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The Evolution Festival is a two day music festival held annually in areas across Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead, England since 2002.

The outdoor shows take place at Spiller's Wharf and Baltic Square on the Gateshead quayside. The festival sees world class artists performing on four stages across Newcastle, over the May bank holiday weekend.

Rumours

An announcement is due on 21st February.

Lineup

2013: The Vaccines, Paloma Faith, Modestep, Sub Focus, Ellie Goulding, Jake Bugg, Lethal Bizzle, Mistajam and many more.

Vibe

The music selection has been described as a "scatter-gun" approach, where previous events meant you can view anything from the hardcore ways of Enter Shikari, to the electro reggae sounds of I Blame Coco.

For this reason, as well as the calibre of acts booked, the event has been praised as a bargain event.

The combination of the thick bass sounds coming from the stages, with the hustle and bustle of the nearby pubs that line the river, create a nice sense of high spirits.

Stages and other entertainment

There are two stages: Spiller's Wharf and Ballast Hills.

It's important to note that is it a little trek in-between stages, so timing is important if you are insistent on seeing particular bands.

Set on mostly tarmac, this is a festival where you will not need to worry about mud.

Tickets

  • Day: £29.50 + BF
  • Weekend: £39.50 + BF

Available on Ticketweb, the tickets can also be purchased physically from the following outlets:

  • O2 Academy Newcastle Box Office
  • Beatdown Records (Clayton Street Newcastle)
  • Northumbria University Students Union Welcome Desk
  • Newcastle University Students Union Reception
  • Hot Rats Records (Sunderland)
  • Middlesbrough Town Hall
  • Metro Centre (Gateshead)

More Outlets To Be Announced Soon

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Perform at the festival

Organisers have released the following information about the chance to play at this years event:

"This Easter Sunday, Evolution have teamed up with local superclub Digital, and electro house pioneers Elektriqa to host the "Search for a DJ" competition!

All you need to do to enter is..

  • Record a quick mix and upload it to Soundcloud (or similar upload site)
  • Post it on the D J C O M P Facebook wall..
  • The criteria we are looking at is.. technique, music choice and popularity. 6 contestants will be chosen to play the 'Terrace Bar' at Elektriqa @ Digital on Sunday 31st March From this the winner will play the Dance stage at Evolution Festival and be included on all literature!! WOW!

Click this link now to find the Facebook event!"

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Competition

For a chance to meet the artists, be a VIP, win weekend ticket and win unique one off prizes, Add Evo Mike on Facebook and send him a message, or email [email protected] with your information.

You can find further information on Evo Mike's page here

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Trivia

When it began in 2002, the event began as a multi-venue festival, which included out of festival events in the build up to the main event.

However over the years these lead up performances decreased, with more efforts put into the culminating event.

The festival has expanded over the years, introducing new stages, all the while maintaining a cost effective ticket price.

Past lineups

2012: Dizzee Rascal, Deadmau5, DJ Fresh and SBTRKT. To view the full line-up click here.