This weekend has been all about 6 music festival, from Mike staying up all night for the Festival Hack Day (while I listened to the festival on the radio) to going to the festival last night. It’s been so awesome listening to my favourite DJs discussing my local haunts and people (musicians) who I see knocking around town from time to time. It’s fair to say that the region has well and truly stood up to this level of attention. Fascinating things to see around every corner and plenty of musical talent to boot.
The Sage, venue for the 6 music festival on Sunday night
I don’t think I have ever said on Mums’ Days what my husband does but basically, with his business partner (and a team of very talented individuals) he runs a multi-award winning digital agency called Orange Bus. This is why he and a team of the guys he works with were invited to join the 6 music festival hack. They had 24 hours to create something, an app or something techy (I know all the technical terms), that could be used to enhance the life of a festival goer. Mike’s team worked their butts off and created an incredible location-based app and managed to bag the top prize.
Then last night it was with excitement that we skipped off to the Sage (I skipped, Mike crawled after very little sleep for the last 48 hours) to watch the final night of the 6 music festival.
The buzz as we entered the Sage was electric and the venue looked stunning – decked out in a cross between the circus and how I would imagine Butlins looked in the 60s, there strings upon strings of festoon lights and foliage a plenty to match the living logo that 6 music opted for this year’s festival.
It felt amazing to be there and part of an event that was so publicly showcasing our beautiful region. Not only are there a shed-load of castles (!) but even the city scape is stunning! This photo is terribly grainy but gives you an idea of the inside of the Sage and the view over the Tyne of the Tyne Bridge.
When we first arrived King Cresosote was playing in the concourse stage, and filling the venue with beautiful music. There were also 3 other stages. Hall 1, the Concourse and Hall 2 had bands including Gaz Coombes, Neneh Cherry and The Charlatans, and Hall 3 had mainly DJs and a nightclub vibe.
After we watched King Cresosote we tried to get in to watch Gaz Coombes but after making a series of drink related errors, we couldn’t actually get in because the venue was at capacity! We finished our drinks and went up a couple of levels and just literally caught the last couple of bars and the huge round of applause.
30 minutes later and Neneh Cherry was on. With only a 30 minute set, she only played her new stuff, not a Buffalo Stance in site (as you’d expect), but it was pretty awesome to see a legend live! She looked amazing.
After that it was back to the Concourse to watch Public Service Broadcasting (who were unfortunately on at the same time as Jamie T) who were incredible! What a performance and the whole venue was bopping (I’m such a mum). They completely stole the show for me and made the whole experience truly memorable.
After that I managed to locate Mike, who was shattered and starving so we had an above average seared steak and salad in a flatbread (far too healthy, I was still hankering for chips afterwards!!) from the incredible food market. Then as I discussed the change in the region from the 80s to now with my Bangladeshi Taxi driver, I propped Mike’s head up while he slept all the way home. Awww!
An incredible night. The only down side was that I didn’t meet Lauren Lavern. I was convinced we’d instantly become the best of friends. Next time!