STING is heading back to the region to perform a musical ode to his hometown’s industrial heritage - and you could be there for free.
Though the musician’s The Last Ship performances at Sage Gateshead quickly sold out, we’ve got three pairs of tickets to the show to give away.
One of only three performances of its kind in the UK, The Last Ship, which is sponsored by Cunard, will see the 16-time Grammy Award-winning musician perform songs from his latest album and new Broadway musical of the same name.
Set in his hometown of Wallsend, Tyneside, The Last Ship draws on Sting’s memories of growing up next to the Swan Hunter shipyard.
Over the years, 15 of Cunard’s ships were built at the yard, including the four-funnelled Mauretania, once the biggest ship in the world.
Sting said: “Cunard is one of the most famous names in shipping and a lot of very notable ships were built on Tyneside – Mauretania and Carpathia, to name but two. There’s a great lineage.
“I was born and raised in Wallsend in the shadow of the Swan Hunter shipyard. My earliest memories are of ships being built and launched into the river. You couldn’t escape Swan Hunter – there was a coal mine at one end of town and Swan Hunter at the other, so these ships loomed over our houses.
“With The Last Ship, I thought I would try to honour the community that I came from. Because everyone around me worked in the Swan Hunter shipyard. My grandfather worked in the shipyard. All his brothers worked in the shipyard. My family has had things to do with the sea for many years.”
The event will benefit the Sage Gateshead 10th Birthday Appeal.
Sting said: “Cunard is backing the concert that we are doing with the Sage in Gateshead. It’s a benefit for the Sage. It’s only right and fitting to take this story back in some form to the people who inspired it, so I’m really happy to do that.”
Sting will be joined on stage by fiddle and Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell and The Wilson Family from Billingham.
Money raised from will ensure that the Sage’s vital work supporting arts and culture in the region will continue.
Angus Struthers, Cunard’s marketing director, said: “As we mark Cunard’s 175th anniversary in 2015, our support of Sting’s benefit concerts at the Sage is a fitting way to commemorate the place where so many of Cunard’s finest ships were built, including one of our most celebrated – the magnificent Mauretania.
“The Last Ship captures the heart of the Tyneside ship building industry, reflecting Cunard’s own special heritage with the North East.”
We’ve teamed up with Cunard to give away three pairs of tickets to The Last Ship at Sage Gateshead on April 25, plus dinner for all the winners at the venue beforehand.
To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: where is Sting from?
Email your entry to Vicki.Newman@jpress.co.uk.
Closing date: April 22.