Sage Gateshead

What we do

As a home for music and musical discovery, The Sage Gateshead offers both performance and participation projects.

Hear it Live

Performances for all tastes – popular, jazz, world, classical, dance, brass bands, experimental, folk and traditional and more.
There are concerts at different times of day – in the evening, late at night, mornings, and at lunch time. Concert tickets are available from £7 for most performances and can be booked online.

Join in and Make Music

Our extensive Join In and Make Music programme enables everyone of every age or ability to become involved in music. It covers early years, work with schools, vocal and instrumental learning, professional learning, community music, Further and Higher Education, and professional development. In addition to the work in The Sage Gateshead itself 70% of the work of this programme takes place in the communities we serve! Activities take place across all10,000 square miles of the Northern region; nationally, and internationally.

Since opening in 2004 we have provided music-making sessions to over a million people in more than 1,000 places across North East England, reaching another million learnersthroughout the country through three national music education partnerships – making ours (we believe) the largest music learning and training programme delivered by a single institution anywhere in the world!

  • You can learn and take part in music making – whatever your age or ability.
  • You can have a go and learn to sing or play from scratch, or develop your existing skills.
  • There are daytime and evening classes, summer schools, after school activities and weekend workouts.


We hold many festivals giving you the opportunity to see great acts and also join-in the music making around a particular theme. These include:

  • Gateshead International Jazz Festival – annually in March
  • Folkworks Fiddles on Fire – biennially in April
  • Folkworks Hexham Gathering – annually in May
  • SummerTyne Americana Festival – annually in July
  • Folkworks Summer Schools – annually in August
  • Folkworks Durham Gathering – annually in August
  • Classical Season – all year round incorporating Summer Chamber Series, Recital Series, The Late Mix, The Classic FM Concert Series,
    Subscription Series, Up Close and Classical, Chamber Music, and more.

Eat and Drink

There is a café, a brasserie and four bars you can use without having to buy a concert ticket. We serve food and drinks of all sorts – from real ale to mineral water, from baguettes to smoked salmon; all competitively priced.

Media Release: 13 March, 2015 T AKE THE GREEN TRAIN: A SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABILITY IN MUSIC One of the world’s major concert halls and a Europe-wide network of over 100 members from 30 countries are using the context of the 2015 Gateshead International Jazz Festival to explore environmental...
Gateshead International Jazz Festival, 10-12 April 2015, Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, UK  on Mon, 02/03/2015 - 09:55  PDF version
Gateshead International Jazz Festival is delighted to announce an exciting international line-up for its 11th edition with its trademark mix of UK, European and international jazz icons, hot new talent and some of the best of the thriving Northern jazz scene. The programme is packed with something...
Sage Gateshead's 10th Birthday  on Thu, 18/12/2014 - 00:54  PDF version
  Sage Gateshead's 10th Birthday Sage Gateshead first opened its doors in 2004 and so this year’s birthday is a really special one for us. You only get to turn ten once, after all. The fun has already begun with gigs from the Pet Shop Boys already under our belts, but we...
Media Release: 27 November, 2014 GATESHEAD INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 LINE-UP Gateshead International Jazz Festival is delighted to announce an exciting international line-up with its trademark mix of UK, European and international jazz icons, hot new talent and...
Nils Lofgren  on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:42  PDF version
  Nils Lofgren Friday 23rd January 2015, 8pm   Legendary American songwriter, virtuoso guitarist and pianist, Nils Lofgren returns to the UK in January 2015. After touring with Bruce Springsteen as a long-time member of the E Street Band on both the 2012-13 Wrecking...