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Evolution Emerging 2012

Friday, 1st June 2012

19:00 - 23:59

Various venues, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle


Generator in association with Amazing Radio and NARC. Magazine presents...

The North East's biggest event for emerging music

Evolution Emerging 2012 saw over 25 emerging North East artists playing alongside big headliners at 7 venues in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle on Friday 1st June

Following the release of triumphant debut album, ‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose’, Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny headlined the event at The Cluny. Steve Albini produced We Are Knuckle Dragger headlined The Tyne stage and special guests Lulu James and Young Liar joined by the region’s best emerging artists across 6 venues in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle.

Event partners summarised the experience here

For the first time, 2012's event included intimate The Polite Room Sessions at Blank Studios in association with Amazing Radio. Check out our video playlist below.


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The Cluny

 Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny  10.30pm
Deerhart 9.45pm
Boy Jumps Ship 9pm
Eeves 8.15pm
Lulu James 7.30pm
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The Tyne

We Are Knuckle Dragger  10.30pm 
Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister   9.45pm 
Cinematic Submarine 9pm 
Acrobatic Society  8.15pm 
The Watchers  7.30pm 
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The Cluny 2

Fantasy Rainbow 10pm
Natasha Haws 9.15pm
Amy Holford 8.30pm
Let’s Away 7.45pm
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Star & Shadow Cinema

Official Aftershow Party in association with Amazing Beats 10.15-2am
w/ Francophilippe, Polarsets DJs, Joonipah, MJ Fitz, Ivy Feed, Our Beat is Correct & Shan Summer
Young Liar  9.45pm 
Weird Shapes  9pm 
Apollo Gets The Girl  8.15pm 
Ghosts of Old Berlin  7.30pm 
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The Tanners

Bird Island  10pm 
Iceni  9.15pm 
Reckoner  8.30pm 
Ben Watson  7.45pm 
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The Cumberland Arms

Symphonic Pictures  10pm 
Collectors Club  9.15pm 
Lilliput  8.30pm 
Crooked Hands  7.45pm 
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Amazing Sessions presents...The Polite Room at Blank Studios

The Lake Poets 
Mr Ben Sir
Amy Holford
Fantasy Rainbow
Ben Watson

Performance times will be announced on the night using unique hashtags. Follow @EvoEmerging Click here for artist info, streams and links

2011's event built on the success of previous years to kick start an amazing Evolution Festival Weekender in style. Attendance across the event was close to 1,500, including a fantastic Hyde and Beast show at The Cluny 2, The Chapman Family's headline performance at The Tyne,and an after-show at the Star and Shadow that were ‘one in one out’ with all other venues close to capacity. The Cluny was also 'one in one out' with Bella Union signings Lanterns on the Lake headlining.

2012’s event hosts 2 headliners alongside the emerging artists:

Beth Jeans Houghton’s debut album 'Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose', released in February on Mute Records introduces one of the most self-assured new artists of the year, a pop polymath whose blend of psychedelia, glam rock and chain gang folk is quite unlike anything else you’re likely to hear in 2012. Like her utterly unique stage outfits, it’s made from disparate individual elements that wouldn’t work on paper, but sing out like a holy choir in the execution.

We Are Knuckle Dragger emerged from the underground scene with two EP releases receiving wide spread support from Radio 1, Kerrang!, XFM, 6 Music, Scuzz and national press. The ex Yourcodenameis:milo, Contraband and Scrabo trio played support shows with Dillinger Escape Plan and Meshuggah and also released a song on XBOX Rock Band 3. The debut album ‘Tit For Tat’ recorded with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, Helmet) is due for release APRIL 2nd 2012.

Ongoing successes from Emerging artists in 2011 include Polarsets (the band has since released singles on Kitsune & Neon Gold); Vinyl Jacket, who played at Glastonbury Festival; Tomahawks For Targets, who performed at Reading and Leeds Festival; The Lake Poets, a North East favourite who has played across the country, secured national radio play and will headline a gig at The Sage Gateshead; Shields (formerly Pilots), who have received much national radio airplay; Baron Von Alias, who was one of many Emerging artists to play Radio 1's Big Weekend; Mausi, who performed at the UMT Emerging stage at Evolution Festival and have signed a single deal with a US label; and PRS' M Magazine 'One to Watch in 2012', Ajimal.

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Evolution Emerging is supported by Arts Council England, ERDF and PRS for Music Foundation.