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Hit The North Festival: O2 Academy Newcastle


The Horrors, Marmozets, British Sea Power and Tom Grennan are among the artists unveiled for Hit The North Festival 2018. The event, now in its second year, will return once again taking in 15 venues in the city centre.


As well as new material, The Horrors bring with them hits such as ‘Still Life’ and ‘Sea Within A Sea’ from the head of the hype that surrounded them in the early 2000’s. Always guaranteed to inject a level of weird into proceedings, The Horrors dark silhouettes can be found delivering daggers of fragmented sound late night at Hit The North this year.


Also topping the bill are alternative rockers, Marmozets, who return to the North East after a stellar sell-out show at Riverside, Newcastle in early 2018. Marmozets have seen some rough times, but they’ve battled against the hardships as a family to come out on the other side one of the UK alternative scene’s brightest hopes.


Bedford born Tom Grennan, makes his triumphant return to Hit The North Festival after an extremely successful year which sees him rise even further up the bill. The signer-songwriter is due to release his first full-length album in May this year and has so far teased fans with new material in ‘Sober’ which deals with his relationship with alcohol. With his March tour dates almost completely sold out, Tom Grennan is on a non-stop rocket to the top.


There’s plenty of fresh faces joining the ranks with a diverse mix of genres and backgrounds making up 2018’s first wave of acts. Charming story teller, Will Heard brings his unique blend of blues, folk, funk and soul; Anteros provide bittersweet dream-pop; Bath indie-rockers, Blaenavon cause a stir with favourites from 2017’s debut That’s Your Lot; and rising hip-hop multi-instrumentalist, Dylan Cartlidge, brings smooth baselines, quick fire lyrics, and old-school hip hop beats.


The focus for Hit the North is on new music, whether that’s from established bands with new releases, or from brand new artists just stepping out into the world. This will be the second edition of the festival which runs from 4th - 6th May across 15 Newcastle venues. It will feature over 120 artists.


More info: hitthenorthfestival.co.uk

Tickets: tickets.gigsnortheast.co.uk/order/tickets/13333290

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From £30


Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 4th May - 6th May 2018

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  O2 Academy Newcastle is the citys premier venue, offering the very best live music and entertainment.   A focal point for nightlife in the North East, the venue attracts international artists and cutting edge club nights, where theres somet...


0191 260 2020

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Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

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Individual tickets for Hit the North (Sunday 6th May) are available for £30

Eager festival goers wishing to attend all events across the weekend of Hit The North can avail of a ‘Full Weekend Tickets’ for the festival. Hit the North Weekend Tickets can be purchased for £50.

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