Evolution Weekender 2011 - Saturday - A Review In Pictures - Newcastle
Newcastle's Evolution Weekender takes place down by the City's Quayside, with bands performing over three stages. The festival was previously held on the Sunday and Monday of the Bank Holiday Weekend but this year had been moved a day earlier, to Saurday and Sunday.
I've attended Evolution for the past few years as it's always an enjoyable event, with my only gripe the lengthy distance between the main arena - Spillers Stage and it's little brother - Baltic Stage, as it's a fair trek, leading to about a thirty minute round trip if you want to catch an act in the smaller space. With this in mind I had decided to limit my day to sets in the larger venue and the slightly closer Ballast Hills Stage. This was a new addition to the festival in 2010, offering up a variety of Folk, Americana and Country acts in a covered tent, with the whole setting producing a very family friendly vibe.
Photographers are generally allowed to shoot three songs from the photo pit of each arena so I tended only to view performances from each band on the main stage for that allocated period.
I did manage to take in a couple of full sets on the Ballast Hills Stage though from a couple of Folk acts, with Canadian trio Good Lovelies and UK Folkies Smoke Fairies offering up highlights of the day.
I also managed to drag my lazy self over to the Baltic Stage just the once to catch a chunk of female choir Gaggle's set. One of the singers, who seemed just a little bit on the tipsy side, mentioned that it was the band's final show but I'm not sure if that was true or not.
One of the other stand outs of the Festival for me was the chance to shoot The Kills in daylight as I'd previously encountered them in a dimly lit London venue a few weeks earlier, playing in vile lighting conditions for a photographer. Sadly the same couldn't be said about my experience photographing US legend Iggy Pop's performance. Photographers were only allocated two songs for his headline set, with the lights switched off for about half of one track and Mr Pop spending a lot of time unlit front of stage for a large part of the remainder, leading to a slightly unrewarding experience for the assembled shooters!
I may have grumbled alongside my colleagues at the time but it certainly didn't spoil my enjoyment of Evolution as a whole, so I'm sure I'll be back next year given the chance!
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