The biggest music festival in the North East of England is back this year
and promises to be more impressive than ever before. From 19th-30th May
Newcastle and Gateshead will be rocking as this year's festival follows
the theme of tracing the evolution of popular music from Blues and Roots
right through to dance

With over 30 indoor gigs taking place over the festival period as well as
a huge free outdoor event with 3 stages on Newcastle & Gateshead
Quaysides; there is sure to be something to suit all tastes.

Not only that, but Jason Pierce of Spiritualised has joined the crew to
host a selection of individual events to provide us with a snapshot of his
personal musical Evolution. Jason will also be bringing his band
Spiritualised to play a unique one off gig at The Sage Gateshead where
they will be playing live for the first time a selection of songs from
their new album.

On any one night you are able to see the likes of super group from Austin
Texas The Resentments at Live Theatre, to Tsunami Bomb at Newcastle
University. Or Errol Linton Blues Vibe at Live to Jason Pierce’s
Spiritualised at The Sage Gateshead. From Disco Noir and Promise at
Foundation to Rooster and The Others at Northumbria University the list is

We are also proud to partner Shindig yet again who return to Baltic Square
on Sunday 29th May with ???????

Bank Holiday Monday 30th May sees Orange Evolution 2005 reach its climax
when the Quaysides of Newcastle & Gateshead will be transformed into a
free music festival spread over three sites. It is expected that over
25,000 people will gather to see the highest quality bill on outdoor
stages ever in the region.

The three main stages are the Innovation stage at Spillers Quay which willfeature Dizzie Rascal, The Ordinary Boys, Super Furry Animals, Mylo and
Dogs Die in Hot Cars to name but a few.

The Imagination Stage at Baltic Square will concentrate on new music and
in particular bands from the North East. The Future Heads, The Others,
Carbon Silicone and Fightstar feature amongst the line up.

The Inspiration Stage is between the other two sites on Quayside East and
will be geared towards a wide-ranging audience. Candi Staton, Misty in
Roots, American Music Club and Martin Stephenson & The Daintees are just
some of the delights in store - but there are many more not to be missed.

For more up to the minute information including artist running orders
check out the website on or pick up one of our free programmes from venues throughout the city. Also look out for our free pullout
supplement in the Evening Chronicle on Friday 6th May featuring a full
programme of the event.