Tips For Evolution Emerging - John Martindale (Blank Studios)
We caught up with John Martindale from Blank Studios for our next set of top tips for Evolution Emerging 2017 and we couldn’t really have asked a better person! Having set up Blank Studios in 2008 in the cultural hub that is the Ouseburn Valley, John has since headlined our event with his band Shields and knows exactly what the region’s music scene has to offer. Check out his standout acts below!
1. What are your thoughts on Evolution Emerging Festival and the current state of the North East music scene?
The North East music scene feels as strong as its ever been at the moment - there's quite a raft of new talent coming though and its nice to see them causing a stir on a local and national scale. It definitely feels like eyes are on the North east at the moment. Evolution Emerging is a key event in the NE music scene calendar. The Ouseburn valley seems to be a bit of a centre pin of the scene and its great to have everyone in the same place at he same time. I think the festival does a great job of making the scene feel like a scene - it gives the artists a chance to check each other out, support each other and just to get a good sense of whats happening musically at that point. Its always very well attended and its encouraging to see new artists playing to packed out venues.
2. Who would recommend to watch at Evolution Emerging this year?
Too many to mention! There's the obvious ones like Coquin Migale, Eat Fast and Lulu (James). The Old Pink House are making waves at the moment, Keiandra is class, I would say Callum Pitt is a "Hot Tip". I've definitely missed a load of unmissables there but the list could just keep going...
3. Do you have any tips for first time festival goers?
Try and cram in as many bands as you can as there's so much going on! Get down early as there's some Gems playing early on. If you like good beer, you'll be spoilt for choice - Tyne Bar, Tanners, The Cumberland and The Cluny all pull a mean pint. Its definitely worth making sure you catch a band or two at The Tyne Bar, especially if its a nice day the out door stage and drinking area captures the vibe of the whole festival really well.