Hit The North

Words by Jordan Scott

Tickets for new inner city festival ‘Hit The North’ to go on sale next week.

Hit The North is a new festival coming to Newcastle in April which will take place at various venues around the city. The festival has announced some big acts so far, and here’s who you should look out for:


After releasing one of the best albums of last year, DMAS’s have had no trouble selling out venues all over the UK and drawing big crowds at festivals last summer. The Australian band will bring their massive choruses, incredible sound and 90’s look to Newcastle in what I think will be the highlight of the weekend.


Clean Cut Kid

Clean Cut Kid impressed crowds opening for The Courteeners in November, with their infectious songs and hugely energetic performances. The band have been released tracks such as We Used To Be In Love, Vitamin C and Pick Me Up which have been gaining major attention, all of which sound amazing live. I saw Clean Cut Kid perform in Newcastle last November, and halfway through the set frontman Mike Halls said to the crowd “You’re probably thinking, who the f*ck are Clean Cut Kid” something I doubt people will be thinking for much longer. This band are not to be missed at Hit the North.



Punk duo Slaves have been on the rise since the release of their debut album Are You Satisfied? In 2015 (Which got them a nomination for the Mercury Music prize) and will be headlining Hit The North. The band released their second album Take Control last year, with massive songs such as Spit It Out, Consume Or Be Consumed, Lies & Hypnotised which will blow away Geordie crowds in April.


The Pale White

Newcastle’s own The Pale White will be performing at the festival and should be one of the best acts up and coming acts you’ll see. The North-East rock band have played all over the region and have built a reputation for having an amazing live show. The Pale White have released songs such as Second Place, That Dress, and most recently Reaction and they look like a band set for very big things.


Nothing But Thieves

Essex natives Nothing but Thieves will be bringing their indie rock/pop sound to Newcastle for the festival and will be one of the biggest draws of the weekend. The band played all over the UK last year and have built up a big following, and their self-titled debut album peaked at No. 3 on iTunes, and they shouldn’t disappoint at Hit The North.


Here’s the rest of the line up so far:

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The festival takes place on the 28th of April, with more line up announcements set to be made in February. Tickets go on sale 30/01/16.

Written by Jordan Scott, you can follow Jordan on twitter here

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