Peace have confirmed a return to the North East ahead of their album release, topping the Main Stage bill of 2018’s Meet The North on Saturday 5th May.
The festival, which takes place across various venues in Newcastle, will be celebrating its second year after a hugely successful 2017.
Taking place on the same weekend as big-sister event Hit the North (6th May), the festival sees Newcastle’s largest gathering of unsigned and emerging acts with the aim of showcasing some of the best talent from the North of the UK and Ireland.
Peace’s announcement comes after the release of their sterling comeback track ‘From Under Liquid Glass’ in December and brand new single ‘Power’. Released 9th February, ‘Power’ stands as a declaration of Peace 2.0: new label, new music and a newly energised statement of intent from the band. Full throttle guitars and colourful rhythms breathe life into new Peace material, making the Birmingham band prime property to top the bill of Meet the North.
Joining Peace on the line-up are a band who embody the fresh and vibrant ethos of Meet the North: The Academic. The Irish group shot to viral fame in June 2017 with their innovative live-looper video for track, ‘Bear Claw’. The video, which was performed live on a Facebook video stream, was the first of its kind, utilising the delay in the stream to create a musical loop.
The Academic are a success story which resonates with Meet the North; real artists with new ideas beating a drab system to make it in the industry. ’Bear Claw’ currently stands as having 1,883,549 views on YouTube and has seen the band hit the number one spot in the Irish album charts with debut ‘Tales From The Back Seat’.
The North East is no stranger to the feral fever of Blackpool trio Strange Bones, their distorted mesh of sound has travelled through many of our venues already, returning once more to tear up the Meet the North stage.
The rampant political agenda of Strange Bones screams into the heart of disenfranchised modern youth with Teresa May slamming slogan ‘Big Sister Is Watching You’. Recent release ‘Bling Faith, No Future’ sees melody meet apocalyptic vision, growling guitars and a venom that could only fester in post-Brexit Britain.
2017’s Meet the North brought with it a spotlight that shone a much-needed light on local talent and 2018 is no different. Across nine venues a wealth of North East artist spotting can be done.
The festival provides a homecoming for rising star, Brooke Bentham. Although she now calls London home, the ‘Heavy and Ephemeral’ singer originally hails from South Shields. Impressing from an early age, Brooke’s vocal and writing style have matured like a fine wine, moving from sentimental acoustics in 2016’s ‘Oliver’ to elevating power-pop ballads on debut EP ‘This Rapture’ (2017).
Previous Hit The North 2017 stars hop the fence to join in on the fun of Meet The North 2018. Taking on Newcastle’s ferocious doom-punks, No Teeth bring their undoubtedly savage live show to the proceedings alongside wonky-pop purveyor James Leonard Hewitson and the sugar-coated dream-pop of Middlesbrough’s Llovers.
A new year means new acts, however, and Meet the North has plenty in the bag. From the neo-electronia of space-disco duo Girl Hogg to the bitter lemon noise rock riot’s of Shy-Talk; the North East is providing a staggering wealth of talent to the bill.
Far more than just a ‘guitar-band’ festival, Meet the North’s diverse line-up endeavours to provide a platform for artists of all genres. Find yourself carried away by the relaxing laments of troubadours in the Mining Institute with stunning vocals from Tom Joshua, Ren, Martha Hill and more. Or, spit some bars with the retro-inspired talent that is Kay Grayson alongside some of the brightest hip-hop, electronic and grime stars: Ceiling Demons, Jsmirk, Crime Wave and Listaa.
Further afield, Northern England offers a wealth of new talent from Liverpool’s Trudy and the Romance 50’s inspired mutant pop and huge tracks like ‘Baby, I’m Blue’ and ‘Is There A Place I Can Go?’. Leeds bright sparks Fehm make a welcome return to the region after supporting Public Access TV back in February.
Heading further North, some of Scotlands premier acts make the trip to Newcastle for Meet the North 2018. West Scotland four-piece, The Van T’s, were formed in around 2013 by twins Hannah and Chloe. The girls have already enjoyed widespread praise from blogs and radio including Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde. This acclaim has spread out of the UK with radio plays in France and the US. Joining The Van T’s in flying the Celtic flag are psychedelic garage rockers, Shredd.
Meet The North 2018 takes place across nine-venues in the heart of Newcastle, with a capacity of 1,500 festival-goers descending upon the city on 5th May. We’ve barely scratched the surface of this treasure trove of new music that Meet The North 2018 has to offer. Despite being in its infancy, the festival already feels like a diverse and unmissable institution for music fans in the North East and beyond.
Festival organiser Steve Davis has celebrated the return of the emerging music festival: “We can’t wait to welcome Peace back to Newcastle for Meet the North. Their success goes to show how new bands can become stars with great tunes, hard work and originality. 2018’s line-up is bigger and better, once again showing that no-one should be overlooking the North when it comes to new music”.
Tickets are now on sale and are priced at £12.50 per ticket.
Please note that a Hit The North ticket does not give ticket buyers entry to Meet the North. Festival-goers wanting to attend both events can purchase ‘Weekend Tickets’ priced at £59. Weekend tickets grant entry to Meet the North, Hit The North and HTN opening parties.
All tickets are available from: https://tickets.gigsnortheast.co.uk/hit-the-north.