future for Live Music in The North East is a campaign created by Sage Gateshead in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign is about involving you, our audience, in a conversation about how we shape the long-term future of music and the future of Sage Gateshead.

The campaign also aims to raise £3 million in three years to help us meet this challenge, allowing us to serve communities and audiences in the North East and wider North for the long term. You can find out more about our Crisis, Recovery and Renaissance Fundraising Campaign here.

We are regularly contacting our audience to ask their views on a range of topics, and are encouraging responses in any format; words, pictures, music and more. Here, we present the responses we have received.

A Future for Live Music in the North East is...

A vital part of the life blood of the North East
Vital for everyone, for their well-being and entertainment.
...essential for the cultural diversity and health of the region in that future.

…a subject very dear to my heart. We in the North are immensely privileged in being able to enjoy the many musical delights offered by Sage Gateshead and I should like to make a plea on behalf of all those older people who, like me, have benefited from the Silver Programme.

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“There are so many; it is difficult to put them into a brief summary. As well as the large number of concerts I have enjoyed in this wonderful music venue, the main thing that springs to my mind is the opportunity that Sage Gateshead has given me to get much more involved in creating and making music.”

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… essential as it provides solace in times of grief, joy in times of celebration. It brings people together to relive memories and produce new ones – it feeds the soul.

How has the absence of music affected you, and how you have filled the gap it left behind?

I've been missing live music even more than expected. I relaise that while the world out there feels crazy and worrying, live music is a balm.
Life without music? Tonic without gin, peaches without cream, lamb without mint sauce.
I've found myself listening more closely to the lyrics and found a new relevance to today's weird 'new' world. Uplifting and calming to find that music persists despite everything.

I’ve missed the live performances but replaced them by revisiting my CD collection and dusting off albums not played for years. This has brought back memories (good and bad) associated with the time I was playing them first time out and led me to a deeper appreciation of some artists I’d neglected of late. I’ve also found myself listening more closely to the lyrics and found a new relevance to today’s weird ‘new’ world. Uplifting and calming to find that music persists despite everything.

It is music that lifts my mood whenever I feel down - nothing can replace being in a hall for a live performance whether to hear familiar pieces or something new.
The power of music and singing is so strong, it lifts the soul. I need to sing every day, even from early childhood music has been important to me. A day without music and singing is like a day without sunshine! Long may it continue!
Music is available in many forms now, which is a joy, but nothing at all will ever compare with a live performance,

It’s been one of the most upsetting aspects of the pandemic for me – it’s music that lifts my mood whenever I feel down – nothing can replace being in a hall for a live performance whether to hear familiar pieces or something new. I had so many events booked and each time I find them listed in my diary it’s a real blow.

There has to be live music again at Sage Gateshead as well as in all the other halls around the country.