My Facebook fans have been asking to see more pictures from the Evolution 2012 Festival (the premier summer festival in Newcastle upon Tyne, in case you didn’t know), so without further ado, here is a comprehensive set of pictures from Day 1: Sunday June 2nd. I was stationed at Spillers Stage (the main stage), with Maximo Park and Dizzee Rascal Headlining.
As usual, you can click on the image to see it full size and, once you’ve done that you can use the arrows to scroll through in order.
First up on Spillars stage at Evolution 2012, was local band The Lake Poets. Hailing from Sunderland and definitely a rising star, Martin Longstaff, the singer/songwriter behind the Lake Poets, recruited some fellow musicians to put on a show for Newcastle’s Festival crowd:
Next up were Theme Park. Bringing a taste of summer to Newcastle, Theme Park performed songs from their upcoming debut album. The band may be from London but their music is reminiscent of more southern climes, so it was good that we had sunshine and beautiful weather to accompany them (not a mean feat in the North East).
Third on the billing was 21 year old singer Lulu James, bringing some 21st Century Soul to the Evolution Festival Crowd. Lulu is another North East performer and, conspiring with the weather to prove that it’s not all grim up North, she looks as beautiful as her voice sounds.
She wowed the Newcastle audience by appearing onstage in a bin-liner, which she tore off half way through the set; showing that she looks just as good in a bin liner as out of one! Theatrics aside, Lulu James is a stunning performer, with tons of charisma and a big, beautiful voice.
Nottingham five piece Dog Is Dead followed with a really fun, lively performance. Their uplifting blend of indie pop with jazz undertones kept the audience’s spirits high.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich hails from York. His sound is reminiscent of Damien Rice and Chris Martin, so it’s fair to say he did not maintain the crowd’s high spirits – but hey, every crowd needs a break from the excitement, right?
Not quite hot-on-the-heels of BFL was the thoroughly disappointing young rapper Devlin, who’s lackluster performance served to underline why Dizzee is still top of the billing.
Bringing up the rear vanguard of headline performers at Evolution 2012 Festival was Miles Kane, who whipped Newcastle audience into a frenzy with a rollicking performance, proving that he doesn’t need The Last Shadow Puppets or The Rascals to be brilliant.
Second billing on Day 1 of Evolution 2012 were Newcastle local heroes Maximo Park. Paul Smith (ever the effervescent front-man and a favourite of mine to photograph) and the band delivered a blinding set despite being blinded by the sunset over Newcastle’s quayside. Playing songs from their new album The National Health, as well as a stock of festival favourites, Maximo Park revved the audience’s engines to redline and made it look easy.
Headlining for the second time at Evolution Festival, Dizzee Rascal delivered a bevvy of festival favourites as well as performing some new tracks. Showing that there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken, Dizzee kept the crowd bouncing til well after dark despite the sudden downpour of rain.
Stay tuned for pictures from Day 2 of Evolution Festival 2012! And remember, if you need a professional freelance photographer based Newcastle, contact me for a quote. I cover festivals, conferences and corporate events all over the country.