Artists For Artists - Avalanche Party's Top Evo Tips
Garage rockers Avalanche Party have built up quite the reputation in the North East over the last few years with their explosive live shows and are undoubtedly one of the leading lights in the region’s music scene right now. With tons of online support, national airplay and UK tours galore there’s a real opportunity for the five-piece at the moment and we can’t wait to see what they go on to do. Their performance at our 2016 event was a real highlight so we decided to catch up with Jordan Bell, the band's frontman, and find out his tips for Evolution Emerging 2017.
1. You played last year – tell us about your experiences at Evolution Emerging Festival? What was your biggest highlight?
Yeah we played the Tyne Bar stage last year which is mint. We played in 2014 too but we hadn't fully emerged so they had us back. If anyone doesn't know - the bands play outside under a big arch and they cram everyone in front of a stage as narrow as a gnat's knacker. It's great. It was a really nice sunny day, really busy, constant stream of people shuffling down the hill, pissing against the van. We went down like a punctured donut. One of those inflatable ones that people have on holidays in the tv adverts, in the glittering swimming pool. How do you get them on? Do you inflate afterwards or before? They seem difficult. All that just to float around? Anyway, stick a nail in one mid-pool and you'll need to start fluttering your legs a bit, because you'll find it goes down really well. Which is exactly like our Evolution Emerging set. It went down really well.
The sound engineer (Dave Shilleto of the Cluny) is one of the best about. That rarely gets mentioned so we'd like to. Top guy. We hope on the 27th May 2017 he's reclining horizontally in the Maldives sipping a cool Aperol Spritz, in his combat shorts. If not, him doing the sound again at the Tyne Bar stage would be nice too.
After we played we managed to get into Cluny 2 to watch Kingsley Chapman & the Murder and it was fantastic. Too many people to see anything from the back so went to the balcony. It looked and sounded phenomenal, and the band really had it.
Festivals like this are great for the North East scene and Evo Emerging is one of the best. Well put together, well ran on the day, well good. There's a special atmosphere to events like this which the bands playing get into as well - they're always on their mettle, they really want to bring it. We've just played Stockton Calling and it was insane by the time we got on stage.
More festivals like Evo please. Don't stop now.
(Avalanche Party performing at Stockton Calling 2017 - Photography by Nick Wesson)
2. Who would recommend to watch at Evolution Emerging this year?
We're gonna be on tour in Zagreb but we plan to Skype - we are @xAvalancheParty69x. Dear readers, give us an add, and if you're in the crowd for any of the following we'd love you to vibrate in our collective pocket.
Coquin Migale - first UK band ever to go on tour in North Korea*. Did it last year after knacking Reading & Leeds. These dudes is crazy good.
Black Sheep Frederick Dickens - You won't see anything else like this. David Saunders has a full Russian Orthodox Choir in his beard. A full Choir. He's joined by Rob Irish who can play every instrument ever made, all at the same time. Theatrical, dark, joyous. Go you must, marvel you will.
Cape Cub for the anthems, Shamu for the name, Llovers for the llovers & Jister for the game.
3. Do you have any tips for first time festival goers?
Bring spare wellies and get your organised mates to save you a spot to pitch your tent. Better still, give them your tent in advance and arrive fashionably late. Blame Northern Rail. Don't try to see too many bands because being on a schedule is a pain. Makes it hard to relax. Unless of course you want to be on a tight schedule and see loads of bands in which case - go for it, cultural cherubs.
If that's the choice you make then you will find that even the very slight walks between Evo Emerging venues eat up valuable seconds of music consumption. Get a horse. There's a riding school just up from the Cluny, make that your first point of call. Having said that we've been round that way many times, and never once have we came across a horse. What are they riding in there?
Do what you like. Enjoy yourself. Have a nice time.
( *Coquin Migale have not Toured North Korea - they played in South Korea as part of Zandari Festa)