Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

All Quayed Up for Free Musical Feast

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

All Quayed Up for Free Musical Feast

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Byline: By Sam Wonfor

The climax to Orange Evolution kicks off today with a free-for-all gathering on both sides of the Tyne. Sam Wonfor previews the tuneful programme and talks to Ross Phillips, guitarist with Freevolution headliners Hard-Fi.

Acclaimed Wearside quartet The Futureheads got proceedings perfectly under way via a double-headed performance at The Sage Gateshead and Newcastle Carling Academy on May 19.

In the 11 days since that, a plethora of paid-for performances from acts including Hot Chip, The Guillemots, John Hammond, Ocean Colour Scene, The James Taylor Quartet and Spank Rock (not to mention Shindig's birthday celebrations at Baltic Square last night) have packed in the crowds at a cluster of Tyneside venues as part of the fifth Orange Evolution Festival.

But today comes the day to put your money away. It's Freevolution time, folks.

Twenty-three bands have been booked and will be waiting in the wings of three stages ( Innovation, Inspiration and Imagination ( from 1pm to entertain an estimated 40,000 music lovers on both sides of the River Tyne.

"It's going to be a great day," says Hard-Fi guitarist Ross Phillips, who is speaking from previous experience.

The band played the festival last year when they were a relatively unknown quantity, but are making a triumphant return as 2006 headliners.

"We were on quite early on the little stage," he says, casting his mind back. "The crowd were well up for it and it was pretty much our only festival performance. We missed most of the others for one reason or another, so we haven't played that many since Evolution. We're pleased to be coming back and looking forward to seeing some of the bands too. We've done a few gigs with Boy Kill Boy and we're looking forward to seeing Graham Coxon too."

Ross and his Hard-Fi bandmates Richard Archer, Steve Kemp and Kai Stephens have just completed their sell-out UK dates and have dived straight back into the tour bus for festival season. …

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