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Evolution Emerging 2015 searches for next wave of musical talent

The North East's biggest emerging music event is looking for new artists for this year's event in May

B>E>A>K at Evolution Emerging 2013
B>E>A>K at Evolution Emerging 2013

Evolution Emerging, the North East’s biggest event for new music is searching for fresh talent.

The annual event, organised by music development agency Generator, takes over the best venues in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle to showcase some of the region’s best up and coming artists, as well as some from further afield.

Now in its seventh year, Evolution Emerging began as a complementary event to the currently on-hiatus Evolution Festival, but has developed into a much looked forward to happening in its own right.

Over the years it has unearthed countless artists from the North East and beyond, with notable performances from Nadine Shah, Big Beat Bronson, Lisbon, The Lake Poets, Boy Jumps Ship and Bridie Jackson & The Arbour.

It was nominated for Best Event Tyneside at last year’s Journal Culture Awards and with the 2014 festival selling out, Generator are looking for the next wave of artists to play in 2015.

This year’s event takes place on Saturday May 23 and will see 40 artists playing across nine venues in the Ouseburn including The Cluny, Cluny 2, The Tyne and The Cumberland Arms.

Bob Allan, artist development manager at Generator said: “We’re really proud to be in our seventh year of Evolution Emerging and with our 2014 event selling out it proves that people have an appetite to discover the next big thing.

“Also, Generator’s ability to programme the best emerging talent in the region and beyond has provided a fantastic platform for new acts to follow in the footsteps of Lulu James, Mausi, Beth Jeans Houghton, The Lake Poets, Nadine Shah, Lisbon, We Are Knuckle Dragger and Boy Jumps Ship.”

In 2014, Evolution Emerging continued its commitment to welcome rising stars as well as perhaps lesser known acts from the music industry, bringing Gallery Circus, Sam Fender, Dalaro and Immy Williams to the stage in front of some of the 1,500 music fans who descended on the venues during the event which runs through the day and night.

Once again ticket holders can expect to see the very best upcoming artists from the North East, along with special guest headliners and Generator’s favourite new artists from across the UK unearthed through the agency’s Tipping Point blog and a new partnership with independent music publisher Sentric Music.

Evolution Emerging is open for entries from Monday until February 6. Anyone interested in applying needs to complete the two stage application process via www.generator.org.uk/evolutionemerging . Artists must only submit one track with their application. Sentric artists who are based outside the North East can apply for the chance to play Evolution Emerging via their Sentric profile at www.sentricmusic.com .

After the deadline closes a panel of North East music lovers and industry will listen to all submissions and vote for their favourites. Successful artists will be informed from the end of February and Generator will announce the full Evolution Emerging lineup in March.

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