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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Another guest review from @LilVik for @BeverleyKnight at @Sage_Gateshead 's 10th Birthday

The Sage Celebrates its 10th Birthday with a Knockout Performance from Beverley Knight


Unless you been hiding under a rock, this week is the 10th Birthday of The Sage  and what a way to celebrate a birthday, by inviting the funk-soul sister Beverley Knight to sing.

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

                                                                              (http://137imaging.co.uk)


SET LIST:

MADE IT BACK
GREATEST DAY
MAMA USD TO SAY
APPARENTLY NOTHING
PIECE OF MY HEART
GOLD
ROCKSTEADY
AIN’T THAT A LOT OF LOVE
BLACKBUTTA
COME AS YOU ARE
SHOULDA WOULD COULDA
BABY COME HOME
KEEP THIS FIRE BURNING
I’M EVERY WOMAN (THE BODYGUARD)
LOVE WILL STAND (MEMPHIS)
CUDDLY TOY



*BOLD – WITH THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR

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