Tips For Evolution Emerging - Nad Khan (Euphoria Magazine, DrunkenWerewolf, Narc. Magazine)
We’re rounding off our regional tips for Evolution Emerging 2017 with none other than esteemed local journo Nad Khan. Whilst seemingly writing for every music publication around (Drunken Werewolf, God Is In The TV, Euphoria and NARC. Magazine), Nad manages to get to his fair share of gigs here in the North East and we really couldn’t not ask him for his top tips for our annual event. Delve in below!!
1. What are your thoughts on Evolution Emerging Festival and the current state of the North-East music scene?
Having had experience of EE as an artist back in 2013 and more recently as a writer/journalist, I’d say that it’s probably the most important music-based event in the North-East. It gives musicians of all genres an opportunity to impress on a bigger scale, whilst offering them the tools and opportunities to progress beyond the region. Right now, our cities and towns are exploding with amazing music and bands/artists with the potential to do big things. There’s a proper community spirit right now and It’s just a really exciting time to be involved in local music. SHEARERRRRRRRR!
2. Who would you recommend watching at Evolution Emerging this year?
Although I feel like last year will be hard to beat, there’s a lot of great stuff on the bill this time around which could prove me wrong. Callum Pitt is a wonderful guy and an even better musician, so make sure you catch him with his full-band setup at The Cluny 2. I’m also loving what Dylan Cartlidge is doing with Chaos Jigsaw at the minute - It’s like dynamic alternative hip hop stuff, with killer grooves and he’s just a very cool guy. You’ve also got a great contingent of female artists this year like Eve Conway, who has an amazing voice and does some interesting things with loops and harmonies live. In terms of bands, the likes of New Horror, Llovers and Shamu will all be worth your time and attention. Headliners-wise, Eat Fast or the Coquin (Migale) lads will definitely do the trick.
3. Do you have any tips for first time festival goers?
Make sure you dig out your running shoes because you will be dashing between venues a lot if you’ve got clashes or generally fancy a jog. It’s tempting to just sit somewhere like Tyne Bar all day (don’t worry I feel you, especially if its sunny and the pints are flowing) but don’t fall into the trap of staying put, it’s worth getting around and seeing things you haven’t even planned to. You never know, you might just stumble upon your new favourite band!