Paul Smith on The Sage, Gateshead.

The Sage Gateshead at night credit Mark Savage
Photo- Mark Savage
“My favourite live music venue is Sage Gateshead.”  When I asked Paul Smith, the lead singer of Newcastle indie heroes Maximo Park, and more recently his own solo project, why he liked The Sage in Gateshead so much, this is what he had to say:
 “I like certain smaller venues like The Cluny in Newcastle, but the acoustics at the Sage are excellent and it feels like a real event when you enter the building. There are two, differently-sized halls, so you can see smaller acts alongside more popular artists.”

“The range of music they cover is extensive, so that one week you can hear classical music and the next you might see a folk gig.”

When I asked Paul what his favourite gig that he has seen there , he had this to say:      “I’ve seen many great concerts there, from The Blue Nile to Martin Carthy, but Nick Cave’s recent stripped-back show sticks in the mind. It was amazing!”

Venue Facts: 

Capacity: 1,640 (Sage One), 600 ( Sage Two)

Date Opened: 17th December 2004Building 2 Mark Savage

Photo- Mark Savage

Quick Trivia:

  • In 2015, the venue was used as part of the BBC 6 Music Festival.
  • Elbow, Nick Cave, Morrissey, James Brown and Blondie have all played at The Sage.
  • Construction cost over £70m
  • The venue has 5 bars.
  • The venue’s curved steel roof, which weighs in at 750 tonnes, is made from 3,000 stainless steel panels and 250 glass panels. If the roof were laid flat, its 12,000 square metre area would be big enough to accommodate two football pitches.
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