Evolution Emerging confirms full 2018 line-up

PRS for Music supporting Generator's festival on its 10th anniversary

The band Martha sat outside on a granite block, dressed in black jackets and smiling
Evolution Emerging headliners Martha

Organisers of the 10th Evolution Emerging Festival have today confirmed the full line-up which will see over 50 of the North-East’s brightest stars take over 10 of Ouseburn's most iconic venues. 

Taking place on Saturday, 9th June, this year's headliners The Pale White, Cape Cub, Martha and Tom Joshua will be joined by some of the hottest talent the region has to offer right now. 

The Pale White, who are headlining the Cluny stage, will be preceded by the likes of Newcastle's singer-songwriter sensation Cortney Dixon and fellow Tyneside artists PRIZE and Sauvage.

Hartlepool's Michael Gallagher, Sunderland's electronic pop outfit Vandebilt along with Middlesbrough's Leddie MC and sprightly indie popsters, The Yada Yada Yada's will complete the eclectic billing at the Ouseburn's most famous live music haunt. 

Meanwhile, over at the Cluny 2 Stage, Cape Cub will be joined by other Teesside-based acts including NME favourites Llovers and expansive indie band Para Alta. The Cluny 2 instalment will also R'n'B tinged POLO take to the stage as well as Holly Rees, as recommended by the independent music publisher, Sentric. 

The Tyne Bar, back once again to fulfil its Evolution Emerging duties, will feature the likes of Middlesbrough's Mouses, Sunderland's Social Room, neo-psych rockers Behold a Pale Horse and the Newcastle based Irish act Good Friend while The Cumberland Arms will boast the eagerly anticipated showings of Tom Joshua, Casual Threats, and the French pop-punk duo Noise & The Naïve. 

Evolution Emerging 2018 will also see bands and artists performing at Cobalt Studios, Mustang's Alley, Backyard Bikeshop, Tanner's Arms, Blast Studios, and Little Buildings.


We're all hugely excited to be bringing a whole host of fantastic artists to Evolution Emerging this year, in what is, the most diverse and comprehensive line-up to date. Aside from our festival headliners The Pale White, Cape Cub & Martha, we’ve made a concerted effort this year to cover more ground than ever with more slots, an eclectic spread of genres and more bands from right across the region. Some of the fantastic additions include folksy energetic Northumberland troupe Dansi, Teesside alt-punks Bruto, chaotic Newcastle rap trio RoninClan, and Sunderland new disco get-up Vandebilt. Amongst these new additions, we will see the return of two of the North-East’s most active mc’s, ZICO MC & Leddie MC, the incredible vocal powers of IMOGEN and festival debut of R&B artist Jamiliah plus Newcastle Jazz Trio Archipelago. It’s our 10th year with more acts performing, more variety, and a larger capacity than ever before. For anyone seeking a true taste of what the North-East has to offer, there is no other event like it this year!

Generator's Talent Development Manager, Charlie Dancer

In celebration of the ten-year milestone with its bigger line-up and more venues, Evolution Emerging 2018 has secured five sponsors this year, the most there has ever been they are: Sentric Music, PPL, PRS for Music, BPI, Musicians’ Union, and Help Musicians UK.


Being involved with Evolution Emerging is a no-brainer for Sentric. The work Generator does in the North-East should be a benchmark for all regions and every event we’ve attended so far has been interesting, insightful, engaging and, most importantly, useful for artists and industry alike.

Simon Pursehouse, Director of Music Services at Sentric

Over the last 10 years, the Evolution Emerging festival has done fantastic jobs showcasing some of the very best ‘next big things’ in the North East. In a milestone year for the event, I am delighted that PRS for Music is returning as a sponsor, and I am looking forward to taking part in the new music industry conference arm as well.

Daniel Jones, PRS for Music’s Education & Outreach Manager for North England

Initiatives like Generator’s Tipping Point support new and emerging talent and we wish the team warm congratulations on the tenth anniversary of Evolution Emerging. The line-up for the festival is very strong and we are looking forward to being involved as a sponsor once again this year.

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive at PPL

It’s always great to be involved with projects that champion and support emerging artists, and that keep the focus on the stages of renowned local music venues. Not only can artists benefit from the exposure of the festival, but the preceding conference is sure to also offer some vital industry advice and connections.

Kelly Wood, Live Performance Official at the MU

Earlybird tickets for Evolution Emerging 2018 are on sale at £10 until Wednesday, 28th March. 

For more information about the line-up and to buy tickets visit: 

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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