Emerging acts given stage at Evolution Weekender

News: 19th May 2010 by Louise Dodgson under Live

Twelve acts will be given a unique opportunity to play at this year’s Evolution Weekender on a lineup that includes chart toppers Paulo Nutini, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding on 30-31 May.

The new UMT:Emerging stage at Spillers Wharf blends emerging artists with DJs who have completed Generator’s UMT:Beats course.

Sunday’s UMT:Emerging lineup sees North East hip-hop heavyweights Hellfire Club share the stage with Teesside indie-popsters Jimmy & The Sounds.

Hip-hop/R&B duos Okan & Silvar and Leddie & Smoggy will demonstrate their skills alongside indie acts Illustrators and Black Cab Casino while across Spiller’s Wharf on the main stage Tinchy Stryder and local heroes The Futureheads do their thing.

On Bank Holiday Monday two of the North Easts most exciting emerging bands Mammal Club and Brilliant Mind will put on a performance to show why they’ve set tongues wagging after recent attention grabbing Newcastle gigs.

Makylea and Harriet both possess silky vocals and sing beautiful soulful R&B songs while Molly Mackay’s folk infused set and The Matadors alt-indie stylings complete the bill.

The stage at Spiller’s Wharf will place the acts at the heart of the action, close to the main stage; giving crowds the opportunity to check out emerging North East artists while the main stage is empty.

DJ sets will be provided by people who have attended Generator’s 12 week Urban Music Training (UMT) Beats course for aspiring DJs.

The UMT programme which is supported by Generation 2012, Big Lottery Fund, Youth Music and Newcastle City Council provides training for aspiring young DJs, producers, vocalists, rappers and instrumentalists.

Joe Frankland, Generator’s Musician Support Manager said: “Evolution Weekender is the biggest music festival in the North East. So the UMT:Emerging stage is an amazing opportunity for artists to play a festival alongside some household names and get that experience.

“We’ve created a balanced line-up that should give people the chance to sample what’s out there on their doorstep and the sort of acts that could make the short trip across Spillers Wharf to the main stage in future years.”

Tickets for the festival are available at – tickets are £25 plus booking fee for the weekend or £17.50 plus booking fee per day.

For more information on Generator’s UMT programme visit

Full list of artists and DJ sets:
Sunday 30 May

Hellfire Club
Hellfire Club are the only Hip Hop/Funk/Soul/Psych group from the North East. Influences draw from the likes of Big Brother and The Holding Company, John Lee Hooker and Jefferson Airplane to modern artists such as Jay Z, which proves to be the key to their diverse sound.

Jimmy & The Sounds
Teessiders Jimmy & The Sounds play heartfelt indie rock, like the Gaslight Anthem but with a distinctly North East twist – definitely ones to watch.

Okan & Silvar 3.50-4.20pm
A joint performance from two gems of the North East Hip Hop/R&B scene. Okan and Silvar are both ready for national recognition after individually supporting Ne-Yo, Kano, Ironik, Jay Sean, JLS, Skinnyman and Tinchy Stryder.

Indie driven rock band from Northumberland described by BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson as “hooky and to the point, without an inch of surplus fat.”

Leddie & Smoggy
Having supported Logic & Lowkey, Skinnyman and The King Blues, this UK Hip Hop duo are creating a storm on Teesside with their new mix CD.

Black Cab Casino 1.10-1.40pm
“Black Cab Casino had all the energy and assurance of a band that’s just moved up a gear and gunned the gas... the world will be theirs for the taking.” Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

Plus DJ sets from UMT:Beats graduates

Monday 31 May

Mammal Club 5.15-5.45pm
Currently playing throughout the UK and working on an upcoming release with Everybody’s Stalking Records, Mammal Club are free of the idea of guilty pleasures or ironic posturing, solely aiming to make complex music sound simple in pursuit of melody.

Brilliant Mind
“Brilliant Mind are five young pups from the North East who possess some popping bass lines and jaunty, jangular pop moves.” Fierce Panda~

Makylea 3.50-4.20pm
Newcastle’s up and coming R&B prodigy Makylea has been working with producer Wayne C. McDonald and DJ Devon.

Harriet 2.50-3.20pm
With impressive, affecting, soul-laden vocals Harriet blends a classical style of piano playing with a powerful glistening pop tinge reminiscent of Alicia Keys.

Molly Mackay 2-2.30pm
Young folk-infused singer songwriter influenced by Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons.

The Matadors
“Rough around the edges they may be, but Matadors display a genuine gift for melody that puts many of their more experienced contemporaries to shame.” Toonwaves

Plus DJ sets from UMT:Beats graduates


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