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Sage Gateshead’s New Name is Revealed
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September 2023
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Sage Gateshead has today revealed its new name, inspired by the idea that 'music lives and grows here'

Ahead of their Open House Weekend (16th and 17th September), Living North learn more about why the region's biggest cultural charity has changed its name and look.

Sage Gateshead’s new name has been hot topic since the charity revealed the decision for the change last year, which started when it was announced that an arena and conference centre would be built next door and would be called The Sage. While suggestions such as The Slug and The Armadillo (referencing the iconic building’s shape, designed by renowned architects Foster + Partners) were crossed out, music lovers had their input on the decision online and within the building itself. 

Hundreds of visitors shared memories of hearing and learning music at Sage Gateshead and what this meant to them – and the centre’s new identity was created with Manchester-based design team Music with conversations with music-lovers from across the North East.

Drum-roll please. Sage Gateshead has been renamed… The Glasshouse.

Its full title is The Glasshouse International Centre for Music, and it remains a home for live music lovers.

Quite fitting really, considering the centre has 630 panes of glass, and it helps music and musicians grow. A new marque celebrates the centre’s bold architecture which people said ‘was as much a symbol of home as the Tyne Bridge’. Out of this has emerged a visual language that combines the joy of music and iconic status of the charity’s home at Gateshead Quays.

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Dinis Sousa and RNS. Image: Tynesight Photographic

The Glasshouse’s logo represents the iconic shape of the building itself but it also depicts what could be described as sound waves. These shapes can now be seen throughout the building in various bright colours.

While the centre’s name and look may have changed, its commitment to great live music for everyone is unwavering, and across this weekend, (16th and 17th September), The Glasshouse will open its doors for two days of  live music, building tours and music-making opportunities – all for free. Everyone is welcome. ‘It’s a free invitation to come on down and to see what’s going on,’ says managing director Abigail Pogson. ‘We’ve then got our autumn season of activity and then of course Christmas where there’s so much to look forward to. 

‘We’ll be showcasing all genres of music and hopefully there’ll be something for all ages as well. If you want to participate, we run music classes and courses and with the start of term it’s a chance to sign up. There’s a whole range of different kinds of music you can learn in our Music Education Hubs.'

As an international centre for music The Glasshouse is focused on creating and celebrating outstanding music – whether that’s unearthing or growing talent from the region or bringing the world’s best artists to their stages. They’re focused on making sure all of that is available for everyone. The Glasshouse is also launching a new Music Pass to continue supporting music lovers. For every baby born in the North East and Cumbria this year the charity will give families a voucher to be spent on their concerts, gigs or classes. 

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‘We’re 19, so there’s a generation of young people who have grown up with us and as we make this shift and start our new chapter we wanted to send a signal to tell the next generation that we’re here,’ says Abigail. ‘It’s a modest thing, it’s not enormous but it’s about encouraging the next generation of music lovers and musicians and above all saying that everyone should have access to music and the arts and culture. This small thing will enable that.

‘We hope we can serve the whole of the region with amazing gigs, bringing artists here who might otherwise not come to our region. Having the region’s orchestra [Royal Northern Sinfonia] working from our building and touring from here is key in that. Hopefully that’s something people will want to connect with but it’s also a place that shares the identity of the North East with the wider world. It’s in all of our pictures and it’s certainly become iconic.’

The Glasshouse will celebrate 20 years next year. Every year it welcomes more than two million visitors, and more than 1.7m young people have learnt to play, sing or produce with the music centre. ‘So many people have enjoyed a great gig here – 4.7 million tickets have been sold in that time,’ says Abigail. ‘Young people and adults have enjoyed over 2,000 classes and the orchestra (Royal Northern Sinfonia) has been flying our flag around the world. There’s a set of artists and musicians who have come through, starting out with a small gig on the Concourse Stage and gone through our larger spaces and are now selling out arenas.

‘All of that has happened over the last 19 years and I guess what we’ve found is that everyone has their own story about our charity and what it’s meant to them. That might be about people they’ve met, something they’ve learned, refuge or social connection. We’ve heard and continue to hear individual stories which all stack up to summarise what’s happened in that 19 years.’

As a cultural charity The Glasshouse is reliant on individuals, companies and trusts to help make their work happen. To find out how to support them, and how they can support you, visit

What’s On at The Glasshouse in 2023

Hannah Peel
Wednesday 27th September
With her Mercury Prize short-listed album Fir Wave.

Howay the Lasses
Thursday 5th October
Celebrating the lives of notable women heroes of the North East.

Saturday 14th October 
Performing Lighthouse Family’s favourites including Lifted, High and Ocean Drive.

Hocus Pocus in Concert
Wednesday 25th October
A bewitching treat from Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Christmas Wreath Workshop
Saturday 9th December
A lesson on how to make your own Christmas wreath.

Home Alone in Concert
Saturday 9th December & Sunday 10th December
Performed live to picture by Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Lanterns On The Lake
Friday 15th December
Off the back of their much-anticipated album Versions of Us.

Kate Rusby
Wednesday 20th December
Celebrating turning 50 with a new Christmas album.

Kamasi Washington. Image: Adam Kennedy
Maria Włoszczowska. Image: Tynesight Photographic
Sam Fender and RNS. Image: Amelia Read

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