Hit The North 2019 Reviewed
Hit the North 2019 had a lot of expectation surrounding it, especially considering the line-up it pulled together for 2018…but it didn’t disappoint.
From the moment I arrived at Boiler Shop to collect my credentials I was greeted with a totally different vibe to the festival from last year. This year included the welcomed addition of a press room, which featured free refreshments and workspaces.
I familiarised myself with this before heading across to The O2 Academy to catch The Blinders on the venue’s main stage. Despite a few early sound difficulties the Doncaster natives put on an unforgettable performance featuring tracks such as ‘Gotta Get Thru’, ‘Brave New World’ and ‘l'etat c'est Moi’.
My next destination was over at Brewdog to see a Retro Video Club who were recommended to me by a fellow festival photographer .
The set up at Brewdog was a small but well set out venue which was busy from the moment I walked through the door.
The band had brought a pretty good following, with fellow festival goers singing the their tracks at the top of their lungs.
I then headed back to Boiler Shop to catch Warner Brothers Records’ latest signing: 21 year old singer / songwriter Catherine McGrath .
Performing tracks from her debut album ‘Talk of This Town’ to a fairly intimate audience, which was a rarity for the country star, her voice was pleasantly beautiful. This fact was complimented further by the catchy songs which were in her set list, a definite highlight of the festival so far .
My second from last stop at the festival was to see Luke Marzec at Head Of Steam, however when I arrived the stage was running some 40 minutes behind schedule so I managed to catch Irish duo Le Boom beforehand.
Performing to a small crowd, the band did their best to get the small number of people involved, however this seemed to fall flat.
All of their set seemed to be made up of one long track with nothing sounding fresh or unique and becoming tedious by the time the band were half way through.
Sticking around I managed to catch the first part of Luke’s set and it was well worth waiting for.
His passion and ability to write appealing and memorable songs is something of a welcomed change from the previous act, a performance deserving of a bigger crowd and an even bigger stage.
Last call of the day was to see the always entertaining and ever passionate Avalanche Party.
On to their second festival of the day having already played Sounds from the Other City in Salford, the band were unfortunate enough to suffer a lengthy delay due to the stage running behind by at least 30 minutes .
However, the crowd who stayed to see Avalanche Party left with a sense of satisfaction knowing they had just witnessed a performance worthy of the headliner slot.
Blitzing through favourites such as ‘I’m So Wet’, ‘Million Dollar Man’ and ‘Solid Gold’, their set seemed to go by quicker than any of the previous acts from the day, mainly due to how much the crowd enjoyed their boundless energy and the intimate interaction which front man Jordan Bell is well known for.
Hit the North 2019 was a resounding success with a line up to die for. Gigs North East and Hit The North have given the North East a festival to be proud of!
Cover Image: Avalanche Party
All photography by: Claire Jayne Allport