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Sage Gateshead



Music Planet

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 11pm - 12.30am


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2019

Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Duration – 9pm - 10.30pm


Radio 3’s world music programme brings you the best roots-based music from across the world and the freshest emerging talent, classic tracks and new releases.

Presenter Kathryn Tickell brings Radio 3’s world music programme to Sage Gateshead to explore the emotional power of music and song from different corners of the globe. There will be live music from Teesside folk trio The Young’uns, who use the sea shanty and work song traditions of the north east to tell real human stories; kora player and singer Kadialy Kouyate – born into the great line of Kouyaté Griots in Southern Senegal – explores the emotional resonance of his musical heritage; plus music from Turkish-Kurd singer Olcay Bayir. Born in Turkey and based in London, Olcay Bayir blends elements of folk, jazz, neo-classical and 21st Century urban sounds with evocative vocal deliveries through her original eclectic compositions and arrangements of traditional songs of Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Mediterranean.

Kathryn Tickell is acclaimed as the world’s foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes. A composer, performer and educator she has released 15 albums and performed with the Chieftains, Evelyn Glennie, Sting, Penguin Café Orchestra and many others. A former Musician of the Year in BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards, in 2015 she was awarded the OBE, in 2016 she founded Magnetic North East and she currently tours with her new band The Darkening.

For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Friday 15 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Friday 1 March.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.

Booking Information

To guarantee your ticket, book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Venue: Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Tickets: Free, ticketed (Max 4 per person)