Natural Selection; FESTIVAL It's the North East's Biggest Music Festival and the Early Bird Tickets Have Gone Already. Culture Studies the Theory of Evolution

Article excerpt

Now is as good a time as any to start planning your Bank Holiday weekends and back with a vengeance for the second one in May is Evolution.

Again taking over Newcastle and Gateshead's quaysides on Sunday and Monday, the festival is, as usual, bringing some big names to its riverside party.

Indie-rockers The Vaccines are playing on the Sunday, and it has been a meteoric rise for Justin Young, Arni Arnason, Freddie Cowan and Pete Robertson, who formed in 2010. Since releasing their debut album in 2011, What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? the band has supported Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire and The Stone Roses.

Their second album, Come of Age, was released last year and, after opening for Muse in February, the band are set to be headliners at Evolution.

Also performing on Sunday is emotive singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding, who also has two albums to her name and contributed to the soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Headlining on the Monday is Paloma Faith, who gigged before a sell-out crowd at Newcastle's O2 Academy recently. The Jools Holland favourite began singing classics by Etta James and Billie Holiday before fronting a band at college called Paloma and the Penetrators. She developed her own soul-jazz style accompanied by imaginative hair styles and marvellous gowns, releasing Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? …