Hit The North

Newcastle City Centre - 5th May 2019

Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan, Blaenavon, The Blinders and Catherine McGrath are only some of the acts just announced for Hit The North 2019…

Building on the success of the last two years, the third edition of Hit The North features a whole host of established names and ones to watch with its most varied lineup to date. Taking place on 5th May 2019 and set to utilise multiple venues across Newcastle City Centre, the metropolitan festival is the largest of its kind in the North East.

Jake Bugg has been announced as the 2019 headliner for HTN. With four albums under his belt, Bugg is one of the most prominent British singer songwriters to have emerged in the last decade.

The artist’s self titled debut album spawned hit singles such as ‘Lightning Bolt’, ‘Simple As This’, and ‘Two Fingers’. Additionally, it topped the UK album chart upon release.

His latest record ‘Hearts That Strain’ (2017) was produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys.

Jake Bugg joins the ranks of previous Hit The North headliners such as The Horrors, Peace and Rat Boy.

Returning to Hit The North after a successful stint in 2018 is Bedford sensation Tom Grennan. Grennan has made a major breakthrough over the last couple of years.

This is in part thanks to massive singles including ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For,’ ‘Sober,’ ‘Royal Highness,’ and ‘When It All Goes Wrong,’

Also on the lineup are The Blinders, who are famed for their riotous live sets. Bringing infectious punk rock and sharp social commentary to the table, The Blinders could very well be the UK’s next flagship indie act. Their first album release ‘Columbia’ has been a favourite with critics from outlets such as Clash Magazine and BBC Radio 1.

Catherine McGrath and Lauren Aquilina appear high up on the bill. Both female songwriters effectively bridge the gap between pop and compelling storytelling.

Hit The North 2019 will carry on the tradition of its former sister festival Meet The North by championing the next generation of talent in the North East of England and its surrounding areas.

Leading the charge is Dylan Cartlidge who makes a welcome return to the festival after performing in Boiler Shop last year. He has been making waves lately with his funk and psych rock influenced hip hop songs.

Dylan is already a familiar face to many after appearing on hit television show ‘The Mighty Redcar.’ Having recently released single ‘Wishing Well’ and announcing a UK headline tour, Cartlidge is certainly one to watch.

Other northerners on the bill include Liverpool’s The Mysterines, Fuzzy Sun from Stockport, Sheafs from Sheffield and The Indigo Project from Leeds. Glasgow’s burgeoning music scene will get a look in too thanks to The Dunts and ALLIGATOR.

Stay tuned for further Hit The North 2019 announcements, including venues, further events during the May Bank Holiday Weekend and of course many more acts…

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