International pop sensation Anastacia reprises her Ultimate Collection tour at the Sage Gateshead.

Having sold in excess of 50 million albums worldwide, Anastacia is arguably one of the most recognisable voices of our time. Anastacia’s second greatest hits album the Ultimate Collection became the artist’s impressive sixth British Top Ten record.

The US-based singer-songwriter performed in this very room just over a year ago and tonight’s return leg at the Sage Gateshead is a celebration of the countless hits which this phenomenal vocalist has released throughout the course of her extensive career.

Having performed in the North East of England several times in the past, Anastacia’s fans are out in their droves this evening, there’s not an empty seat in the house. Although these seats become largely redundant tonight, as from the moment the artist takes to the stage, the whole room is up on their feet. 

Making her entrance into the room through a giant letter A at the rear of the stage, Anastacia launches into a triple whammy of hard hitting numbers. These include her take on Christina Aguilera’s “Army of Me”, fan favourite “Sick and Tired” and “Stupid Little Things”.

What is immediately apparent is the scale of the production on display this evening, Anastacia has brought with her in tow an impressive arena-sized stage show. This includes high rise platforms and walkways, as well as incredible stage lighting, and a world-class backing band and dancers. 

Throughout the course of the show, it feels as though Anastacia connects with everyone in the room in turn. She is often seen blowing kisses at fans reaching out to her from the balcony or fist bumping those at the front as she dances around the stage.

During “You’ll Never Be Alone” Anastacia gets up close and personal with the Tyneside audience as she circumnavigates the front of house. During which time she shakes hands with anyone who reaches out to her, sings a few bars of the song whilst sat next to an unsuspecting fan and even takes selfies with one of her youngest followers as she makes her way around the hall.

Of course, there’s also room for a few costume changes along the way. Whilst Anastacia is off stage, both the band and her incredible backing vocalists entertain the audience with both a funky disco medley and some sublime dance routines.

Although the focus of the show is Anastacia’s greatest hits, there is also room for some of the deeper cuts and rarities thanks to an interactive app which was developed for this tour, giving the fans the opportunity to vote for songs to be played during the show each night. Tonight it’s the turn of the soulful “Pendulum” from 2014’s Resurrection album to get an airing, during which Anastacia takes the Sage Gateshead to church.

During songs like “Cowboys and Kisses” Anastacia truly showcases her incredible voice; the powerhouse vocalist fills this acoustically perfect room at the Sage Gateshead with some incredible vocal acrobatics.

Heading into the final moments of the show Anastacia delivers a hard rocking cover of the Foo Fighter’s “Best of You” displaying both the depth and breadth of her musical styles and influences.

Anastacia brings her main set to a close with the song which started it all for the singer “I’m Outta Love”. Of course, the audience hangs on every word, and it leaves them wanting more. The fans are rewarded with not one, but a two song encore of the upbeat “Left Outside Alone” before the huge “One Day In Your Life” draws a close to Anastacia’s marathon set.

Tonight Anastacia manages to make both this huge room and show feel intimate, breaking down the barrier between the audience and the artist, everyone is in the moment together. It takes real superstar quality to be able to command and take ahold of a room in this way, and Anastacia certainly has that in spades; she delivers a thoroughly enjoyable career-spanning set which leaves no stone unturned.

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Event Date: 01-June-2017

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.