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Tipping Point Live unveil the line-up for this year’s festival, which takes place across nine venues in the Ouseburn Valley on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June. Co-curated by the good folks at Generator (who previously brought you Evolution Emerging), Tipping Point Live offers a diverse line-up of rising talent and established stars.

The festival has previously announced its co-curators, which include Maximo Park’s Paul Smith, Nadine Shah, The Futureheads’ Barry Hyde and record producer Bernard Butler, who have created a line-up which spans genres and styles.

The festival will take the format of industry events and live music on the Saturday (as per the old Evo Emerging), with Friday being the official opening night and offering up a full programme of live and interactive delights.

Friday’s performances at The Cluny include one of our favourite songwriters, Martha Hill, plus high energy folk from Dansi, and neo-soul courtesy of Portraits. The Cluny 2 will play host to jazzy sounds courtesy of experimental electronic jazzers J Frisco, and local connoisseurs Archipelago and Taupe. The Star & Shadow Cinema will play host to two live commissioned collaboration projects from live drummer Brad Field, who works alongside visual artist Tim Shaw to produce an audio-visual spectacular; plus dancer and choreographer Lila Naruse will join forces with renowned film director K Pfennich. There’s also live shows from Sunderland rockers Sauvage and ambient pop from Spell Token. Next door at Blank Studios there’s experimental electro from Me Lost Me, ethereal sounds courtesy of Worry Party and sonic brilliance from Cal Raasay.

Performers on Saturday include The Coral co-founder and BBC 6 Music favourite Bill Ryder-Jones, who plays at The Cluny alongside South Shields’ songwriter Brooke Bentham, noisy punk pop duo Noise & The Naïve, trip-hop grunge trio Freese Trio and everyone’s favourite abrasive noiseniks Swine Tax. At The Cluny 2, Geordie garage rockers FEVA take on headline duties, with Leeds’ Dead Naked Hippies, fuzzy popsters The Yada Yada Yadas, psych performer Mr Comfortable and local performer Blamire providing support duties. The Tyne Bar’s perennially packed outdoor stage will welcome Sunderland indie disco group Vanderbilt alongside epic funky popsters Picnic, rapper Philth Like and local hip-hop artist Reali-T. The Cumberland Arms continues to fly the flag for inventive folk, as the Nick Drake-inspired Grace Gillespie headlines, plus there’s performances from Teesside’s operatic folkies Nel Unlit, Newcastle’s folk indie band Many Moons and songwriter Amy Hopkinson. There’s eclectic sounds coming from new venue Kaleidoscope, where new wave bass produce Xaatu performs with hotly tipped grime duo NE Dons and hip-hop artist John Dole. Blast Studios will see BBC Introducing North East’s Nick Roberts take over the venue, with live sessions and interviews taking place. If you can’t bear the party to end, Cobalt Studios host the official aftershow, with a live performance from synth popsters POLO.

Tipping Point Live festival organiser Charlie Dancer is justly proud of the line-up. “After running Evolution Emerging Festival for 10 years (with myself directly involved for the last three years), we at Generator felt it was time to refresh our approach and bring something a little different to Newcastle’s cultural hotspot, the Ouseburn Valley. 

“Tipping Point Live will play host to a right eclectic mix; we’ve got ambient, we’ve got experimental jazz, we’ve got art rock, garage indie, folk, neo-soul, hip-hop, bass music, grime, disco – it’s going to be the most expansive display of what the North East has under our sleeves the region has ever seen!”

There’s plenty more announcements to come, and with early bird tickets on sale now priced at £15, we advise you grab one quick!


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