News: Hit the North reveals final weekend line-up


The Horrors have been revealed as the first headliner for Hit the North Festival 2018. The festival, which takes place across various venues in Newcastle Upon Tyne, will be celebrating its second year after a hugely successful 2017.

Returning in 2017 with the astonishing V, their fifth studio album, The Horrors are stronger than ever and primed to take on Hit the North. Met with critical acclaim, V received 5 out of 5-star reviews from The Guardian who praised The Horrors for creating a piece of unique counter-culture whilst retaining a commercially viable sound. The album is a culmination of The Horrors multitude of influences, from shoegaze to industrial 80’s synth callings; the fifth offering from the band has cemented them as headliners for a new generation. 

As well as new material, The Horrors bring with them hits such as ‘Still Life’ and ‘Sea Within A Sea’ from the head of the hype that surrounded them in the early 2000’s. Always guaranteed to inject a level of weird into proceedings, The Horrors dark silhouettes can be found delivering daggers of fragmented sound late night at Hit The North this year.

Also topping the bill are alternative rockers Marmozets, who return to the North East after a stellar show at Riverside, Newcastle in early 2018. Marmozets have seen some rough times, but they’ve battled against the hardships as a family to come out on the other side one of the UK alternative scene’s brightest hopes.

After signing to Roadrunner Records in October 2013, the band (Rebecca ‘Becca’ Macintyre (vocals), Jack Bottomley (guitar), Sam Macintyre (guitar/vocals) Will Bottomley (bass/vocals) and Josh Macintyre (drums)) went onto release their debut album The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets in 2014.

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Despite a four year wait for fans, Marmozets’ second album Knowing What You Know Now was released in January 2018. The return has been praised as a progression in style for the band.  Embracing a new side in ‘euphoric pop and dance breakdowns’ whilst maintaining their rock sound. The album is celebrated as being a huge step forward in the career of a band who almost didn’t make it to their second album.

Bedford born Tom Grennan makes his triumphant return to Hit The North Festival after an extremely successful year which sees him rise even further up the bill.

Another huge name finding themselves on top in Hit the North’s first wave of announcements are the enigmatic British Sea Power. The Brighton-based sextet originally hails from Kendal in Cumbria and are renowned for their conceptual output which brings together elements of art-rock and post-rock experimentalism.

Priding itself on showcasing the next big things in music, Hit The North’s 2018 line-up boasts a multitude of new and emerging acts including BBC Introducing Ones To Watch, Pale Waves. 

Another keen-eyed booking on the part of Hit the North Festival are firm favourites from last year, The Magic Gang. Joining them on their second round at HTN are local indie-rock heavyweights The Pale White.

There’s plenty of fresh faces joining the ranks with a diverse mix of genres and backgrounds making up 2018’s first wave of acts. Charming storyteller Will Heard brings his unique blend of Blues, Folk, Funk and Soul; Anteros provide bittersweet dream-pop; Bath indie-rockers Blaenavon cause a stir with favourites from 2017’s debut That’s Your Lot; and rising hip-hop multi-instrumentalist, Dylan Cartilidge, brings smooth baselines, quick-fire lyrics, and old-school hip-hop beats.

Never one to forget it’s roots, Hit The North Festival continues its local talent celebration in 2018 with sets from Detroit Social Club who recently made a welcome return after six years of silence. Also flying the North East flag shoegazers Dose, cosmic R&B champions The Old Pink House and recent Primary Talent signing Avalanche Party.

Individual tickets for Hit the North (Sunday 6th May) are available for £35.00. Please note that unlike 2017, an individual ticket for Hit the North (Sunday 6th May) does not grant customers entry to Meet The North Festival (Saturday 5th May). Tickets must be purchased separately or together as part of a festival bundle.

Eager festival goers wishing to attend all events across the weekend of Hit The North can avail of a ‘Full Weekend Tickets’ for the festival which grant access to HTN opening-parties (Friday 4th May) with Drenge, Circa Waves and Jungle, Meet the North (Saturday 5th May) headlined by Peace, as well as Sunday’s main event. Hit the North Weekend Tickets can be purchased for £59.00.

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