|Orange Evolution Festival|
|Years active||2005 - present|
|Date(s)||May Bank Holiday|
|Genre||Rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock|
The Evolution Festival is a music festival held annually in venues across Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead, England since 2005. Its centre-piece is a two-stage event held on Spring Bank Holiday Monday at two sites beside the River Tyne, though the festival also incoporates a series of other performances at venues around Newcastle and Gateshead in the preceding week. It has previously been known as Orange Evolution and Freevolution.
The first festival, in 2005, consisted of a series of live music performances throughout Newcastle and Gateshead in the month of May. It was sponsored by the UK mobile phone network Orange and culminated on Bank Holiday Monday with a free three-stage event around the Spillers Wharf area of the Newcastle Quayside and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. Over the next two years the number of ancillary events decreased with more focus on the culminating event. In 2008, the festival ended its sponsorship with Orange and rebranded itself as 'Evolution Festival', introducing a charge (of £3.00) for the Bank Holiday Monday festival for the first time. Some of this charge will be passed on to Wateraid, its official charity. In 2009, acts such as The Wombats and Dizzee Rascal headline the event with the festival now being a weekender festival. The festival is hosted on Sunday and Monday and tickets are priced at £15 per weekend ticket.
Quayside East: Vic Goddard, Charles Walker, Candi Staton, Misty in Roots, Mark Eitzel American Music Club, 50 Foot Wave, Martin Stephenson & The Daintees.
Baltic Square: The Go! Team, Richard Hawley, Jim Noir, Field Music, Liam Frost, The Sunshine Underground, Lorraine, The Bulletproof Stonelove Soundsystem.
Quayside East: Richie Havens, Hayseed Dixie, Legendary Shack Shakers, The Handsome Family, Holly Gollightly, Morfo, The Eighteenth Day Of May.
Baltic Square: Maximo Park, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joe Jackson, Kano, Hot Club de Paris, The Motorettes, Seven Heroes.