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After receiving over 400 submissions from artists across the region, Generator have revealed the lineup for 2015’s Evolution Emerging, featuring a diverse range of 40 artists, including one national act selected by Sentric Music, across nine venues in Newcastle. On Saturday 23rd May in the Ouseburn Valley, the venues will open their doors to the 40 acts, including special guest headliners Lisbon, Hyde & Beast and Shields.

Generator’s Artist Development Manager Bob Allan says, “we’re really proud to be in our seventh year of Evolution Emerging and with our 2014 event selling out it proves that people have an appetite to discover the next big thing.”

Lisbon are headlining the event within The Cluny, following on from a successful 2014 where they were championed by Greg James and Huw Stephens and released singles Rio and Native. With their debut EP Life Is Good scheduled for later this year, the event is the perfect platform for the band to launch further into the stratosphere. They’re joined by alt-pop band Alexander, who have had a number of successful tours around the country following the release of their debut Say Hello in 2013. Currently recording new material, the band have a huge fanbase that can only expand thanks to the festival. Samantha Durnan has been promoted by Radio 1 and Capital since the release of her self-titled EP and the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is about to embark on an international tour this year. By busking from city to city, Glass Caves have already built up a solid following in the region with their yo-yo guitars and soaring vocal harmonies and rounding off the bill are rapidly rising indie four-piece Coquin Migale, who’ll bring their latest EP FEEL to the venue.

Mackem duo Dave Hyde and Neil Bassett, aka Hyde & Beast, last played Evolution Emerging back in 2011, when they released their debut album Slow Down. Now four years on, and with highly successful follow-up Keep Moving they’re headlining events within The Cluny 2. Supporting their blend of retro surf-pop is sunny alt-folk artist Charlie Dancer, whose sublimely and deceptively intricate songs have seen him supporting Racing Glaciers, Shields and Blossoms in the past year; he’ll be bringing his forthcoming EP to the venue in May. Orange County, the solo project of In Vibes’ frontman Shaun Cowell, is bringing his passion for downbeat melancholic shoegaze pop from Wearside to Tyneside, and is expected to build on the success of his first single Backwards in the coming months. Fuzzy, casiotone rock’n’roll outfit Dressed Like Wolves recently released their new album In The End We All Just Walk Off Into The Sea In The Eyes Of The Ones We Left Behind to great acclaim, and their set of quietly melancholic songs should win over a new batch of fans at the festival. Providing something completely different to kick off the night is twenty-one-year-old pop singer Beth Macari, whose latest single Heartstrings made it to number 18 in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart.

Down at the Tyne Bar, the festival’s third co-headliners are local favourites Shields. Currently coming off the back of a successful stint at the BBC 6 Music Festival and gearing up to release their debut album How Can We Fix This, the indie-pop five piece are heading up a wonderfully diverse bill at the bar. Durham DIY stars Martha join them, bringing their highly acclaimed and loved debut album Courting Strong with them for a power pop explosion. Math rock-come-indie goth group Schultz always give a raw and powerful performance live and are set to do the same at the Tyne Bar. Middlesbrough four-piece Figmennt only played their first show at The House of Blah Blah earlier in the month, but their beautifully dark and atmospheric sound and shoegaze aesthetic have earned them a spot on one of the largest stages. Instrumental prog-rock/metal band KYLVER round off the bill, bringing their melting pop of heavy rock genres to an early evening audience.

Down at Retreat in Shieldfield, atmospheric rock outfit Keep Breathing are headlining. Following successful support slots with Temples, Drenge and Peace among others, the Newcastle four-piece worked with Ed Buller – producer of Suede, Pulp and Spiritualized – last year to refine their widescreen and panoramic rock sound. Joining them are “liquid candy shop fro-pop” outfit Street Party in Soho, whose melodic and infectious indie-pop sound have captured the minds of audiences in the region and earned them spots supporting The 1975 and Bastille. Durham-born, Newcastle-based indie-rock quintet Hazels have also been making a big impact on the local scene of late, thanks to their high-energy performances and plays on Amazing Radio. Self-proclaimed New Pop Indie four-piece Shoot the Poet are also on the bill; the Hartlepudlians’ sound was recently described as “if The Killers and The Smiths clashed.” With their powerful guitars and hooks, Sun Dance are set to kick off the bill at Retreat in style.

The Great Curve are set to headline The Cumberland Arms. The five-piece, which contains members of Grandfather Birds, Deerhart and Last Waltz, are set to release their debut EP on 2015 but havalready made a huge impact with their beautiful and unique take on indie rock. Since coming out with their debut single Lantern last year, Cape Cub have gained a huge reputation as one of the most talked-about bands on the regional circuit, with support from XFM and Amazing Radio among others. Joining the pair on the Cumby’s bill are Sunderland guitar-janglers The Sons of Bido Lito and hypnotic duo Nano Kino.

At The Tanners there’s another typically diverse lineup, fronted by fun-loving Rage Against The Machine-alikes Bi:Lingual. Joining them are brooding alt-rock trio ILSER, DIY nerdcore outfit Skull Puppies and champions of the local DIY scene and highly intricate post-rock duo Massa Confusa.

Hartlepool-based five-piece Antlez are headlining Little Buildings with their mix of pop, math rock and rambling rhythms. They’re joined by highly popular post-rock/ dream-pop outfit The Broken Broadcast, one-man indie powerhouse Lord Swans and Americana-tinged 60s pop maestros Canyons.

At Ernest, guitar/electronic duo What We Call Progress, purveyors of everything experimental glitch-house with a touch of early David Sylvian, are headlining the event. Middlesbrough-born singer-songwriter Joe Ramsey joins them, alongside Northumberland-based songstress Melissa Rose and haunting acoustic star Lesley Roley.

At the final venue, Blank Studios, Simeon Soden, aka ako, will be brining his minimal, haunting and spellbinding electronic soundscapes to his headline set. He’s joined by young alt-folk singer songwriter Keiandra, Newcastle acoustic pop man Joe Allan, and Durham producer Symmatik.

This year’s lineup is one of the most stunning, diverse and promising in Evolution Emerging’s seven-year history. The only question now is which of the nine stages you’ll be spending your day at.

You can see the full lineup and purchase tickets at the official Evolution Emerging website.

Evolution Emerging takes place across the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle on Saturday 23rd May.

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