News: Hit the North announce Rat Boy as final headliner


Snotty indie poster boy Rat Boy returns to the Toon in May to headline Sunday at Hit The North Festival…

Parlophone Records favourite Rat Boy joins The Horrors, Marmozets and Tom Grennan as top liners of Hit the North Festival.

Now in its second year, Hit The North takes place across multiple venues in Newcastle City Centre across the weekend of 4th – 6th May.

Jordan Cardy, known by his stage name Rat Boy, hails from Chelmsford, Essex and will be taking over the 02 Academy Newcastle on Sunday, May 6th as the main act of Hit the North.

Rat Boy found fame in 2016 after he won NME Magazine’s Best New Artist award, with his debut album ‘SCUM’ being released in August 2017 to critical acclaim.

He said: “We’re super excited about the new venues and after Rat Boy’s sell out the 02 Academy Newcastle show earlier in the year the opportunity to have him up here once again was too good to miss.

“He represents one of the hottest indie talents this country has right now and we know he’ll deliver something truly memorable.” 

Also joining the line-up for Sunday at Hit The North is Newcastle folk wonder Jake Houlsby who earlier this year secured a huge sync deal with Ford with his track ‘Howl’. Jake will be performing at the newly added Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas, a brand new, and incredibly grand, venue for the festival. 

Inspired by the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Joni Mitchell and described by BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne as “sublime,” Newcastle singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby is becoming a master at weaving haunting soundscapes with voice, synth, and intricate guitar melodies. Jake will be joined at the cathedral by fellow Newcastle rising Star, IMOGEN.



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