Hit the North/Meet the North: Top 10 Artists You Have To See

Hit the North/Meet the North: Top 10 Artists You Have To See

Hit the North / Meet the North is once again proving to be one of the best music festivals of the year, with a stellar line up spread around various venues in the heart of Newcastle. With the amount of acts scheduled to perform it can seem a bit of a task to try and narrow down who to see. So, we have decided to put together a list of our top ten must see bands / artists to try and help you out.

10. Dylan Cartlidge (Hit the North)
When: Sunday 6th May
Where: Boiler Shop
Dylan exploded on to the local music scene with debut track ‘Love Spoons’ back in 2017. Since then Dylan has had spots at various festivals including Twisterella Festival 2017. His blend of positive hip hop tunes have caught the eye of Huw Stephen’s (BBC Radio 1) with current track 'Scratch, Sniff' being chosen as Track of the Week.

9. Deep Sleep (Hit the North)
When: Sunday 6th May
Where: Brew Dog
The quartet from Newcastle are definitely ones to watch. With spots at Kendall Calling and Tramlines under their belt as well as support slots for Judas and Mint the band are slowly on their way to becoming a ‘must see’ act. Their debut ‘1994’ has garnered interest from BBC Introducing, Fred Perry and NME.

8. Forever Cult (Hit the North)
When: Sunday 6th May
Where: Town Wall
Currently signed to Leeds based Label Clue Records, Forever Cult are known for producing punk perfection. Kieran Clarke (vocals, guitar), Alex Greaves (bass, vocals), James Douglas Wilkinson (guitar, vocals) and Aaron Snowdon (drums) have built a well deserved reputation on the live circuit.

7. Ceiling Demons (Meet the North)
Saturday 5th May
Having played Tramlines, Evolution Emerging and Stockton Calling and having also supported the likes of Young Fathers and Sleaford Mods, Ceiling Demons are no stranger to the festival stages.  The alternative Hip Hop group have already managed to release a run of EP’s including their experimental EP ‘Belly of the Hopeless’ (released 2016).

6. Jake Houlsby (Hit the North)
When: Sunday 6th May
Where: Cathedral
With over a million plays on Spotify since the release of his debut EP ’Yannina’ in 2015,  Jake has received rave reviews from Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music) and Tom Robinson. Signed to Tipping Point records, 2018 looks set to be a busy year for Jake who is due to release his debut album later in the year.

5. Anteros (Hit the North)
When: Sunday 6th May
Where: Think Tank
Fresh off the back of the release of their second EP ‘Drunk’ which was released last October, Anteros have become masters of the ‘Bitter Dream Pop’ genre.  With influences such as Gwen Stefani and Blondie the band are sure to be atop many a list of bands to catch at this year’s Hit the North.

4. Plaza (Meet the North)
When: Saturday 5th May
Having recently released new single ‘In The Know’ via Clue Records and signing to Coda Music Agency, it’s all go for the lads from Hartlepool.  With a busy summer ahead including a slot at Brighton’s ‘Great Escape Festival’ make sure to catch them while you can.

3. The Pale White (Hit the North)
When: Sunday 6th May
Where: Boiler Shop
With a slot at Glastonbury in 2017, as well as releasing their debut EP that same year, The Pale White are back in their hometown for Hit the North. Having opened the main stage for Hit the North last year, the band have just released their new single ‘Peace of Mind’ and are also set to join We are Scientists on their UK and Ireland tour dates.

2. Pale Waves (Hit the North)
When: Sunday 6th May
Where: Riverside
Heavily backed by The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy, Pale Waves are a must-see at this year’s Hit the North. Currently on the Primary Talent roster, the Manchester based bands are fresh off the back of a tour of the United States. The rest of 2018 will see them play Brighton’s Great Escape Festival, as well as the infamous Benicassim Festival in Spain.

1. Avalanche Party (Hit the North)
When: Sunday 6th May
Where: Riverside
It’s hard to say anything about Avalanche Party that hasn’t already been said before, but one thing is sure; their live shows are nothing short of breath taking.  Having released their single ‘Porcelain’ on blood red vinyl this year as well as embarking on a tour with This Feeling, the band are gearing up for a number of festivals, which includes a slot at Electric Fields, as well as curating their own all day festival at Stockton’s Georgian Theatre in June.  With rave reviews and an ever growing fan base, it’s no surprise the band are our number one recommendation for ‘Hit the North’ 2018.

 

Photography: Claire Jayne Allport

 

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