Evolution Emerging celebrates the North East's best emerging artists in the Ouseburn Valley, 2012's event saw the addition of two new events. Evolution Emerged at The Sage Gateshead and a seventh 'stage' was added to the Evolution Emerging event:
Amazing Sessions presents...
THE POLITE ROOM at Blank Studios
The Lake Poets, Mr Ben Sir, Amy Holford, Deerhart, Fantasy Rainbow and Ben Watson all performed stripped down sets at the fantastic Blank Studios on Stepney Bank for The Amazing Sessions on Amazing Radio.
All performances were recorded for Amazing Radio.
The Polite Room is a night of live alternative folk, blues and soul held monthly at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle and Gala Theatre, Durham.
Started in response to a lack of opportunities for acoustic performers, The Polite Room has been providing a stage for upcoming talent from both the North East and UK since September 2009. Performers so far include Kathryn Williams, Johnny Kearney & Lucy Farrell and The Cornshed Sisters amongst one hundred others.
Held in 80 capacity venues, the shows crackle with the atmosphere created between the performer and and a polite, appreciative audience.
Seen by many as the region’s brightest young singer-songwriter, The Lake Poets, aka. Martin Longstaff and his band of musically inclined friends have spent the last 12 months building a reputation for their live performances, having shared the stage with the likes of Willy Mason, Ben Howard and Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly. Having recently sold out The Sage's Hall Two to launch latest single 'City By The Sea', Martin will be popping in to Blank to perform a few songs before opening the main stage at Evolution Festival on Sunday 3rd June. Photo by Ian West.
Our second special guest will be Mr Ben Sir, a band who rarely perform live but have won over fans in high places such as Steve Lamacq who played single 'Cameras Don't Click' on his Radio 2 and 6Music shows. Those in attendance are in for a treat!
Newcastle based singer/songwriter Amy Holford writes about the sort of things you wished you'd said but didn’t, a captivating voice and an even more captivating performance. You can also catch Amy at the Cluny 2 stage at 8.30pm.
Deerhart were formed in the late summer of 2010 out of a necessity to bring the material Trev Gibb recorded with David Brewis (Field Music) to a live audience. Deerhart supported Field Music’s at their ‘Plumb’ album launch in February and will release an EP this summer. Think Scott Walker, Big Star, Orange Juice, American Music Club, Prefab Sprout, Television, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Jim O'Rourke and Wilco and you'll be somewhere close to music the band hold dear. Deerhart also play the Cluny stage at 9.45pm.
Fantasy Rainbow is 18 year-old Oliver Catt. His first full-scale release, ‘Teens EP’ was released in August on Gateshead based label Tiny Lights, and it’s gorgeous summery dreaminess caught many off guard. Teens’ follow-up, ‘No Hope. Not Ever’, was released in March to great acclaim. It is, as the title suggests, a darker affair, but it’s also fuller and richer in texture than its predecessor. Oliver will play a special stripped down set at The Polite Room before he plays at the Cluny 2 at 10pm. Double Rainbow!
Ben comes from Newcastle; he writes and sings songs. Ben often plays alone with a guitar. However, he is often accompanied by a varied host of talented players. Shifting confidently between introspective acoustic musings and four to the floor blues stompers, Ben delivers his songs with an immediacy and conviction that allows him to hold any audience; his vocal performances are slowly becoming hailed as a force of nature. Following his opening slot at The Tanners, Ben will be recording a very special set at Blank Studios.