Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

All Things Bright and Beautiful

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Byline: By Sam Wonfor

Big, Beautiful and Curvy.

Three words which go a long way to summing up the first impressions conjured up as you approach the drop-off point at The Sage Gateshead ( and they also make up a phrase emblazoned across a variety of T-shirts which will doubtless be snapped up by many of the venue's debut punters today.

It has been a 15-year journey, but today The Sage Gateshead will be accessible to the general public for the first time as its three-day opening weekend event gets underway.

And here are the first images which can finally give everyone in the North-East a real perspective on just what we have on our doorstep.

Fifteen thousand people, who were lucky enough to sign up for free tickets in September, will pass through the doors of Norman Foster's pounds 70m masterpiece in the next three days to see and hear the results of the work we have all seen taking shape over the past four years on the banks of the River Tyne.

They will all be shown round each of the six structurally separate buildings which are housed underneath the giant, rounded glass covering, while hearing performances from a spectrum-panning range of artists ( perfectly illustrating the wide remit for The Sage which has always been at the core of its vision.

Another essential element to the planning of all of the performance spaces was the challenge to make them acoustically perfect for whatever genre of music someone should choose to play in them.

For the past two months, rehearsals and tuning sessions have ensured that from the moment the first notes are played today, the audiences will be getting just that.

Yesterday, cameras were allowed inside The Sage for the first time, along with journalists from all over the UK and the world as the final dots and crosses were placed on the piece of the Newcastle Gateshead landscape which has been cornering the eye-catching market of the Quayside since the foundations were laid. This actually provides visitors to The Sage with another, additional and perhaps unexpected gift. …

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