Evolution Emerging, the North East’s largest celebration of emerging musical talent, is back and guaranteed to be even bigger than last year’s festival.
Organised by music development agency Generator, Evolution Emerging will see 40 artists perform across nine of Newcastle’s best independent venues on Saturday, May 23.
Now in its seventh year, the festival’sline-up is its most ambitious to date, featuring headline performances from Whitley Bay’s high rising alt-pop outfit Lisbon, Sunderland’s Hyde & Beast and indie pop quintet Shields.
Four-piece Lisbon have come a long way since their debut as an opening act at Evolution Emerging in 2013, gaining national airplay, releasing three successful singles and with an EP due out later this year.
Having last played the festival back in 2011 following the release of debut album Slow Down, Hyde & Beast will make a triumphant return to headline at Cluny 2 at this year’s event.
Local favourites Shields are Evolution Emerging’s third co-headliners, and the band will be making their first appearance at the event following their successful performance at the BBC 6 Music Festival.
Generator managing director Jim Mawdsley says: “Evolution Emerging is the region’s largest event for up-and-coming music, and provides a fantastic platform for new acts to follow in the footsteps of other acts we’ve been proud to help in the past like Lulu James, Beth Jeans Houghton, The Lake Poets and Nadine Shah.
“We’re very lucky as a region to have such a diverse range of music, and Evolution Emerging will be taking over some of our fantastic and proudly independent venues again like the Cluny, the Tyne Bar and the Cumberland Arms.
“It’s hard to believe we’re in our seventh year but we’re confident we’ll have another sell-out event like we did in 2014. The general public have a huge appetite to discover the next big thing and we urge people to get their tickets early because demand is high. It promises to be a special event.”
Evolution Emerging 2015 will showcase the very best up-and-coming artists from the region, coupled with special guest headliners and exciting new artists from across the UK.
Discovered through Sentric Music, Leeds’ Glass Caves play at The Cluny, whose line-up is completed by alt-pop four-piece Alexander, Middlesbrough sensation Samantha Durnan and boisterous indie rockers Coquin Migale.
As well as Hyde & Beast at Cluny 2, the event will witness the melancholic fuzziness of Orange County, gifted singer-songwriter Beth Macari, lo-fi folksters Dressed Like Wolves and the sumptuous indie pop vibes of Charlie Dancer.
The Tyne Bar stage sees Shields joined by raucous pop punk four-piece Martha, chaotic post-rockers Schultz, dreamy shoegazersFigmennt and instrumental progressive metal outfit Kylver.
Elsewhere in the line-up, the Cumberland Arms will play host to accomplished headliners The Great Curve, along with the heavily touted Cape Cub, FIFA favourites The Sons Of Bido Lito and Nano Kino, the new project featuring Maximo Park’s Duncan Lloyd.
The Tanners will be home for the night to genre-defining Middlesbrough quartet Bi:Lingual, brooding alt-rockers ILSER, self-confessed nerdcore punx Skull Puppies and DIY electronic duo Massa Confusa. And Evolution Emerging will be taking over three great intimate venues again, with Antlez, The Broken Broadcast, Lord Swans, Canyons, AKO, Keiandra, Joe Allan, Symmatik, What We Call Progress, Joe Ramsey, Melissa Rose and Lesley Roley among the many acts playing Blank Studios, Ernest and the Little Buildingscomplex in the Ouseburn Valley.
The newest venue, Retreat, situated at the top of Stepney Bank, will host the official Evolution Emerging aftershow bash, after accommodating infectious headliners Keep Breathing, indie enthusiasts Street Party In Soho, potent rock outfit Hazels, the majestic Sun Dance and Hartlepool’s Shoot The Poet.
Special guests will also be announced on the night via Twitter. Fans need to follow@EvoEmerging to find out about the secret performances.
Evolution Emerging takes place on Saturday, May 23. Doors open at 7pm and close at 1am. Tickets cost £5 and allow free entry to Evolution Emerging’s aftershow party at Retreat. They are available online at www.evolutionemerging.com/tickets but are subject to a booking fee and also at The Cluny until 4pm on the day.