Meet the North Festival 2018: My Top 3 Performances
Hit the North 2018 was billed to be a fantastic festival, with acts from far and wide gracing various stages across Newcastle, and it didn’t disappoint.
The 3 day extravaganza was a success from start to finish.
Sunday kicked off in style with North Shields' very own man of the moment Sam Fender taking time out of his busy tour to perform a surprise set at Think Tank.
The opening act of the day delivered a fantastic set to a packed out venue with people hanging on his every word. Kicking off his set with single 'Millennial', Sam blitzed through a set that seemed to end far more quickly than it should have. Reeling off hit after hit, as well as throwing in some new tracks for good measure, Sam was on fine form. 'Play God' was a particular favourite of the crowd and his interactions in between songs were also a highlight.
Hit the North’s decision to keep Sam’s appearance under wraps was a brilliant move and the perfect way to kick off the final day of the festival.
Next up at Riverside were the North East band of the moment Avalanche Party.
Fresh from playing Liverpool Sound City and Live at Leeds the day before, the band showed no signs of slowing down. Opening their set with hit single 'I’m so Wet', the band wasted no time in getting the crowd going. Jordan Bell has somewhat of a reputation for his onstage persona and he showed at Hit the North why he is the epitome of the perfect front man; his interaction with the crowd was a highlight of the set. Another stand out moment was new track ‘Heaven’s Creatures’. The track showcases the band at their very best; their passion is evident and their energy is off the scale. Current single 'Porcelain' and 'Solid Gold' followed in quick succession with the crowd soaking up every word.
Avalanche Party have set the bar incredibly high for any band to follow as they always deliver a killer show. We chose Avalanche Party as one of our must see artists for this festival and the band showed exactly why they were our number one choice.
Another of our acts to check out at the festival were Leeds native’s Forever Cult over at The Town Wall. The band had to draft in a standby drummer for their set, but it didn’t show as the band didn’t falter once and despite only one rehearsal before the festival anyone would have been hard pressed to figure out anything was amiss.
Their set was a delightful mix of their most well-known tracks, and playing to a fairly small crowd didn’t deter them from giving a 110%. The band has a very contagious energy which was showcased throughout, so the half hour set seemed to fly by in an instant with the crowd seemingly not wanting the set to finish, with a call from one of the more vocal festival goers for more songs to be added to the set.
All in all, this year's Hit the North and Meet the North festivals were a clear success, bring on next year!
All photography by Claire Jayne Allport