Ms Knight burst onto the stage with much loved numbers Made It Back and Greatest Day then into a few number from the Soul UK album, which was the last time she had performed at The Sage. One of the biggest interactions with the crowd was when Apparently Nothing was performed as 90% of the crowd had their mobiles out shining their ‘little lights’.
Hit after hit came from slow songs to funky sounds. Then to honour the 10th birthday of The Sage, hundreds of school children, came onto the stage to perform. These children were also in their 10th year! What a brilliant addition to the set. They sang their hearts out and signed a lot of the words to Shoulda Woulda Coulda, Baby Come Home and Keep This Fire Burning. And a much deserved standing ovation followed.
As some will know, Beverley Knight has been doing West End theatre for a few years now. First there was her role in The Bodyguard and now she is currently in Memphis. So, naturally a number from each show came and blew the roof off the venue. She ended her set with Roachford’s Cuddly Toy leaving the crowd on their feet and wanting more…but that will have to wait til she is next back to the North East.
If I am honest it was a pretty subdued crowd for the first few numbers but Ms Knight gave her all and her crowd interaction was spot on and like any Beverley Knight show she soon got those who normally like to sit and watch a show put on their dancing feet.
HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY, THE SAGE. Here’s to more and more Beverley Knight celebrations.
WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: Victoria Ling – 137 Imaging