Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: Music's Life Force Drives Festival; the Music Will Be Indoors as Well as out at the Biggest Evolution Festival Yet, as Daniel Thomson Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: Music's Life Force Drives Festival; the Music Will Be Indoors as Well as out at the Biggest Evolution Festival Yet, as Daniel Thomson Reports

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THE 2008 Evolution music festival in May - already famous as an outdoor event - has been bolstered by the announcement of 10 indoor shows which will be staged at six venues in Newcastle and Gateshead.

In addition, there will be four free seminars and workshops at The Sage Gateshead and Northern Stage.

The indoor programme is packed with headline acts, making it a rival for the open air line-up.

Mercury Music Prize-nominated Seth Lakeman will play The Sage Gateshead, Juno Award-winning Tiga heads an electro-dance party at Digital in Newcastle and Grammy Award winner David Honeyboy Edwards brings the blues to The Cluny in Byker. Playing in Newcastle a month short of his 93rd birthday, Edwards is the most experienced performer at this year's Evolution and gives the festival the chance to showcase legends alongside emerging talent from both sides of the Atlantic.

As in previous years, the festival will bring together the cream of North East talent in a showcase night at Northumbria University, which also enables ticket holders to travel across town free of charge on the Metro for the Jukebox indie night at the Other Rooms.

Tiga, from Montreal, will curate a dance night at Digital on May 23 while The Blackbyrds, from Washington DC, lead a jazz funk party at The Cluny on the same night.

The week running up to Evolution 2008 will also feature a set of participatory events under the banner of The Know How with industry names sharing their thoughts and experiences for the education of North East musicians and businesses.

This will include a seminar at The Sage Gateshead led by Tony Wadsworth, former EMI chairman and chief executive, called What's Happened to the Record Industry? He will be joined by John Kennedy, chairman and chief executive of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry This will be followed by three other sessions featuring chief executives, heads of music labels and A&R (artists and repertoire), producers, directors, and songwriters. …

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