1. Sage Gateshead
What is it? Iconic concert venue by the river Tyne that opened in 2004 and looks like a giant, shiny slug (in a good way).
Why go? Like the Sydney Opera House, the Sage Gateshead is such a singular building that it’s worth visiting even if you’re not actually there for the music. If, however, that is why you’re here, the programme is made up of world-class classic, brass, jazz, blues, folk… the list goes on.