Tips For Evolution Emerging -Simon Shaw (Ku Bar/Stockton Calling)
Following on from our feature with Frankie Francis of Frankie and the Heartstrings fame earlier this month, we went a little further south and caught up with Simon Shaw of Ku Promotions in Stockton.
Having established itself as one of the town’s premier live music venues, Simon Shaw is undoubtedly a big part of Ku Bar’s success having hosted some of the nation's most renowned acts in addition to working with one of Teesside's best musical celebrations - Stockton Calling. With a track record as a hard grafter in the region (not to mention his role as bassist in Bruto as well as several other projects over the years); Simon keeps his finger thoroughly on the pulse. Find out his top tips for Evolution Emerging 2017 below.
1. What are your thoughts on Evolution Emerging Festival and the current state of the North East music scene?
I think the North-East music scene is as strong as it's ever been personally, there's plenty of emerging type bands coming through at the moment from the region with Evo Emerging encapsulating this into one day of manic gig watching for live music lovers and casual gig goers. Also it's probably one of the best value festival tickets you'll pay for this Summer.
2. Who would recommend to watch at Evolution Emerging this year?
I don't ever want to influence someone away from seeing someone else but I really enjoy Cape Cub live and would consider myself a super-fan of the band so I've gotta recommend you also catch them (don't tell them I'm a super-fan though). I feel personally attached to the journey of the band from watching their first gig in Teesside, to the countless shows I've seen since. The rest of the UK are all on board with them right now with countless playlisted tracks in Spotify playlists I feel the only way is up the band so I'd say catch them while they're still doing intimate gig venues. My favourite type of band is one that has me replaying and singing the lyrics in my head on the journey home and Cape Cub do this for me. Simple enough, I'm looking forward to them playing a packed room in Newcastle.
I'll also throw in some other great artists I'll be trying to catch or wishing a class gig too: Llovers for being slacker indie gents & Eve Conway for mind blowning vocal talent and creative writing.
3. Do you have any tips for first time festival goers?
My toptip is too be nice to everyone and enjoy it, it's a great festival with a plethora of artists to enjoy so go and do it.