After everything that went on last year I’m determined that this year will be the year of ‘doing stuff’. As that happens, the ‘stuff’ is looking like it’s going to be concerts. Since overcoming being slightly frightened about being in crowded spaced post-COVID and fighting ft and healthy again I was to see all the shows. One of my favourite venues in the north east in the Glasshouse International Centre for Music (formerly the Sage) and they have some really great shows coming up in 2024 which I’m really excited about, and if they’re anything like Kelis was last year, it’s going to be a fun, nostalgia filled year:
Here’s my top picks for 2024 at The Glasshouse:
Wet, Wet, Wet and Go West
What an 80s and 90s feast for the ears uniting for the first time for a co-headling tour. Never before have I been as excited about a pop co-headline since New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys in 2012. Wet Wet Wets greatest hits was never far from my multi disc CD changer in the 90s (they’re so much more than Love Is All Around you know) and Go West are just the 80s personified for me. You’ll know every word to every song, I guarantee.
Saturday 27th January: tickets here
After taking the nation by storm and pipping Susan Boyle to the top space on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 this is sure to be another mind blowing show. I could watch people dance in sync all day long but it’s Diversity’s creativity that really makes them a cut above the rest, from their fun performances hoying Perri all over the place to the iconic and culturally relevant BLM performance from a few years ago, it will without a doubt leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.
Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 February: tickets here
Rob Brydon – A Night of Songs & Laughter
He’s one of my favourite comedians at the moment anyway – I absolutely love the relationship he has with David Mitchell and Lee Mack on Would I Lie To You but the fact he’s accompanied by a 9 piece orchestra means this it’s not going to be your average comedy show. I think his own musical journey will be fascinating, and his anecdotes from Gavin and Stacey and his famous celebrity impressions will be hilarious. If he doesn’t do Mick Jagger, and the little man in a box I’ll be very disappointed!
Thursday 7 March: tickets here
Lemar – Closer Tour 2024
I’ve followed Lemar since he was on Fame Academy; his version of Let’s Stay Together almost made it as he first dance at our wedding (but he was narrowly beaten by Bruce Springsteen) and I’ve been lucky to see him before at the Newcastle City Hall and the Tyne Theatre. You know you’re always going to get a good show as he effortlessly goes through his brilliant back catalogue with his silky smooth voice – he’s always got excellent crowd interaction too. The cherry on the cake? If he brought out Jamelia for an recreation of their Brits performance of Addicted to Love, which, no lie, is my all time favourite Brit duet ever.
Friday 5 April: tickets here
Everybody knows I’m the world’s biggest boy band fan and what you may not know is that Blue actually rank quite highly in my boyband top ten. Both their first and second albums were always on my discman for my morning commutes to work (they have a song written by Gary Barlow on their first album which is an amazing pop song) and having already seem them live at the Newcastle Arena, I know that vocally they can cut it live. Add all that to the amazing acoustics in The Glasshouse and this show will be a non stop 90s pop party!
Friday 26 April: tickets here