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Tipping Point Live Reveals Epic Summer Launch Line-Up

Tipping Point is pleased to reveal our full line-up for Tipping Point Live, which is taking place across 2 days – on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June 2019.


Our new multi-genre, family friendly champion for the musical stars of tomorrow will take over the Ouseburn Valley this summer and will welcome over 40 artists across nine of some of the city’s most iconic venues including The Cluny, Tyne Bar, and The Cumberland Arms.

Co-curated by Generator and the likes of international record producer Bernard Butler, Maximo Park’s Paul Smith and The Futureheads’ Barry Hydee, Tipping Point Live will see an epic day of industry events and live music on the Saturday, but will also welcome an ambitious opening party on the Friday with a full programme of live and interactive delights confirmed.

Full Lineup:


The Cluny: 

Martha Hill Music, Dansi, Portraits

Cluny 2: 

Taupe, J Frisco, Archipelago

The Star & Shadow Cinema: 

Brad Field, Sauvage, Spell Token


Blank Studios: 

Cal Raasay, Me Lost Me, Worry Party


The Cluny: 

Bill Ryder-Jones, Brooke Bentham, The Noise and the Naive, Freese Trio, Swine Tax

Cluny 2:

FEVA, Dead Naked Hippies, The Yada Yada Yadas, Blamire, Mr Comfortable

Tyne Bar: 

Vandebilt, Philth Like, PICNIC, Reali-T,

Cumberland Arms: 

Grace Gillespie, Nel Unlit, Many Moons, Amy Hopkinson


Polo, Tipping Point DJs (Official Afterparty)


Xaatu, NE Dons, John Dole


BBC 6 Music favourite and Domino Records’ Bill Ryder Jones, who will headline the event at Cluny 1 on Saturday 22nd, needs little introduction. The former lead guitarist and co-founder of the legendary Liverpool band The Coral has earned nationwide praise for his solo career and his latest album, Yawn, has been labelled as one of 2018’s greatest releases.

Performing just before the Liverpool songsmith, Brooke Bentham is poised to be a show stopper.

Across two EPS – ‘This Rapture’, and ‘The Room Swayed’ – the supremely talented songwriter and vocalist has crafted kitchen-sink dramas of exquisite detail, honesty, and quiet assurance and has been labelled by The Times as an “austere beauty”.

Over at the Cluny 2 on the same evening, Geordie garage indie rockers, FEVA, will headline; demonstrating the festival’s commitment to providing diversity and variety this year.

Dubbed as the “party stage” by organisers Generator, Sunderland’s disco indie outfit Vanderbilt will top the bill at Tyne Bar which will also see fellow Wearsiders and the brass indie band Picnic, Mike-Skinner-esque rapper Philth Like and Hackney Born, North-East based hip hop artists Reali-T take to the stage.

With a strong emphasis on new age folk music, The Cumberland Arms will see the Bon Iver, Nick Drake-inspired Grace Gillespie headline with Teesside’s Nel Unlit and Newcastle based folk indie band Many Moons, also joining the party, with blissful singer-songwriter Amy Hopkinson opening up the stage.

The recently-launched Kaleidoscope venue on Stepney Bank in the Ouseburn will play host to the new wave bass producer Xaatu complete with his eclectic range dirty dub sounds, as well as the hotly tipped grime duo NE, Dons with the pioneering hip hop artist and lyric-smith, John Dole are set to open the festivities.

One of Newcastle’s leading recording studios, Blast Studios, will see the BBC’s chief North East music introducer, Nick Roberts take over the venue which will boast a series of curator interviews conducted by the broadcaster alongside soon to be announced live sessions with some of this year’s performers.

Meanwhile, on Friday 21st June, one of the region’s most promising young singer-songwriters, Martha Hill, will kick things off in style and will be backed by folk high risers Dansi, and the Neo-Soul, R&B infused band Portraits.

And, for the very first time, Generator will introduce Jazz to one of their events, where two of the region’s most high profile and forwarding-thinking acts, Taupe and Archipelago, will take to the Cluny 2 stage, joined by Leeds based instrumental and experimental electronic jazz act J Frisco.

One of Newcastle’s more recent newly relocated and reopened, Star and Shadow Cinema, will be playing host to two brilliant Tipping Point Live commissioned collaboration projects, mixing both music with audio-visual experiences.

Brad Field, a live drummer who built his own pipe organ and mixed media set up to work via drum sample triggers will be working with renowned visual artists Tim Shaw, and the Newcastle art-pop band Sauvage will be working with the experienced dancer and choreographer Lila Naruse and renowned film director K Pfennich for a live audio-visual spectacular.

Finally, next door at Blank Studios, Tipping Point Live will display a setting of experimental intimacy where traditional folk will align with the experimental electronic artist, Me Lost Me, the ethereal Worry Party and the atmospheric and sonic brilliance of Cal Raasay.

Reacting to today’s line-up announcement, Tipping Point Live Festival Organiser, Charlie Dancer, said: “We are all hugely excited to bring you the first Tipping Point Live Festival artist line-up, with two of my personal favourites in songwriting genius Bill Ryder Jones and South Shields legend-in-waiting Brooke Bentham!

“Tipping Point Live will play host to a right eclectic mix; we’ve got Ambient, we’ve got Experimental jazz, we’ve got Art-Rock, Garage Indie, Folk, Neo-Soul, Hip-Hop, Bass Music, Grime, Disco – it’s going to be the most expansive display of what the North-East has under our sleeves the region has ever seen!”

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Tickets for the event are on sale now, priced at £15, and can be purchased via this link:

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