Nightmares On Wax kicks off a week-long musical extravaganza at the Sage Gateshead curated by Lauren Laverne.

This evening marks the opening of the much celebrated Great Exhibition of the North. Thousands of revellers descend upon the banks of the River Tyne as a whole raft of festivities takes place throughout the Newcastle and Gateshead area to mark the first day of this landmark event.

Over the course of the next week, the Sage Gateshead will be hosting Lauren Laverne’s ‘Great Northern Soundtrack’. This being a series of concerts celebrating some of the best talents to have emerged from the region in recent times. The carefully chosen bill features artists spanning from Newcastle to Manchester and Sunderland to Sheffield and includes the likes of PINS, Roisin Murphy, Nadine Shah, Kathryn Tickell, and Maximo Park’s Paul Smith among many others.

Tonight it’s the turn of Leeds based DJ and electronic producer George Evelyn also known as Nightmares On Wax to grace the stage of the Sage Gateshead’s Hall One.

Immediately from the off, it becomes apparent that this show is unlike any other we’ve ever witnessed in this very room. The stage converted into a giant living room space complete with leather armchairs and sofas which in turn conveys a very intimate setting for the performance. As Evelyn takes to the stage, he releases incense into the room further enhancing this homely atmosphere.

Nightmares On Wax opens the show with several tracks from new album Shape The Future. Tonight there is little need for the seats inside of Hall One with the majority of the crowd up on their feet throughout; of course, dancing in the aisles ensues. Large video screens at the rear of the stage broadcast complimentary visuals throughout the show.

Evelyn is accompanied on stage this evening by his four-piece live band featuring Grant Kershaw (drums), JD73 (keyboards) and the formidable vocal talents of Sadie Walker and Leigh Stephen Kenny (LSK) who perform seamlessly together all night long.

With a vast discography on Warp Records going back to 1991, during the second half of the show Nightmares On Wax showcases many of their classic cuts. This includes crowd-pleasing renditions of “Flip Ya Lid” and “Citizen Kane”, both of which feature astounding vocal performances by LSK.

Walker’s angelic voice resonates throughout the Sage Gateshead during a mesmerising performance of the bass-heavy “Deep Shadows”. The latter of which being one of the many standout moments of the show. The beautiful symphonic sounds of chill out anthem “Les Nuits” is the perfect conclusion to the main set. Evelyn’s instrumental masterpiece leaves the crowd wanting more. 

However, tonight is not all about the music. As Evelyn returns to the stage he takes the opportunity to share with the Gateshead crowd details of the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life charitable foundation. Collectively LNADJ and Nightmares On Wax have been working on fundraising initiatives to enable the dance music industry to make a positive impact in support of children in crisis. 

The night is brought to a close with old favourite “Da Feelin”; the whole room on their feet, the crowd can’t help but be swept away by the song’s infectious groove.

This evening Nightmares On Wax delivers a show like no other and proves to be the perfect way to get both this opening party and the Great Exhibition of the North started.

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Event Date: 22-June-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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