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OUSEBURN will rock as Evolution Unsigned showcases North East music stars of tomorrow.

Two dozen bands will play six venues in Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle, with the event headlined by Sunderland band The Week That Was.

Music fans have an extra date to add to their diaries this May Bank Holiday weekend as Evolution Festival 2009 kicks off with a showcase of fantastic North East musical talent at Evolution Unsigned.

Presented by regional music agency Generator and leading North East music magazine NARC, Evolution Unsigned will see 24 of the best unsigned bands from across the region play at six venues in the Ouseburn Valley on Friday 22 May. All of the gigs are free. Doors open at 7pm.

Bands taking part in Evolution Unsigned have been chosen from over 75 demo CDs sent into Generator and include Karoshi Bros from Newcastle, B>E>A>K from Sunderland, The Small Screen Light Show from Seaham, Co Durham and The Blitz Evra from Hartlepool..

Evolution Unsigned will be headlined by Sunderland band The Week That Was who have received a lot of critical acclaim from music industry stalwarts such as NME and have just finished performing at the massive South By South West festival in the US.

The band comprises members of legendary Sunderland pop band Field Music and this will be The Week That Was's last-ever gig before they go into the studio to record the new Field Music album.

The group are an inspiration to other bands on the bill as they have a recording contract with record label Memphis Industries.

Venues taking part in Evolution Unsigned are The Art Works Galleries, The Star & Shadow Cinema, The Round, The Tyne pub, Retreat @ St Dominic's and The Tanners bar - all within easy walking distance of each other.

The region has a well-deserved reputation for having produced some of the best bands in recent UK music and representatives from some of the UK's biggest record labels are expected to descend on the city to be the first to spot the next North East band to follow in 1 apart way it the local the footsteps of Maximo Park or the Futureheads.

Commenting on the event, Jim Mawdsley, Evolution Festival director and chief executive of Generator said: "This is a great opportunity for music fans from across the region and those who are visiting the North East to attend the Evolution Weekender to visit some of the great bars and venues in the Ouseburn Valley and see and hear some of our best emerging musical talent." Claire Dupree, editor of NARC, said: "NARC is so proud to be a part of Evolution Unsigned. The magazine exists to showcase the amazing array of talent in the North East and we're excited to be hosting such a fantastic event." Stella Hall, creative director for culture10, added: "Evolution stands apart from other festivals for the way it not only shows off NewcastleGateshead as an unbeatable urban setting for live music, but also reflects the talent and energy of the local scene. It means as a festival goer you can catch up with established international artists, as well as discover new, up-and-coming acts. Evolution Unsigned will be an exciting new opener." stands other for the off and of the musicEvolution stands apart from other festivals for the way it shows off the talent and energy of the local live music scene
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 6, 2009
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