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divinecomedy18.jpg Have a Divine New Year's Eve

Party Poppers at the ready as The Divine Comedy get set to ring in the New Year with a show at Sage Gateshead on New Year’s Eve. (Legal note: Do the Sage allow party-poppers? God, I really don’t know.)

I’ve seen The Divine Comedy loads of times and they always pull it out of the bag, it, in this case, being show-stopper after show-stopper. Over a career that kicked off back in 1990 Neil Hannon has managed to pen 11 albums that are stuffed with literary songs marrying swooning romanticism, arch humour and no little pluck. What’s more he has all the requisite chutzpah to put these songs over in the grandest of venues and Sage Gateshead will be the perfect place to hear them. I love their early albums, particularly ‘Liberation’ and ‘Promenade’ but I suppose their imperious phase came with 1996’s ‘Casanova’, which had tracks such as ‘Something for the Weekend’, ‘Becoming More Like Alfie’ and ‘The Frog Princess’ and 1998’s ‘Fin de siècle’, which contained biggies such as ‘Generation Sex’ and ‘National Express’. Their last album was 2016’s ‘Foreverland’ and it showed that Hannon had lost absolutely none of his orchestral pop leanings with a release that was a big hit right across Europe and went top ten in the UK. There might be finer ways to end 2018 but I’m struggling to think of any.

The Divine Comedy + support, Monday 31 December, Sage Gateshead, 8.30pm, £38.20-£60. There are also dining packages available. sagegateshead.com