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[infobox maintitle=”Editor’s Note” subtitle=”Dale, a 19 year old from Newcastle, asked if she could join the team as a contributing writer. We said yes! She’s from northern England and loves attending shows. She’s a prolific writer at her own blog and never misses a beat when it comes to rocking about and painting the town red. Dale will capture those moments and transcribe them into writing for us to read. Expect Dale to cover a number of high profile gigs and UK festivals in the coming months. We won’t be surprised if she gets to sit down with up and coming local artists and bands. Our warmest welcome Dale! First up is a tips and guide to Evolution Emerging Festival in Newcastle. A festival that was first introduced to promote local rising talents. And sure has a bunch of cool acts to offer. Here are Dale’s must-see…” bg=”yellow” color=”black” opacity=”off” space=”40″ link=”no link”]

Evolution Emerging is bloody lovely, I can vouch for it. It’s a great day out down in Ouseburn and a celebration of the talent the North East has to offer. There’s an unholy amount of bands to cram into one afternoon but that’s part of the fun. So, without further ado, here’s my guide to Evolution Emerging.

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They’ve recently released the single ‘Take It Out On Me’. Wrapping seething guitars and glistening synths around a tight, propulsive rhythm section, “Take It Out On Me” cements the band’s penchant for crafting blissfully irresistible pop hooks. After an amazing first year including opening for The Sherlocks in Leeds they’re headlining the Cumberland Arms. They’ve got plenty of plans on the horizon too, “In coming months we’ll be doing the first of many hometown headline shows, which we’re really excited about. Besides that our only concrete plan is keep releasing music and get out touring. We want to reach as many people as possible.”

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Hotly tipped by Christopher Brown of The Old Pink House, “The one band I absolutely won’t be missing is Penguin, it’s their first show and I’ve been really excited about seeing them since I first heard about them.” They’re only one song down and they’re already turning heads. ‘Not A Problem’ is a strong debut with it’s belting vocals and driven guitars. The sunny Tyne Bar stage should suit them well.

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Between some awfully catchy hooks and exhilarating vocals Coquin Migale can turn out indie anthems like they’re tricks. They also have a good reason for you to go see them, “Remember those daft ‘if you don’t like this picture there will be a girl at the end of your bed tonight’ posts? That, but if you don’t come to see us.” After playing the likes of The Great Escape and Focus Wales, the lads are glad to be playing up North in their hometown again too, “’A lot of the audience usually consists of people that have supported us since the early days. Our friends, our family come to see us and we give them something to enjoy. It’s still something we take very seriously, however we’re just that little bit more chilled and open to silliness when we’re home.’

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You cannot miss these lads, I’m telling you now. Genuinely they’re glorious, their music makes my soul sing. Their newest offering ‘Feeling Sound’ is dancy, uplifting and so lively. Their infectious alt-pop gets feet moving and mouth singing quite effortlessly even with bigger lyrical topics in ‘Feeling Sound’, “”the fickle nature of people and how short amount of times can change feelings drastically, but ultimately as long as everyone’s having a good time, it’s cool.” I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to get down to the Cumberland Arms for a dance.

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You can still grab tickets to catch all these bands and more on the Evolution Emerging Website. My final tips are to make sure you’ve got a pac a mac and sunglasses, sadly Newcastle’s weather isn’t always too kind to us. Don’t forget some comfy shoes too, Stepney Bank is cruel to those who don’t come prepared and you’re gonna have to run up/down it at some point during the day.


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