EXCITING soul singer Lulu James, pictured above, will headline this year’s Evolution Emerging Festival.
The South Shields product is one of the three headliners at the Ouseburn festival on Saturday, May 27, along with Coquin Migale and Eat Fast.
The organisers of the event, which will see more than 40 North-East musical artists descend on Newcastle for 12 hours of music, have confirmed the full line-up for what promises to be another great year.
The team behind the festival, Newcastle-based Generator, has pulled out all the stops to bring everybody together, with much excitement about the headliners.
Coquin Migale are one of the hottest alternative rock bands emerging from the North-East and have received national airplay.
They will headline the Cluny 2 stage, while Eat Fast have been invited along as the main act on the Tyne Bar stage.
But the addition of Lulu James as festival headliner at the Cluny is big news after she attracted a nationwide following.
She said: “I’m so happy to be coming back and playing on home turf again!
“I’m starting this year’s run of shows at Evolution Emerging after two years on the road with the amazing electronic music duo, Gorgon City.
“I had an amazing experience with the Gorgon City crew playing world-renowned stages and I’ve developed and grown as an artist and a performer.
“I’m delighted to bring you my new project, the album that everyone has been waiting for. Come along and check it out; I’ll be sharing the stage with amazing new talent from the North-East, so it’s a hot ticket!”
Elsewhere in the line-up, the likes of Cape Cub, Bryde and the hotly- tipped Keiandra will appear, as will Radio 1’s psych pop favourites The Old Pink House, singer-songwriter Mat Hunsley, progressive rockers Mongeese and alt-pop outfit Shamu.
The festival will also see performances from Teesside shoegazer Figmennt and Newcastle instrumental band Apologies, as well as an array of new artists, including the London-based, British-Grenadian rapper Sagaboi and four-piece indie pop band Llovers.
Generator’s talent development manager Bob Allan said: “We’re really proud of this year’s line-up, and feel it’s definitely our best yet.
“Not only do we have Evolution Emerging acts from previous years returning as our established headliners, but there’s a torrent of new talent coming through too.
“I’m really excited to see new acts like Blesh, Keiandra, The Old Pink House, Sagaboi and Llovers, and, with a few new venues and a couple of surprises up our sleeves, festival goers should snap up their tickets soon to avoid disappointment.
“This is the ideal opportunity for people in the North-East to discover their new favourite artist and to support future success stories from the region.”