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Hit The North Festival reveals acts for Opening Parties

Hot on the heels of the confirmation that Hit the North Festival will return to Newcastle in 2019, organisers have today announced that both Metronomy and Sundara Karma will perform at the event's official opening party ceremony next May.

Taking place on Friday 3rd May to mark the launch of a full weekend of live music in Newcastle, the region's largest inner-city festival of its kind is delighted to reveal that two of the UK's most revered indie new-wave outfits will be kickstarting proceedings in style.

Led by the enigmatic founder and frontman, Joseph Mount, Metronomy, famed for their high octane live shows and unique blend of indie pop and nu-disco, will perform at Boiler Shop in Newcastle as part of the opening event.

Meanwhile, Reading's indie art rockers Sundara Karma will take to the o2 Academy Newcastle on the same evening in a joint event that is set to provide the perfect introduction to the eagerly anticipated return of the Hit the North.

Organised by the celebrated events company SSD Concerts, the opening parties will also feature a string of soon to be announced special guests and further special live music pop up gatherings throughout the city.

Speaking about today's announcement, SSD Concerts' Steve Davis, said: “The 2019 edition of Hit the North is going to be our biggest and best yet and this latest announcement is just one of the ways we're going to make this a big step on last year's festival.

“We're massive fans of both of these acts and we know they're going to kick the party off in style.

“But we're not done yet. Stay tuned for yet more announcements and more heavyweight acts coming your way.”

Holders of festival wristbands will receive discounted tickets for the festival opening parties.

Hit the North Festival Announces First Wave of Acts

Hit the North Festival Announces First Wave of Acts 

Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan, The Blinders, Catherine McGrath, Blaenavon and Dylan Cartlidge have been confirmed as the first wave of heavyweight acts that are set to perform next year's Hit the North Festival in Newcastle.

Building on the success of the last two years, the North East's largest inner city live music event is back once again in what has been billed by promoters as its most diverse and ambitious lineup to date.

Renowned as being the North East’s premier go-to inner-city festival for all fans of live music, the event will span the early May Bank Holiday 2019, with the main event taking place on Sunday 5thMay. 

As well as major headline artists, Hit the North will showcase a huge range of new acts across all its participating venues: a must for those wishing to check out the stars of tomorrow in one easy sweep. 

Taking place across some of the city's most celebrated music venues and alternative spaces the festival will seeJake Bugg - one of the UK's most prolific and celebrated singer-songwriters of recent times -  make a welcome return to Tyneside on Sunday 5th May, on the back four critically acclaimed albums. 

The artist’s self-titled debut album spawned hit singles such as‘Lightning Bolt’, ‘Simple As This’, and ‘Two Fingers’ and the Nottingham born star has promised to perform all of his greatest hits to date alongside new material from his eagerly anticipated fifth studio album. 

Jake Bugg joins the ranks of previous Hit The North headliners such as The Horrors, Peace and Rat Boy and will perform on the same bill as fellow headliner this year, Tom Grennan. Grennan, a product of Insanity Records is one of the UK's brightest singer-songwriter talents right now. 

After his single ‘Royal Highness’ premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World, Tom rapidly gained a large fan base resulting in two sell-out tours in one year.

Having first found fame as a guest vocalist on Chase & Status’ track When It All Goes Wrong, it’s evident that it’s now his own music that has caught the public’s attention.

The Blinders, famed for their riotous live sets, will also head to the North East as part of this year's festival, bringing with them their own unique blend of infectious punk rock and sharp social commentary. 

Hailed as one of the UK's brightest indie talents right now, their first album release ‘Columbia’ has been lauded by the critics and has received constant airtime and coverage from the likes ofClash Magazine and BBC Radio 1.

Representing the UK's best female talent, Catherine McGrath and Lauren Aquilina will also perform high up on this year's billing, bridging the gap between pop and compelling storytelling. 

Hit The North 2019 will carry on its traditional values by championing the next generation of talent in the North East of England and its surrounding areas. 

Leading this charge is the psych and funk influenced Dylan Cartlidge, who makes a welcome return to the festival after performing in Boiler Shop last year. 

Dylan is already a familiar face to many after appearing on hit television show ‘The Mighty Redcar'and, having recently released his single ‘Wishing Well’ alongside a UK headlining tour, Cartlidge is certainly one to watch. 

Other northerners on the bill include Liverpool’s The Mysterines, Fuzzy Sun from Stockport,Sheafsfrom Sheffield andThe Indigo Projectfrom Leeds. Glasgow’s burgeoning music scene will also be proudly represented thanks toThe Duntsand ALLIGATOR. 

Hit the North's organisers have promised that yet more great acts and details of the full weekend will be announced in the coming weeks and have encouraged music fans in the region to stay tuned for further updates including new venues and one-off special events during the May Bank Holiday Weekend. 

 

Hit The North Dates & Tickets

19:00

Friday

03 May

2019

Boiler Shop, Newcastle

Metronomy - HTN Opening Party

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19:00

Friday

03 May

2019

O2 Academy Newcastle

Sundara Karma - HTN Opening Party

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14:00

Sunday

05 May

2019

Various, Newcastle City Centre

Hit The North 2019

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14:00

Sunday

05 May

2019

Various, Newcastle City Centre

Hit The North 2019- Early Bird

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