Hit The North

Newcastle City Centre - 3rd May 2020

Hit The North 2020 will be headlined by Aussie sensations DMA’S. the best new musical talentS from the North East, the UK and even further afield WILL FEATURE.

The next instalment of Hit The North will continue its tradition of introducing exciting new artists from the North East, the UK and beyond. It is North East’s largest inner-city festival and it will welcome Sydney Indie stars DMA’S as part of its most ambitious line-up to date.

The 2020 event, which brings the festival into its fourth year, takes place across multiple high profile venues in Newcastle City on 3rd May 2020. Rising stars Fickle Friends, The Magic Gang, Rhys Lewis, Ryan McMullan and Working Men’s Club feature high up on the bill.

As with previous instalments – where the likes of Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan, Peace, The Horrors and Ratboy have performed – this year’s Hit The North lineup is brimming with talented bands and artists on the cusp of greatness. 

DMA’S hail from Australia and take a healthy dose of inspiration from 90s Britpop, meaning that in recent years they have become an adopted indie staple in the UK. The Sydney three-piece quickly gained popularity thanks to their debut single ‘Delete’ back in 2014 and their following has grown continuously since.

In addition to two successful albums, ‘Hills End’ and ‘For Now’ DMA’S are well known for their cover of ‘Believe’ by Cher which they recorded for Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’.

In 2020, the band are set to release their third album on 24th April which features the sensational lead single ‘Silver’.

DMA’S have a strong track record of selling out Newcastle shows, including their last outing at Newcastle’s O2 Academy so fans are strongly advised to snap up their Hit The North tickets, with organisers confirming an expected festival sell-out.

Fickle Friends from Brighton are made for Hit the North Festival. Their playful brand of synth-laden pop captures the imagination of anyone who encounters them live. Fickle Friends’ UK autumn 2018 tour completely sold out at all venues including London’s Shepherds Bush. This October they released ‘Amateurs’ their first single taken off their upcoming second album.


The Magic Gang are another notable festival-friendly Brighton band on the lineup. Their eponymous debut album released back in March 2018 was met with praise from the public and British music press. Before playing Hit The North, The Magic Gang are set to support Blossoms on their March 2020 tour alongside The Lathums, who will also play the festival.

This time around, newcomers include singer-songwriters Rhys Lewis, Ryan McMullan and Lauran Hibberd in addition to bands such as Marsicans.

The festival will also maintain its commitment to championing local acts including FEVA, Martha Hill, Picnic, Fever Days and Motel Carnation.

With more artists and festival venues set to be revealed in the coming weeks, Hit the North Festival is poised for its most ambitious and diverse line-up to date.

Tickets for Hit The North are on sale now and more announcements are coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled! To acquaint yourself with some of the acts performing, check out the official Hit The North 2020 playlist below. 


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