News: Hit The North Announces Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan and Blaenavon for 2019


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

Festival season and glorious sunshine might feel like a distant memory. However it’s never too early to start getting excited for when it returns next year!

Fortunately there is now even more reason to. Hit The North, the biggest live music date in the North East’s calendar, will be back for a third year. But that’s not all!

HTN organisers have unveiled a wealth of impressive acts who will be appearing in venues across Newcastle City Centre on 5th May 2019.

Topping the bill as the main headliner is Jake Bugg. The hitmaker behind tunes like ‘Two Fingers’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’ returns to the Toon for a set comprised of older classics and newer cuts.

Bugg currently has four albums to his name. These range from his self titled chart topping debut released in 2012 to ‘Hearts That Strain,’ (2017). The latter was produced by Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys.

Tom Grennan is working his way up the bill after hitting the north last year. The Bedford artist has risen to prominence over the last couple of years thanks to tunes like ‘Royal Highness,’ ‘Something In The Water,’ ‘Sober,’ and ‘I Might.’ The last time he played Newcastle it was for a sold out show at Northumbria Institute.

The Blinders, who also fare well live in the North East, are making an appearance. Their debut album ‘Columbia,’ is jam packed with foot stomping indie and acerbic social commentary.

Meanwhile those looking for a more mellow festival experience are also going to be well catered for.

Blaenavon, who are known for their melody driven indie pop tunes will also be there. The follow up to their brilliant 2017 debut ‘That’s Your Lot’ is also on the way- expect great things from this set!

Catherine McGrath contributes candid songwriting and fresh country pop to the HTN lineup. The Northern Irish songstress has a voice to rival Taylor Swift as seen on her 2018 debut album ‘Talk of this Town.’

Meanwhile Lauren Aquilina further cements her return to music with her place at the festival. Her 2018 comeback single ‘Psycho,’ has been more than worth the two year wait. It will exciting to see what else she gets up to next year.

In the tradition of Hit The North’s former sister event Meet The North, emerging artists from our region and its surrounding areas will be championed.

Dylan Cartlidge is the first major announcement from the burgeoning pool of musical talent in the North East. He makes a welcome return to the festival after showcasing his funk and psych influenced tunes at Boiler Shop last year.

There are of course plenty of other acts representing northern towns and cities. The list includes Liverpool’s The Mysterines, Fuzzy Sun from Stockport, Sheafs from Sheffield andThe Indigo Project from Leeds. 

Early bird tickets for the festival have already sold out. However, you can still get your hands on general admission if you’re quick enough.


It looks like 2019 is going to be the best year for Hit The North yet! Many more acts, venues and special events over the bank holiday are still to be announced. You can get all of the latest HTN news right here on GNE so keep your eyes peeled…


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