Evolution 2012 line up revealed

EVOLUTION Festival returns to the North East on the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend with a stellar line up of the most influential and exciting names in popular music. Evolution attracts 28,000 people per day to the Quayside, delivering an outstanding bill of contemporary live acts and dj’s at an unbeatable price.

The festival will return on Sunday, June 3, and Monday, June 4, at NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

Dizzee Rascal, Deadmau5, Maximo Park, Noah & The Whale plus many more have been confirmed for the north east musical spectacular today.

2012 is the ‘Return Of The Rascal” headlining the main stage on Sunday is the irrepressible Dizzee Rascal. The ultimate showman whose pop sensibilities seamlessly fuse Grime, House and Hip-hop Dizzee Rascal ensures rapturous responses from audience and arrives with a sack load of number 1 hits including Dance Wiv Me, Bonkers, Holiday and Dirtee Disco.

Not the first dead rodent to be found on the Quayside but certainly the biggest, famed for his notorious live shows, the mighty Deadmau5 brings the biggest production ever to Evolution with his jaw dropping audio visual spectacular. His set up will no doubt light up the Quayside for a perfect finale to the weekend. With an epic mix of EDM Deadmau5 is a genuine global star and this is his only North of England show this year.

The North East’s favourite sons Maximo Park will grace the stage as very special guests in support of Dizzee. Having blazed a trail around the Globe representing all that is good and infectious about the North East we are stoked to have them at Evolution and with the band currently ensconced in the Studio working on their new album we look forward to giving the boys a HUGE hometown welcome as they hit the stage for one of their legendary, incendiary live shows.

Noah & The Whale delivered the hugely critically and commercially successful ‘Last Night On Earth’ album last year and are undoubtedly one of the best live bands in the country as their recent sell out UK tour demonstrated. Variously described as anti-folk, nu-folk and folk-pop (a confusing multitude of pigeonholes) alongside like-minded souls such as Laura Marling and Emmy the Great. Both of whom were part-time members of the band at various points.

Rizzle Kicks have been the undisputed breakout act of the past 6 months seemingly coming from nowhere to top radio playlist and the charts and injecting some fun into proceedings wherever they perform. Rizzle Kicks are destined for superstardom in 2012 and their set will be one of the feel good moments of the festival.

Evolution promoter Jim Mawdsley said: “We are very proud to bring such a strong and progressive line up to NewcastleGateshead for this years Evolution Festival. We look forward to partying with you all in June.” Tickets are priced at £25 for a day ticket or £35 for the weekend available here.


Sunday 3 June

Spillers Wharf 

Dizzee Rascal

Plus very special guests

Maximo Park

Miles Kane


Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Dog Is Dead

Lulu James

Theme Park

The Lake Poets

Ballast Hills

Turbulence & Metropolis present

DJ sets from...

DJ Fresh

Jack Beats

Shy FX


Toddla T

Dot Rotten



Monday 4 June:>

Spillers Wharf


Noah & The Whale

Rizzle Kicks

Band Of Skulls

Here We Go Magic


Jessie Ware

The Milk


Ballast Hills

Wax:On presents

DJ sets from...


Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (live)

Maya Jane Coles

Eats Everything


People Get Real

Mike Jones