With an exciting and varied line-up, many of whom are some of the top tips for the future of British music, what better way to kick off the Hit The North weekend than with one of the biggest names of the recent past!?
The Futureheads last released a record in 2012 and officially disbanded in 2015. But with a new album being finalised, the post-punk former chart-toppers are ready to, once again, hit the heights that they scaled in the early part of this century.
First meeting at Sunderland City College, the band signed to 679 Recordings and released their debut self-titled 2004 record, which catapulted the local lads into the limelight. In no small thanks due to a brilliant cover of the Kate Bush track, ‘Hounds Of Love’, which made Number 8 in the UK Singles chart and was named as NME Single of the Year.
Follow-up ‘News And Tributes’ in 2006 didn’t quite live up to their label’s expectations and the band were dropped before releasing 2008’s ‘This Is Not The World’ and 2010’s ‘The Chaos’. All before calling it a day with ‘Rant’ in 2012, on their own Nul Records label.
In the meantime, guitarist Ross Millard has played in the much-loved Frankie & The Heartstrings, whilst singer Barry Hyde struggled with mental health issues and released his critically acclaimed solo album ‘Malody’ in 2016.
Incidentally, the band’s original drummer Peter Brewis went on to form Field Music, so The Futureheads are a band ingrained in the local music scene making them an ideal choice to kick off the festivities. Support for the sold-out gig will come from Norway’s fun-filled Pom Poko.
They play a sold-out gig at Newcastle’s Riverside on the 3rd of May.