Generator, the UK’s leading music development agency, celebrate 4 years of Evolution Emerging by teaming up with The Sage Gateshead for the first time for the launch of Evolution Emerged on Friday 1st June.
Featuring 4 of the biggest names in North East music right now – Hyde & Beast, Vinyl Jacket, Shields and The Union Choir - Evolution Emerged is an exciting addition to the Evolution Weekender, with artists who have gone on to gain national success coming together since playing previous Emerging events.
Headliners Hyde & Beast performed one of their first ever shows headlining last year’s Evolution Emerging and feature Dave Hyde (The Futureheads’ drummer), Neil Bassett (ex-Golden Virgins drummer) and an array of special guests.
Album ‘Slow Down’ is a “sprawling, gentle psychedelic mess” and received plaudits far and wide from the likes of the NME, Drowned in Sound and The Fly. And they’re firm favourites at BBC 6Music and Amazing Radio.
Vinyl Jacket have had a massive 12-months since performing at Evolution Emerging and on the main stage at Evolution Festival. A succession of singles have been played on BBC Radio 1, 6Music, Amazing Radio, XFM and pretty much every great radio station in the UK. Vinyl Jacket have also performed at Glastonbury Festival and have toured the UK to become one of the nation’s favourite emerging indie-pop bands.
Since performing under the moniker of Pilots at last year’s Emerging event, Shields stunned the North East music scene in 2011 with a set of future-classics to go with their brand spanking new name. Industry interest soon followed and the band are firm favourites of the nation’s biggest DJs such as Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe. Catch them at The Sage before they play a multitude of festivals this summer!
And to complete the bill is a South Shields band who played Evolution Emerging way back in 2010 – The Union Choir who specialise in dark yet witty double-entendre pop and boast more members than the Harlem Globetrotters. The Union Choir are a firm favourite of Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music) and Drowned in Sound and are more than ready for the next level.
Tickets are £8 advance or £10 on the door and are available through The Sage Gateshead
Hyde & Beast Photo by Ian West