The Glasshouse International Centre for Music

The Glasshouse International Centre for Music

The Glasshouse International Centre for Music
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
4:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
8:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
8:45 AM - 6:00 PM
About
We were Sage Gateshead. We're now The Glasshouse International Centre for Music. New name. Same great home for live music lovers. The Glasshouse is a home for live music lovers - from diehard fans, aspiring artists, and tambourine-shaking toddlers to rock legends, pop icons, and our own acclaimed orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia. With top-notch gigs, concerts, and classes every week - in our own venue at Gateshead Quays, out in communities across the North East, and online - anyone can join us in creating and celebrating outstanding music. Whether you’re making it up or taking it in, you’ll find music lives and grows here.
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  • Nickynoo
    Darlington, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Jazz by the Tyne
    Went to see Late night Proms . There were 2 jazz artists both if which had never heard of before and it was first time at the Sage too . Fabulous venue - we were in smaller hall which was full and although it’s not Ronnie Scott’s ( it was a lot cheaper ) both artists were simply brilliant - so much so ended up downloading playlist onto Spotify and the BBC recording too .
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • T Smith
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Behind the scenes building tour
    A beautiful building purpose built for music. I have been to music events here many times but this time I went on the building tour. It was very interesting, the guides were very knowledgable and we saw areas the public don’t usually have access to. The highlight was watching the orchestra rehearse.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 20, 2023
  • bob19872018
    Whitehaven, United Kingdom269 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simon & Garfunkel Story was first class in a first class venue
    Good parking spaces for the venue. Easy access, swift checking of tickets etc. Numerous bars, a tad expensive but would be expected in a captive audience. The Auditorium was excellent, good visibility, great acoustics. The actual show of The Simon & Garfunkel was brilliant, all the audience loved it. Great venue, great show, first class.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • AJJP1
    Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom1,301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paul Carrack superb
    Had the most fantastic evening. What a superb venue The acoustics were brilliant Lots of safe parking options Easy to get into Nice bars and classy public areas Seats were fantastic. Lucky us, seeing Level 42 next Saturday 🎤
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Tracy S
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Horrific bar prices…
    As always a great night to see Beverley Knight in concert. Venue amazing, staff always courteous, however, as usual the price of the drinks is horrific as is the quality of the wine. £15 for a pint and a small wine with the wine having the vintage of a malt vinegar. Now I know the venue will say prices are in line with overhead and standard of venue but they’re not. If weatherspoons can do a pint for £2 and a large villa maria sav blanc for £3 what does that say….let’s have some choice of wine that is decent with a price review. These are airport prices on steroids, can’t be right!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Chris J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brass in Concert
    Stunning venue, spotless throughout, great day's entertainment from start to finish. Happily visit again and take in more of Newcastle next time. Only one niggle. The gap under the soap dispenser in the gents was a barely big enough to get your hand under.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 27, 2023
  • speob
    Harrow, United Kingdom221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place, but those main auditorium seats!
    Nice venue – interesting architecture, good facilities, friendly and helpful staff... but MY GOD, those seats in the main auditorium (Sage 1) are uncomfortable! They're somehow slightly tilting forward, so you have to constantly push back with your feet and legs to stop sliding off, and not only that but the huge base of the seat in front of you leaves you wondering where to put your feet. Okay for a short stay, but try sitting there for hours – eek!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Andrew197040
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great show but bar rubbish!
    Been tonight for the Northern Sinfonia 007 show which was absolutely brilliant however you need to sort out your bar service, it’s painfully slow. At the interval we queues for ages for drinks on level 3 only to get to the front to discover to be told the card machine was dud and it was cash only which we didn’t have, the bar staff didn’t have the sense to inform the queue this was the case, very infuriating. We loved to the other queue and finally ordered however when we raised it with the guy serving us he couldn’t have looked less bothered… no apology or anything. The intervals in shows aren’t very long so quite often you have to go in before you’ve even been served. Sort it out!!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Jules
    Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great night out
    We visited The Glasshouse with our young grandson, to watch The Classic Rock Show last weekend. Our whole experience was very good with no complaints. The staff were very helpful, especially the man selling merchandise to my grandson .Auditorium staff also very good . We didn’t use their bar facilities or car park either so can’t comment. The toilet’s etc . we’re clean . Seats clean & comfortable . We had a brilliant night and the band (Classic Rock Show ) were excellent as usual. They were so lovely to my grandson when they signed his poster. Will definitely return.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 15, 2024
  • Northisbest
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World class
    This is a world class venue delivering world class music to the North East and beyond. Today I attended the concert by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet of piano music mainly by Debussy. What can I say except it was outstanding, beautiful and moving. The performance in that amazing venue was unforgettable.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 4, 2024
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Kathryn S
Whitley Bay, UK41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Went last night to see Go West who were fantastic (shame about Paul Young who was terrible). The Sage is a lovely venue with a fantastic view. We bought a bottle of prosecco which was extremely overpriced at £30 just before the concert was starting. We poured it into plastic cups so we could take it to our seats only to be stopped at the door by staff who told us we couldn't take any drinks inside. Why isn't this allowed and why weren't we informed of this when buying it? When we were leaving at the end of the night, we had to queue to go through a small door when there were other doors that could have been opened. Such a lovely place with ridiculous rules and overpriced drinks.
Written May 15, 2022
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skifan101
newcastle on tyne24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Went to see Rumors of FleetwoodMac last april. The venue Sage 1 was absolutly perfect for the show, big enough for a really good sound system but not to big so you couldn't see the band. Plenty of bars for a drink before hand & helpful staff who were always pleasant. Enjoyed it so much have booked to see this band again this may.
Written February 8, 2020
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Zenbob1
United Kingdom36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Attended this venue on Saturday 24th October and must say it was a delight considering present Covid conditions. In one way it was sad that a venue which would usually hold 1600 could only facilitate 300 but in another way it was an intimate event. Congratulations to the Sage staff for managing the evening and I hope more people support the sage and the Arts with donations so more events can be staged
Written October 26, 2020
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holidaymanWashington
Washington, UK2,122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
It was good to be back after the long Covid absence. We went to see Duke Ellington's Strictly Smoking Big Band with Pete Long, which should have been on about this time last year. It was nice to see the new improved tables and seating in the cafe area. Unfortunately the seating in Sage Two hadn't been improved and was still cramped and as hard as nails. Having said that, the concert was excellent and lasted much longer than advertised, making it even better value for money. The sound was also very well balanced for a change, which was a pleasant surprise.
Written February 26, 2022
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annie99942
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Our first trip back to the Sage post Covid. We were so looking forward to it. We used to be Friends of the Sage so we are very experienced concert goers, Last night’s performance of Rogers and Hammerstein classics was absolutely ruined for me by people in the audience singing along. We paid a lot of money to hear a wonderful orchestra and four of the best vocalists in the country but all I could hear was the catlike screeching of a woman two seats along from me. We moved seats in the interval, to poorer seats, but could still hear people singing along. Everyone in that auditorium knew the words to the songs but we didn’t all belt them out- this was due to consideration for other people. The Sage needs to ask at the beginning of the concert that people refrain from joining in, this was not meant to be a sing along.
Written February 25, 2023
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Michael Cothay
Stanley, UK15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The show 'Fairytale of New York'..........It cost us both £60.00 plus £4.80 for parking. I booked these tickets months ago hoping for a professional, class show that would entertain us both before Christmas especially after reading all the hype about it. What a disappointment. Firstly, the set looked like it had been constructed from remnants from B and Q. We have seen better sets at School Christmas plays. Secondly, that band was ok at best. The dancers where good, which to us was the only redeemable part of the show that we saw.
We tried to work out the association of the title 'New York' with what we saw and guess what, we couldn't. It should have been named 'Fairytale of Dublin'. Another anomaly was the appearance of a ballerina in full gear on one of the scenes which got us scratching our heads as to why, as she looked totally out of place. It looked like the director was getting short of original ideas (having duplicated a short version of Riverdance earlier in the production) and asked the cast of eleven who could do ballet. Weird or what.
The singing was mediocre and made some much loved annual Christmas songs sound unloved.
We watched the audiences reaction to what was being presented to them. Some looked like they were enjoying themselves (or were just resolved to make the most of a bad job), some looked bemused, some looked incredulous at what was happening and were not participating.
All in all we thought it was an amateur production performed by people who we are sure are talented. We left after the first half thinking that we were the only ones who thought the above, but were surprised (or maybe not) to bump into others heading for the car park who thought the same.
Had we known how bad this production was, we would have been better off finding an Irish pub that had Irish performers and drank Guinness all night for half the price, and enjoyed it.
Written December 18, 2023
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Dave
Spennymoor, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Went there with my wife to see Classic Clapton a band I'd been following for years and this was their farewell concert . The drinks were very expensive and seemed to be a different price each time we went to the bar. The wife bought a glass of white wine £9 and asked for it in a plastic glass to take inside but when we tried new were told this was not allowed so she had the neck the entire thing in 5 minutes. After climbing multiple stairs and struggling.in the dark we found our seats which were on level 3 I think I couldn't see the entire stage and could only see the keyboard player who is very good but in a Clapton tribute act not really who I want to watch for the entire concert. I occasionally saw the lead singer and guitarist like a rare bird flitting between the branches of a tree and never saw the drummer or bassist if there were there. How the sage can charge £22 pounds per ticket for this disgraceful seating is beyond me but thanks for ruining a gig I'd been looking forward to for months.

Written December 2, 2023
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Jack K
Kirkcaldy, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I attended the Beethoven Weekend on 22 and 23 February. I was a bit late off the mark and had to purchase individual tickets which meant I was seated in 5 different locations in the main concert hall. No matter where I sat I could hear everything clearly but I could hear things I was able to hear detail with greater clarity than in most other venues. One of the conductors opined that the main hall has the best acoustics in the UK..

The seats were quite comfortable and all afforded a good view of the stage. Up on level 3 the rows were sufficiently well spaced so that even a large or big haired person sitting in front would not obscure one's view. The temperature was well regulated and it was not unduly hot sitting so high up.

In the foyer there was perhaps a bit of a deficit of seating but otherwise everything seemed to function efficiently.

Altogether a good place to visit and a great concert hall.
Written February 26, 2020
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Zak2096
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
At Sage Gateshead to see a band and thought we’d have a drink before the show started. I had a 175ml glass of red wine and my husband a half pint of Blue Moon. It came to £11.36! We queried the cost as it seemed extortionately large for what we ordered and we’re told the glass of wine was £8.50! We were staying in a four star hotel across the river which only charged £5.60 for the same! Absolute extortion! Think we’ll be drinking elsewhere before we go to the Sage next time!
Written April 21, 2023
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KMLStowmarket
Stowmarket, UK52 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
My son and I went to ‘Brass In Concert’. Obviously a brilliant building (and the event itself was great), but ridiculous admin and staffing situations….

without being pre-warned, when we arrived we were told no bags were allowed in the auditorium. We were due to be there for 9 or more hours and had important stuff in the bag, but had to empty what we needed into our pockets! The service was so slow…. It took easily 2mins for the woman to take my bag to a shelf and return with my ticket stub. They said we could easily access the bag again whenever we needed, but the 2 times I did so it took forever to queue, as only one member of staff was doing it, and they again took 2+ mins per bag. Stupid system. There were around 4-8 sitting just round the corner on the main desk chatting permanently most of the day, but only one staff on the cloakroom. Why? And why not allow bags, or at least alert us clearly to it in advance. We arrived 30mins early but spent all of that time queuing for the cloakroom.

Also, we left the auditorium at the end of session 1 to pop to the toilet, then they physically locked us out for the 40min break!!!…. there was nowhere to sit (not enough for 1600 people anyway) and our coats etc (with pockets full of our stuff) we’re locked in the auditorium. Absolute nonsense.

Good job the event was good. But wtf are Sage doing?!
Written November 20, 2022
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