Dutch chanteuse Caro Emerald brings a touch of vintage Hollywood glamour to the Sage Gateshead.

Following the success of the Emerald Island tour last year, the multi-platinum selling vocalist makes a welcome return to Tyneside with another sold-out show at the Sage Gateshead. This being Miss Emerald’s fourth appearance in the region in recent times.

Caro appears from the rear of the stage bedecked in a shimmering four-tier skirt and a black top as she eases the crowd into the show gently with the enchanting sounds of “Riviera Life”, new song “Chromambo” and “Tangled Up”. Caro’s beautiful voice sounds phenomenal in this acoustically perfect room.

Caro Emerald’s music comes together like a giant melting pot of global sounds and influences. This, in turn, has an effect on the audience whereby it transports them to warmer climes; a place free of troubles where they can relax, forget about their problems, sit back or dance – if the mood strikes. The tropical sounds of “Tahitian Skies” along with the Cuban rhythms of “My 2 Cents”, being a testament to this.

Emerald is accompanied throughout by her versatile seven-piece band of multi-instrumentalists. This comprises of a horn section, strings, keys and percussion. Of course, guitarist Wieger Hoogendorp has been with the Amsterdam Conservatory jazz-trained singer from the start. Mid-set the pair comes together as they give a rare airing of “Close To Me”. Caro’s heartfelt delivery has the Gateshead audience completely transfixed.

A mid-set costume change allows the band to showcase their talents with a musical medley before Emerald turns up the heat with a sound which is reminiscent in places of New Orlean’s Bourbon Street by the way of swinging jazz number “You Don’t Love Me”.

Emerald addresses the audience “I was wondering if you feel like dancing;” and the crowd doesn’t have to be asked twice. New song “Wake Up Romeo” certainly hits the spot and gets the whole room up on their feet. On the strength of the new material featured in the show this evening, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s The Shocking Miss Emerald will most certainly be worth the wait. 

One of the many highlights of the set is Caro’s take on Camila Cabello’s “Havana”. With its fiery Latin rhythm and catchy hooks, Emerald makes it her own. Tonight Caro Emerald proves that she can turn her hand to any musical style or genre.

As dancing in the aisles ensues, the incredibly infectious “Back It Up” and “Liquid Lunch” along with lively Jazz number “That Man” brings the show to its explosive conclusion. A two-song encore featuring a foot-stomping rendition of “Stuck” and fan favourite “A Night Like This” wraps up an incredible night of music on Tyneside.

Tonight Caro Emerald truly charms the Sage Gateshead with her warm and enchanting voice, impeccable style and genre-defying musical palette. 

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Event Date: 11-Oct-2018

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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.

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