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North East support agency Generator have today unveiled the first wave of artists performing at their brand new multi-venue festival, Generator Live, which will take place at Newcastle’s Boiler Shop and World Headquarters on Saturday 25th June.

The main stage will play host to fiery Newcastle-born garage rocker Du Blonde, pop punk racket makers bigfatbig, ethereal grrrl band Venus Grrrls, experimental hip-hop artist John Dole, Geordie-Caribbean rapper Sagaboi and Newcastle revivalists Lovely Assistant, with more to be announced over the coming weeks.

The event promises to celebrate the region’s vibrant subcultures, with homegrown musicians, DJs and producers, some of whom will be performing at the official afterparty at World Headquarters, showing off the region’s eclectic talent.

There’s much more to come too, as Generator plan on announcing a supporting programme of fringe activity across the Ouseburn Valley and Newcastle’s City centre to take place in the days prior to the festival, which will be curated by innovative North East promoters, creatives and collectives, ensuring a broad mix of genres, styles and voices are heard.

The announcement of the festival comes at a time when the music industry is tentatively re-emerging into some form of normalcy and, with the event shining a much-needed spotlight on vibrant North East talent, it’s hoped the festival will be a catalyst for future success. Generator’s Festival Lead Helen Walkinshaw commented, “Generator Live will be our overdue and revived festival, celebrating the North East industry and showcasing a cross genre programme of rising talent. We’re excited to share our plans for Generator Live, which have been shaped in response to audience, artist and industry feedback. Our aims remain the same; Generator Live Festival and Conference will support and connect the North East music community with the wider industry to create more career pathways and fill the void of showcases for exclusively North East emerging talent through our platforms.”

Tickets for Generator Live, priced at £12, are on sale now.

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