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After bringing festival season right to the heart of Newcastle last summer, Hit The North festival is back again this year. On Saturday 5th May the day-long festival brings the best up and coming acts from the UK and beyond to your favourite inner-city venues like the O2 Academy, Riverside, Boiler Shop and Think Tank?. Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan, Shame, and Blaenavon share the headline spotlight, but we want to move that spotlight onto some acts that you may not have heard of that you won’t want to miss.

First, we look towards the band with the longest journey to the Toon, Sydney natives Planet. The Aussie four-piece swim in the same slipstream as fellow countrymen DMA’S, sharing a family connection in brothers Matty (Planet) and Johnny (DMA’S) Took. Their unique college rock sound is well worth catching live.

Moving closer to home, Scottish acts are going to make their presence felt at this year’s HTN. LUCIA and Alligator both bring very different sounds but share that same fierce Scottish grit. Glaswegian ‘council punk’ rockers The Dunts are another absolute must-see act. Tongue-in-cheek, energetic and all about having a good time, The Dunts will no doubt cause havoc at HTN.

Delightfully strange and infectiously catchy, Dutch slow-pop aficionados Pip Blom are another top-class international act that you won’t want to miss. Their Sonic Youth-esque riffs and teenage dream lyrics make for an intoxicating combination that will surely have you mesmerised start to finish.

As well as talent from around the world, HTN will also feature an array of top-notch artists from the North East. Geordie pop-punk quartet Better Days will be leading the charge with zany riffs, high energy antics, and enough mosh-worthy tunes to start a riot! Teesside’s Dylan Cartlidge brings a mellower vibe with this funky fusion of hip-hop, jazz, and just about everything in between. Cartlidge is one of the most exciting acts doing his thing in our region right now, keep your eyes peeled for his awe-inspiring afro, cool shades and slick tunes. Representing Sunderland, songwriter The Lake Poets brings a raw acoustic sound, filled with emotion yet presented with a graceful control. Newcastle native Jamie Lee Harrison is quite simply our answer to Sam Smith; his powerful vocals and moving pop sound makes for a truly uplifting listen. With a voice like his it won’t be long until Harrison makes his presence felt on an international pop scale, we advise catching him in Toon whilst you can!

As well as our picks, Hit The North will feature 100+ other acts that are just waiting to be discovered and added to your playlists. Our best advice when it comes to Hit The North is to go see acts you haven’t heard of – when you get some time in between acts you’ve planned to see, go see one that you didn’t plan for – you might just find your new favourite band.



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