Hit The North

Newcastle City Centre - 5th May 2019

Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan, SHAME, 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 with well over 100 acts on the bill.

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,’

Shame are another stellar name on the Hit The North 2019 bill. The band are a frenetic force in the indie world. Their debut album ‘Songs of Praise’, released last year was a triumph with many of the UK’s best loves music news outlets and fans alike. They are an unmissable act who aren’t afraid to rock the boat.

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.

Just a small sample of acts from Newcastle performing at the festival include FEVA, Jamie Lee Harrison, Swine Tax and A Festival, A Parade. Meanwhile Sunderland is represented by acts including The Lake Poets and Roxy Girls along with Teessiders such as Dylan Cartlidge and PLAZA.

Just a few more 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, LUCIA, ALLIGATOR, Walt Disco and more.

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