Feature: How Tipping Point Live Is Helping North East Music To Flourish


The first ever Tipping Point Live takes place in Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley this weekend (21st- 23rd June). The festival boasts a brilliantly curated lineup and stands out from the pack for its focus on developing the North East’s musicians and industry professionals. Find out more about how it’s doing so here…

After ten years of being branded as Evolution Emerging, the multi-venue festival has undergone an evolution of its own by transforming into Tipping Point Live.

Tipping Point Live has many strings to its bow but it is a music festival first and foremost. The lineup includes Merseyside songsmith Bill Ryder Jones, Newcastle’s alt popster Martha Hill, Garage Indie rockers FEVA, and South Shields born experimental indie starlet Brooke Bentham topping the bill. However there are so many more great sets to sink your teeth into, whatever your taste!

Indie, Jazz, alt-pop, garage rock, folk, hip hop and many more genres will be ringing out through Ouseburn Valley across the weekend. The expansive list of performers has been curated by industry insiders such as Bernard Butler, Maximo Park’s Paul Smith and The Futureheads’ Barry Hyde. It is chock-full of hotly tipped acts from the North East and beyond so you’re bound to make some fantastic new discoveries!

The promotion of North East acts including Grace Gillespie, Many Moons, Reali-T, Spell Token and Vandebilt showcases just how dynamic and varied the local music scene is. There is also a spotlight on Ouseburn, the cultural heart of Newcastle.

In addition to giving a much needed platform to such acts, Tipping Point Live seeks to aid those working in the local music industry through its free conference taking place during the day on Friday 21st June. Talks and workshops will be hosted by some incredible businesses and initiatives like Spotify UK, award-winning music publishers Sentric Music, The Musicians’ Union, the UK’s premier royalty collection agency PRS, licensing organisation PPL and independent music charity Help Musicians UK.

Festival and conference organiser Charlie Dancer states, “We’re pleased to partner with some brilliant organisations who share our aim in supporting the region’s new talent. We are focused on talent development and want to ensure that this talent has a relevant understanding of the industry.”

Additional facets of the new festival include family friendly features such as children’s workshops in partnership with Chalk and Seven Stories, food and drink and much more.  Limited tickets are on sale now so if you’re looking for some last minute weekend plans consider them sorted!



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