Monday, 1 September 2014

Cunard backs Sting concerts in aid of Gateshead's Sage

Sting recalls his Tyneside childhood.       PICTURE: Frank Ockenfels         
Tickets go on sale today for two never-to-be repeated concerts by Sting at the Sage, Gateshead. He will perform songs from ‘The Last Ship,’ his latest album and new Broadway musical of the same name, on 24 and 25 April 2015 to benefit the Sage Gateshead 10th Birthday Appeal. These will be the only UK performances of their kind and are both supported by Cunard, which has historic links to the shipyards of the Tyne.

The Last Ship tells a universal story. Drawn from Sting's childhood growing up beside the Swan Hunters shipyard in Wallsend, it echoes the experiences of those working in shipyards along the Wear, Clyde, Mersey or any Northern port, as well as post-industrial communities the world over. The play was originally workshopped with local musicians and actors at Newcastle’s Live Theatre – ahead of its upcoming Broadway debut - but for Sting, it was never in doubt that the songs of The Last Ship should be performed for a North East audience.

Sting will be joined onstage at Sage Gateshead by some of the region’s best loved musicians including fiddle and Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell, and The Wilson Family from Billingham, Co. Durham. 

Tickets are sale to the general public 10.00 am at and also at Sage Gateshead’s ticket office on 0191 443 4661.  Tickets cost £49.50, £75 and £85. VIP packages are also available, and this top tier will include VIP seating and a pre-show meet and greet with Sting (TBC). 

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