This month marks the 10-year anniversary of one of the most important music festivals we have here in the North East, Evolution Emerging.
The multi-venue festival, held in the Ouseburn Valley, is a vital part of the North East’s thriving music scene as it focuses solely on putting local artists in the spotlight.
From the outside looking in, it might seem that as a region we’re lacking behind the rest of England in terms of musical output, but after one look at this year’s Evolution Emerging line-up, it’s clear to see that we’re catching up fast, with acts like headliners The Pale White on the cusp of nationwide acclaim.
The festival will take place across six different venues including The Cluny, The Cluny 2, Tyne Bar, The Cumberland Arms, Backyard Bike Shop and Mustang’s Alley, and will feature over 60 artists from around the region – all for only £12.50.
To get you well prepped and in the mood for the big day, we’ve put together a guide to some of our favourite artists performing at the event and broken them down into genres to make it that little bit easier and show just how much variety we have here in the North East.
We’re starting with all things rock – punk, indie, alternative and otherwise. Garage indie rockers The Pale White are being tipped for big things this year; the trio seems to be growing stronger by the month – surely, it’s only a matter of time until these guys are headlining festival across the UK; catch them at The Cluny this month before it was cool to like them. Sunderland pop-punk outfit St.Buryan are another band on this up this year, their refined brand of high-energy, mosh-pit friendly tunes are well worth a look.
We’re lucky in the North East to be home to an abundance of talented singer/songwriters, and even luckier that Evolution Emerging has them all on this year’s bill! Armed only with an acoustic guitar and the ability to tell a good tale, these unassuming solo artists are some of the most exciting acts on the line-up. Hartlepool’s Michael Gallagher and Durham’s Holly Rees stand out among their contemporaries, with their knack of creating charmingly catchy tunes that are punctuated with a distinctly northern wittiness.
This might come as a shock to you, but the North East does have a hip-hop scene – an extremely talented one in fact. This year’s Evolution Emerging line-up has taken the positive step of giving more exposure to this somewhat underground aspect of the North East’s music scene, by featuring eight hip-hop acts on the line-up: Endem, John Dole, Leddie MC, Listaa, NE Dons, Reali-T, Ronin Clan, and Zico MC. All of these artists have incredibly unique sounds – from Listaa’s razor-sharp grime flows, to Zico MC’s dancehall-inspired dub sound – they’re all worth checking out.
This article is but a mere glimpse of the variety of talented local musicians set to grace the stages of this year’s Evolution Emerging Festival. The work that this festival is doing to promote our local music scene is vital: it’s giving young artists a platform to go on to bigger and better things, as well as showing that you can be a successful musician and be from the North East of England. But, it wouldn’t be possible without you.
Supporting your local music scene is so important because that’s what keeps it alive – don’t let the word ‘local’ put you off, ‘local’ isn’t a synonym of ‘bad’ – all of your favourite artists were ‘local’ once.
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