Evolution Emerging is Back!

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09 June 2018

Evolution Emerging, the North East’s biggest event for emerging music, is set to return for its 10th anniversary and is looking for up and coming bands and musical talent to play at the event in June 2018.

Organised by music development agency Generator, the annual festival takes over the best independent venues in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle, for one-day of live music, and will take place this year on Saturday 9th June with a list of new venues added to the billing.

The event, which is renowned and respected nationally for championing the best new music from the region and beyond will be staged once again in some of Newcastle’s most iconic and loved venues including The Cluny, Tyne Bar, The Cumberland Arms, and The Tanners as well as a wave of new venues including Cobalt, Mustang ‘S’ Ally, and

Backyard Bike Shop.

In celebration of its 10 year milestone, the event will feature soon to be announced past acts, a festival first, and is now proudly the longest standing festival of its kind in the region.

Speaking about its 10th birthday and plans for this year’s showdown, Charlie Dancer, Talent Development Manager at Generator, said: “It’s a huge privilege to be piecing together Generator’s annual celebration of the best new talent in the region.

“Year on year, Evolution Emerging Festival provides the platform for countless artists to showcase their talent to hungry music fans and this year is going to be no different. It’s our 10th birthday so this will be an extra special event and promises to be our best yet.”

Evolution Emerging continues to unearth countless new artists from the North East and beyond and has previously showcased notable performances from the likes of Lulu James, Nadine Shah, Hyde and Beast, Cattle & Cane, Lanterns on the Lake, Beth Jeans Houghton, Eliza and the Bear, Sam Fender, Lisbon, Shields, and The Lake Poets.

Along with the festival for music lovers, there will also be a fully funded industry conference which sees industry music heavyweights imparting their knowledge to budding musicians helping them progress in a tough trade.

Early bird tickets for Evolution Emerging are on sale now priced at £10 and can be snapped up via this link:  www.generator.org.uk/evo-emerging.

To be considered to perform at this year’s festival, all artists have to do is follow the simple application process by visiting the same website:  www.generator.org.uk/evo-emerging

Once the application deadline of Sunday 25th February has expired, Generator will invite a panel of North East music tastemakers to listen to all submissions and vote for their favourites.

Successful artists will be informed on Monday 5th March and Generator will announce the full Evolution Emerging line-up and ticket information on Monday 12th March.


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