News: The Late Shows 2012

If all goes according to plan tonight I will be heading off to The Late Shows tonight. If you love, art, culture, museums and a good time then experience the amazing Late Shows. The Lates give you an opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities and art installations throughout Newcastle and Gateshead. Some of the amazing events that you can experience and the wondrous venues that will be hosting events tonight include:

The Sage

The Sage Gateshead invites you in for a drink and a ukulele jam – no experience needed, just a sense of humour and the will to give it a go! If that doesn’t take your fancy you can join the music pub quiz. From picture rounds to audio rounds, test your musical knowledge – folk, rock, films – you name it!

Meanwhile, in Hall Two, up and coming North East singer/ song writers (Natasha Haws, Ernie Stafford) pay tribute to the legendary Troubador club in LA, and celebrate music from the 1960s and 70s. Tickets for the New Rise of the Troubadours are £5 and available in advance or on the night from The Sage Gateshead ticket office, website or by phone on (0191) 443 4661.


Catch BALTIC’s spring season of exhibitions – see the hypnotic video work of Elizabeth Price in her exhibition HERE and temporarily journey to the desert with Andrea Zittel’s Lay of My Land.

At 7.30pm and 8.10pm The Sage Gateshead’s Silver Choir will perform a mixed set including the hit single “Take On Me” by a-ha, which soundtracks a section of Elizabeth Price work User Group Disco.

There’s a chance to grab a drink and take a look back to BALTIC’s first ten years of exhibitions in BALTIC Lounge. Add comments on your favourite exhibition or BALTIC moment to the noticeboard or tweet it including the hashtag #BALTICTEN.

The Sanctuary

The Ghetto Method street art collective join forces with the Bad Taste Cru and CoMusica for their return to Sanctuary Artspace with spray painting, Bboy demos and live Hip Hop. Have a go at creating your own graffiti wall sketchbook and take part in other hands-on activities.

The Café 8 team will also be on site with their homemade food and a mobile coffee bar to keep you going throughout the evening.


The lights are dimmed and the atmosphere is hushed as you enter the Better Place Portraiture séance. Watch film footage or step into the séance yourself to get in touch with lost pets who have passed on to a better place. Vane’s brand new exhibition space on Pilgrim Street will be opening its doors for this engaging performance by artists Darren Banks and Flora Whiteley.

World Headquarters

Wave your glowstick at the door for reduced price entry to Newcastle’s independent, truly underground, word of mouth, musically driven club as part of The Late Late Shows. Records are big in World Headquarters that aren’t big anywhere else and you’ll always hear a mix of really great tunes you know, as well as ones you don’t know.

The Lit & Phil

Art and books collide with The Book Apothecary, a Travelling Museum of Artist’s Books. The museum is housed in a series of reclaimed suitcases and, especially for The Late Shows, new artworks will be placed amongst the library’s books.

The exhibition will include work by Yvette Hawkins, Stevie Ronnie, Aidan Moseby, Hannah Keville, Theresa Easton and Dawn Felicia Knox. Writer Sheree Mack will join the book artists in creating poems and word sculptures. Unleash your creative talent and contribute to the production of a new artist’s book.

Drop in, take part and discover the hidden gems among the bookshelves of this iconic Newcastle institution!


A rare opportunity to experience ~Flow in a late night environment.

~Flow is a tidemill and floating artwork, housing electro-acoustic machinery that responds to the water in the River Tyne. Come and find out more about the artwork, and try your hand at playing the onboard instruments with tours led by their creators, Owl Project. Tours every 30 minutes (last tour at 10.30pm).

Toffee Factory

Toffee Factory is now open for business! Join us at our vintage tea party as we throw open our doors to celebrate. Enjoy live music from Lady Koo and The Kooky Kitchen and take your chance to tour Newcastle’s newest creative and digital hub.

The Outsiders

Drop into this Quayside gallery to see a new series of paintings from American artist Brett Amory. Hailed as one of the breakthrough talents of the past year, Amory literally makes art of streets.

The young artist’s ‘Waiting’ series features everyday members of the public doing just that. Simultaneously both soothing and troubling, Brett Amory is a huge talent already making subtle, complex artwork.

Have a great night if you pop along and I hope you get a glow stick!!!


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