Evolution Festival to be extended over two days

THIS year’s Evolution Festival will span two days for the first time.

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THIS year’s Evolution Festival will span two days for the first time. The first acts for the 2009 event were revealed yesterday.

The North East’s biggest music festival will see a host of top acts perform during the last May Bank Holiday weekend to an expected crowd of over 60,000 people across the two days in Newcastle and Gateshead.

For the first time, the outdoor event will span across two days – Evolution Weekender will see outdoor live music take place on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 at Spillers Quay on Newcastle Quayside and Baltic Stage on Gateshead Quays.

Headline acts across the weekend include Dizzee Rascal and The Wombats, with more acts to be announced.

Once again, organisers of Evolution have spotted up and coming talent early with other acts confirmed including many of the music industry’s hotly tipped stars for 2009 – White Lies, Little Boots, VV Brown, Ladyhawke, Florence and the Machine and Friendly Fires.

The rich regional unsigned talent is also represented on the bill with appearances from The Chapman Family and Viva City.

Dance fans will have a treat in store with the addition of a dance stage on Baltic Square on the Sunday and the acts include Boys Noize, Chase & Status Live, Radio 1’s Kissy Sell-out and The Count & Sinden, to name a few.

Further acts playing the festival are to be announced over the coming weeks as well as news on a number of festival ‘fringe’ events and indoor performances which will take place from May 22 up until the May Bank Holiday finale.

Limited availability Weekender tickets went on sale at noon yesterday and are available exclusively online from the Evolution website at www.EvolutionFestival.co.uk and from www.ticketweb.co.uk

Day tickets priced at £9.50 (+booking fee) go on sale on Thursday March 12 at 9am. Day tickets will be available online, from city centre HMV stores and from usual local outlets.

Festival director Jim Mawdsley said: “This year is a first for Evolution in that we’re presenting two days of diverse and exciting live music. This reflects both the growing popularity and status of the festival as one of the major music events in the UK.

We believe this year’s line-up is the strongest yet and offers something for everyone regardless of their musical preferences.”

Now in its eighth year, Evolution is one of the biggest festivals in the country.

Carol Bell, head of programme development for culture10, said: “Evolution continues to go from strength to strength with the quality and diversity of the line-up alongside the iconic, urban setting making this festival truly unique.

“Now with two days of live music on the banks of the River Tyne, we will attract audiences from far and wide to stay in the city and surrounding area for the entire weekend.

“Still incredibly competitively priced and at the very start of festival season, Evolution is the first opportunity in the 2009 music calendar to see some of the fantastic newcomers and rising stars.”

Evolution 09 will help raise much needed funds for Northumbrian Water’s adopted international charity WaterAid – the official charity of the festival for the fourth year running.

Alistair Baker, Northumbrian Water’s communications and PR manager, added: “Northumbrian Water is delighted to once again be part of this vibrant and important music festival. Evolution has supported WaterAid for the last four years and once again festival goers will help to save the lives of thousands of people in Africa. Billions of people in the developing world cannot take clean drinking water for granted.”

“While the Evolution festival crowds move to the rhythm of the music this year they will also be beating the drum and contributing to the cause to bring those basic human rights to others."

Also supporting the festival this year is the Northumberland Tyne and Wear Chlamydia Screening Programme campaign, Check Your Bits, which aims to get all young people tested for chlamydia.

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