Evolution Festival announces impressive line up

EVOLUTION Festival will return to the Newcastle Gateshead quayside this May with another impressive line-up featuring the top names in popular music.

Paloma Faith is the queen of retro soul and sassy pop and this this complete performer commands the stage with her rabble rousing shows.

Performing tracks from her two highly acclaimed albums ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful’ and ‘Fall To Grace’ Paloma has been nominated for Best Female Solo Artist and Best British Album at the Brit Awards.

The Vaccines are arguably the best live band in the country and have been nominated as one of the best live acts at the Brit Awards. The band are also shortlisted in the Best British Band and Best Album categories at the upcoming NME Awards. Their ‘Come Of Age’ album entered the chart at number 1 and they continue to spearhead the UK’s garage / indie rock movement

Jake Bugg has taken the music world by storm over the last 12 months, seemingly appearing from nowhere to becoming one of the most acclaimed artists in the country. His eponymous debut album reached number 1 in the charts and has been a permanent fixture in the top 10 ever since. This 18 year old somehow manages to sound retro and yet absolutely modern and his set is sure to be one of the defining Evolution moments.

One of the UK’s most singular and compelling songwriters Ellie Goulding has found international acclaim with her albums ‘Lights’ and ‘Halcyon’. Halcyon saw Ellie laying her emotions bare, a journey out of heartbreak and into hope. Back on track her live performances earned rave reviews in 2012 and this is the first opportunity to catch Ellie at a festival in 2013.

Headlining the dance stage are two of the most gargantuan names in electronic music Sub Focus and Modestep both of whom will be performing live.

Sub Focus is one of the superstars of bass music, a production obsessive whose attention to detail is matched only by the raw spectacle of his incredible live show. A bone fide cross over artist Sub Focus is that rare thing in dance music, someone who can keep one foot in the underground and still have credible radio hits all of which he will be performing for the Evolution crowd.

Other acts confirmed for Evolution include the 21st century soul of rising local star Lulu James, Nas protégé Arlissa, the haunting acoustic indie and folk of Sunderland’s The Lake Poets, Grime superstar Lethal Bizzle, Radio 1 and 1xtra supremo MistaJam and drum & bass / breakstep overlord Zinc.

Evolution Festival promoter Jim Mawdsley said: “We have been working damned hard over the last few months to put together the strongest, most varied line up yet! As usual we are proud to have such a strong mix of today’s heavy weights and future stars.

“The dance stage at Ballast Hills will be an even bigger draw this year and again we are producing all of this for the best value ticket in the UK Festival market. I for one can’t wait.”

Full Line Up

Sunday 26th May

Spillers Wharf Stage

The Vaccines

Ellie Goulding

Rudimental Live

The Strypes


The Lake Poets

Rossi Noise

Ballast Hills Stage

Modestep Live

Lethal Bizzle


Delta Heavy



Gentleman Jonny

Monday 27th May

Spillers Wharf Stage

Paloma Faith

Jake Bugg



Lulu James


Eliza & The Bear

Ballast Hills Stage

Sub Focus Live

Mista Jam



Gorgon City

P Money


Visit www.evolutionfestival.co.uk for more information.