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Steve Fishwick: “I can’t get behind the attitude that new is always somehow better than old”. (Jazz Journal, April 15, 2019).

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...

June

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Music stars get behind new Sage Gateshead development

New era for Sage Gateshead announced ahead of this weekend’s 14th SummerTyne Americana Festival
(Press release)

“I'm delighted to hear that Sage Gateshead has been successful in this bid. Sage One is a special room to play and I have some wonderful memories performing there. This new project should provide an even more dynamic live experience for both the artist and audience." - Sting 

A bespoke seating system, which will enable the quick removal of seats to create space for a part standing audience, has been given the go-ahead at renowned music venue Sage Gateshead.
The major project has been made possible thanks to £1.2 million from National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s capital programme. This has been matched by generous donations of £800,000 from individuals and trusts from the North East and across the country.
The £2 million project will allow the installation of a new seat mechanism, which has never been used anywhere else before, giving the North East venue the flexibility to provide standing space on level one of their main concert hall (Sage One) - beyond the existing standing pit - as well as continuing to offer the option of a fully seated hall.  The system will also enable the seats to be put back in again at speed.
Removal of the seats has only been done twice before at Sage Gateshead, once for MS Life Conference and again for BBC 6 Music Festival, taking up hours of labour by a large workforce, but loved by fans of the bands who played there including Maximo Park, Royal Blood, Hot Chip and The Charlatans.
Once the seats are removed, the capacity of the hall will increase from a current maximum of 1650 to 2000, allowing the venue to add to its already diverse programme, including more indie, dance and prom style performances. 
In addition to adapting the seating in Sage One, the project will also include a major refurbishment of the building’s iconic concourse – a focal point for many festivals, free events and a place to relax, play and work. The concourse is open to the public seven days a week throughout the day and the aim is to improve facilities so that even more people can use the building each year.
The Arts Council’s capital funding is intended to support organisations to develop their buildings and facilities in order to produce and present outstanding work. Widely regarded as a ‘performers’ venue,’ thanks to the quality of the acoustics, the news of a forthcoming ‘seats out’ option will not only achieve this goal, it has also been met with excitement within artist circles. Sting said of the project:
“I'm delighted to hear that Sage Gateshead has been successful in this bid. Sage One is a special room to play and I have some wonderful memories performing there. This new project should provide an even more dynamic live experience for both the artist and audience."

Tyne & Wear rising star of the indie scene, Sam Fender, has responded to the news with excitement:
“I’ve played some of the smaller rooms a couple of times but to think that Sage One will now offer standing room is amazing. Alongside the acoustics and bigger capacity, the seats out option will make Sage One a dream venue and even more artists will come to the toon.”
Paul Smith from Maximo Park said: “The atmosphere is undoubtedly more lively when people aren’t sitting down, as we found out when we played without the seats. Other large venues simply don’t sound (or look) as good as Sage One, so it will be great to get a broader range of acts (and audiences) into this incredible venue.”
Smoove & Turrell said: “We would be buzzing if the seats in Hall One could be removable as this would please all of our fans who have always expressed a preference to dance at our gigs.”
Ross Millard from The Futureheads said: “Sage Gateshead is an amazing venue to perform in, but the option of playing a show to a standing audience would always be preferable for a band like ours. As a musician who has played live shows for almost 20 years, my experience is that for a lot of performers/bands, standing shows generate an energy and line of communication with the audience that you simply can’t achieve in a seated venue.”
Abigail Pogson, Managing Director of Sage Gateshead, said: “We know that musicians and audiences love making and hearing music in Sage Gateshead. In 15 short years, it has become a flagship music venue for the North and is internationally recognised. Since opening our doors in 2004, we have been privileged to welcome some of the world’s greatest musicians to our festivals and stages, as well as playing a part in nurturing and supporting the next generation of musicians and running a huge music education programme.
“This capital work will help us to present and support an even wider range of musicians with events and festivals which reach an even wider audience and will also benefit the wider community. Foster + Partners created an iconic building for Tyneside 15 years ago and we can’t wait to complete this work to take our already great facilities to a new level.”
Jane Tarr, Director of Skills and Workforces, Arts Council England said: “Our capital funding is all about helping organisations to develop the buildings and facilities they need to produce and present excellent work. I’m delighted that our funding will help Sage Gateshead to install a seating system that will allow it greater flexibility in its programme and to stage a broader variety of artists and events which will be enjoyed by both the local community and visitors.”

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