This weekend saw the North East's biggest annual event for emerging music take place across 9 venues in Newcastle's picturesque Ouseburn Valley. The brain child of Generator – the UK's leading music development agency, Evolution Emerging, now in its sixth year, has exposed numerous artists from across the North East and beyond. The likes of Lanterns on The Lake, Mausi, Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny and Lulu James just some of the many names having put their stamp on the festival in the past.

With Generator's trusted reputation for showcasing the next big thing and their progressively national approach to bookings; 40 of the very best up-and-coming acts were presented to over 1,000 of the region's most appetent music fans at the bargain price of £3. And with the North East consistently churning out lofty new acts, the opportunity Evo provides for them to showcase on home turf is undoubtedly intrinsic to an enduring and thriving music scene in this part of the country.

We kicked things off with local boys Crooked Hands in the affectionate surroundings of The Cluny. In a uniform of Hawaiian shirts they boasted strong song writing amidst agilely plucked guitars and braided harmonies. The gravelly character lead singer Chris Brown brought to the vocal, built from a faint whisper to a heartbreaking angst-ridden full on chorus at the drop of a hat, with rasping guitars and crushing percussion further punctuating their densely textured odes.

Screaming Maldini and their ambitious brand of energetic pop was next on our agenda. With six members and a variegated orchestral sound, they're both visually and audibly chaotic. With every track offering something different, it's swiftly apparent that they're quite the pioneers when it comes to their song craft. Piercing brass amalgamated with five-part harmonies and impish guitars whilst fronted by a fiercely enthralling leading lady, Gina. Saving their most infectious track until last; 'Summer Somewhere', which has had the remix treatment from the IT Crowd's Matt Berry, they proved they know how to pen a raucous ear wormer when they need to.

Newcastle twins Graeme and Daniel Ross, better known as Gallery Circus' set proved to be one of the most cramped of the day. Having previously relocated to Chicago to write new material they have returned with a full-on galling blues-rock sound that is like a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart. With ear shrilling riffs that have a certain air of The White Stripes about them and screeching imposing beats, they treated The Cluny to a full throttle performance that is gagging for a bigger stage and audience.

The smouldering and vigorous also proved to be a real highlight. Joined by two other touring members, Leo and Ben had the room awestruck throughout with their beaming melancholy and uncomplicated yet affecting tracks. Taking turns on lead vocals they tastefully layered acoustic and electric guitar with dexterous drums and oozed sincerity. Stripped back at times and buoyant in others, there's a real candour in their performance which is both thrilling and charming.

Blessa, hot off the back of a winning performance at The Great Escape, once again proved why they're one of the most talked about bands coming out of the North at the moment. Exuding all that certain glowing shoegazey loveliness with sparkling guitars and brooding vocals, they took us on a journey to a much more clement place. With ripples of sound and strong clenching vocals riding on a wave of reverb, there's something quite hypnotic about them. There's also an underlying sense that they're holding back ever so slightly which leaves you wanting more and strangely more enamoured.

Bringing an end to proceedings were The Lake Poets, the moniker of multi-instrumentalist Martin Longstaff who sometimes performs as a solo artist and sometimes with a band – tonight we got both. And anyone who has seen this guy perform will know that he takes you on an emotional roller-coaster and tugs on each and every one of your heartstrings. With his very evident pride in hailing from Sunderland, his spirited and gracefully concocted tracks had us gripped from the get-go. Haunting and intimate it served as the perfect way to end a day in celebration of the great North East's emerging musical prowess.