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Evolution Emerging 2014 saw 40 artists playing across 9 venues, with 1,300 new music fans descending on the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle.

Take a look at the highlights from this year’s sold out event and start getting excited for 2015!

Directed by Canny Pictures


Thank you!

Thanks to everyone involved in Evolution Emerging 2014, we’ll see you all next year!

Photo by Jay Dawson - Shutter Online


Evolution Emerging - Adv. Ticket Info & Buying Tickets at the Event


From 4pm on Saturday, tickets will no longer be available online and must be purchased from our Wristband Exchange Venue.

If you haven’t already got your tickets, read on for our guide to getting tickets in time.


There are 3 simple ways to buy your tickets:

i) Buy online before 4pm on Saturday 24th May
ii) Buy advanced tickets at The Cluny before 4pm on Saturday 24th May
iii) Buy your wristband at the event from 4pm (Subject to availability)

The only way to guarantee your ticket is with options i) and ii). We strongly advise arriving early to avoid disappointment and inevitable queues. 

Whether buying in advance or at the event you MUST go to our Wristband Exchange/Ticket Purchase Venue which opens at 4pm.

Wristband Exchange/Ticket Purchase Venue:
Ouseburn Trust Building 
Arch 6, Stepney Bank, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle, NE1 2NP 
The building will be well signposted and can be found in the Byker Bridge arch behind The Ship and next to The Cluny (see map below).

  • Our Wristband Exchange/Ticket Purchase Venue is open from 4pm-9.30pm.
  • Tickets are only available there - you will not be able to buy tickets or wristbands on the night at individual venues.
  • Please prepare for a short wait. Gig doors open at 7pm and artists are onstage from 7.30pm. To avoid the queues, we strongly advise you to head to the Wristband Exchange/Ticket Purchase Venue between 4pm and 6.30pm.
  • See below for full terms and conditions of entry.

For full lineup, timings and venue information, click here.

To help you decide who to see where and when we’ve put together some handy guides for you to check out this year’s lineup.

Follow Artist Focus Pieces on our site, check out our Interactive Poster and Map and enjoy our YouTube Playlist below. We’ve also been interviewing this year’s artists so delve into this year’s lineup.

Plan your way around the festival here FULL TERMS AND


  • All venues 18+. Entry to all Evolution Emerging 2014 venues is wristband only. There are no individual venue tickets. No wristband, no entry.
  • ID will be required and anyone appearing under the age of 18 will be asked to produce ID. The event falls in line with individual venue policies so you may be asked for ID if you appear under the age of 25.
  • Advance tickets must be exchanged for wristbands on the day/night of the event at our Wristband Exchange Point (see above).
  • Tickets/Wristbands allow you entry to all 9 venues. Please be advised that in accordance with the licensed capacity of each of the venues, ticket holders are not automatically guaranteed entry to any particular area once they are full. If any area reaches its full capacity entry will be gained on a one in – one out basis. We encourage wristband holders to ‘venue crawl’ so if one venue is too busy, there’s plenty more great music elsewhere in the valley.
  • No food or alcoholic drinks are allowed to be brought into Evolution Emerging venues
  • Security staff reserve the right to search anyone entering Evolution Emerging venues. Refusal to be searched may lead to non-admission and no refund will be offered.
  • All alcohol found in bags or on anybody’s person will be confiscated and not returned.
  • Evolution Emerging is a zero tolerance event. Anyone found in possession of illegal or banned substances will be handed to the Police.
  • Line up is correct at time of publication however it is subject to change without notice.
  • Once purchased tickets are non transferrable and non refundable.


Fractions Interview

Here’s the final interview from our Evolution Emerging artists, hear Fractions talk about their new EP and see them perform at Star & Shadow Cinema 9pm Saturday 24th May.


Euan Lynn Interview

Watch our next Evolution Emerging interview, featuring Euan Lynn.

Venue: Blank Studios, 8:30pm


The Lake Poets - Artist Focus

The Lake Poets new EP shows a big progression in the scope of Martin Longstaff’s ideas and sound from a solitary man with his guitar to a developed band that has travelled the length of the country with their ‘sincere, intelligent and assured’ folk-pop.

The Lake Poets played a solo set at Evolution Emerging 2011 (second on the bill at Cluny 2) and in three years has graduated to a headline slot on the main stage, with the new EP and recent Radio 1 plays it is easy to see why and it’s set to be a celebratory affair for the first full band set of the year.

The Lake Poets début EP ‘Honest Hearts’ is due for release on June 16 and follows recent single ‘April’, which was added to Radio 1’s daytime play-list, receiving support and plaudits from all prime-time presenters and as well as BBC 6 Music and XFM.

Co-produced with long-time collaborator Mick Ross (Frankie & the Heartstrings, Ajimal, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour), the ‘Honest Hearts’ EP shows a keen new depth and range to Martin’s songwriting. Each of the four tracks are a mature progression from previous acoustic singles whilst maintaining the haunting qualities that make The Lake Poets’ music so alluring and memorable.

Raised in Sunderland, in the North East of England, Martin spent most of his childhood listening to his Mother’s record collection and developing an interest for writing lyrics and composing music. Taking influence from artists such as Feist, Warren Zevon, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Villagers and Neil Young, Martin sets out to write the most devastatingly beautiful songs he can in an effort to deal with the complexities of adulthood, life, death and relationships.

Whether solo or full-band, The Lake Poets has stunned audiences across the UK in support of Willy Mason, Ben Howard, Daughter, Lucy Rose and Jake Bugg, as well as at major festivals such as Glastonbury and T in the Park. Catch the Lake Poets headline Evolution Emerging this Saturday followed by a string of UK dates this summer.

Stage: The Cluny, 10.30pm, Saturday 24th May

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The Lake Poets Interview

We cant wait to see The Lake Poets headline The Cluny stage on Saturday! Check out the next installment of our interview series below. 

Venue: The Cluny, 10:30pm


Mouses Interview

Our second artist interview of the day features Mouses.

Venue: Tanners, 9.15-9.45pm, Saturday 24th May

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Ryan Bird Interview

We’re looking forward to Ryan Bird at Blank Studios, watch his Evolution Emerging interview below.

Venue: Blank Studios, 9.15-9.45pm, Saturday 24th May

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High Tide 15:47 Interview

We’re getting excited about the High Tide 15:47 set at The Cumberland Arms, watch their Evolution Emerging interview below.

Venue: The Cumberland Arms, 9.15-9.45pm, Saturday 24th May

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Official Aftershow Party

We’re pleased to return to the Star and Shadow Cinema this year for our Official Aftershow Party, we’ll have three DJ sets crossing the genre streams late into the night for the lucky aftershow goers.

Radio 1 endorsed Sam Laxton will be kicking off proceedings with his big mix of electronic tricks as he switches between multiple tracks and styles within a matter moments to always keep you on your toes, watch his interview with us below to find out more of what you can expect.

We then welcome back aftershow regular Whip Your Hair who will force you to leave your indie inhibitions at the door and grind through an unapologetic set of Pop and Urban gems with a good measure of Hip Hop.

We round off the night we local promoters and DJ duo Losing My Edge who will bring the best of the underground and alternative spectrum to keep you going until the early hours!

Aftershow Times

Sam Laxton 10:50pm - 12.10am
Whip Your Hair 12.10am - 1.30am
Losing My Edge 1.30am - 2.50am


Enter The Lexicon Interview

Watch Enter The Lexicon talk about their set at The Tyne Bar and forthcoming EP

Venue: The Tyne, 8:55-9.20PM, Saturday 24th May

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Shades Inteview

Here’s our artist interview featuring Shades

Venue: The Tyne, 7:30-8:00pm, Saturday 24th May

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Zyna Hel Interview

Our next artist interview features Zyna Hel

Venue: The Star & Shadow Cinema, 7:30-8:00pm, Saturday 24th May

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Artist Focus #034 - Sam Laxton

Newcastle producer of the moment Sam Laxton only has one short musical year under his belt but he has been creating quite a stir in the EDM world with numerous releases and remixes to his name showcasing his fresh blend of Dubstep, Electro and Trance which has been shaped by his training as a classical pianist

From his very first track- released under Philosophy Records, Laxton was being picked up by industry heavy weights; featuring on the popular website Dubstep.net where In January 2013 his remix of “Shola feat Anise – Another Day” climbed to the Number 1 spot of the site’s charts and stayed there for a month. The Newcastle producer has also bee championed by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, with his name is on everyone’s lips right now it doesn’t seem like his success is stopping anytime soon!

Sam Laxton will open the Official Aftershow Party at The Star & Shadow Cinema.

Venue: The Star & Shadow Cinema (Aftershow Party) , 10:50pm, Saturday 24th May.

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