Hit/Meet the North Festival looks set to be one of the biggest music events in the North East in 2018.
Year on year, the music scene throughout the North East has continuously been on the move, evolving and growing quickly into one of the most formidable regions in England for new and emerging music. The creative minds that produce such fantastic work don’t know how to stop and only know how to continue developing singles, EPs and albums at a rate like you would never believe. Take a look at any venues around the North East and you can see that there is a constant, relentless volume of gigs on most nights – we’re spoilt for choice most of the time, and that’s no bad thing.
That is exactly what this festival is about – promoting more and more local bands and providing a platform for as many people to see and promote them as possible. The festival takes place across various venues in Newcastle including Riverside, Think Tank?, The Mining Institute, The Town Wall and The Box Social, to name a few. The combination of live music and great venues work hand in hand to promote not just the bands, but the bars they are paying in.
The 2018 event, which takes place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th May, has an impressive list of bands on its line-up.
At the top of the bill, bands include Circa Waves, Jungle, The Horrors and British Sea Power who all bring something a little different to the event and are no strangers to the festival music scene. And it’s an exciting and varied line-up with something for everyone.
This line-up is a clear sign that the festival is going from strength to strength, attracting an array of fantastic bands. And it’s also a great way for the less experienced bands on the bill to take notes from artists that are just breaking through or have been around long enough to know how it all works.
Many of the bands on the bill have played Newcastle in some supporting capacity or have headlined smaller gigs so it is great to see them return, with Blaenavon, Cabbage, Pale Waves, The Magic Gang and The Pale White all back to give Newcastle the show it didn’t even know it needed.
Honourable mentions have to be made for the plethora of bands that are playing this year’s event including North East Dons, Better Days, Future Horizons, Japanese TV Club, Primitive Painters, Plaza, Findlay and Hockey Dad. Apologies that we can’t name all of the bands playing (believe us we really want to) but there are just too many of you beautiful bands paying – we love you all, really, we do.
Festivals like this might not be like Glastonbury or Leeds and Reading but they provide a more intimate opportunity to discover some great bands in a fantastic city. Up and down the country there are thousands of top quality music venues and it just so happens that plenty of them are in Newcastle. In every corner of the city, you will find some kind of venue and most of them are being used for this event. Hit/Meet the North Festival promises to be a huge event for the North East music scene and we hope you can be there for it because we certainly will be.
For the full line-up, and for ticket information and further details, please head over to hitthenorthfestival.co.uk now. And be sure to get down early over the course of the weekend to catch as many artists as possible.