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Music Editorial

hitthenorth17.jpg 1 city. 3 days. 14 venues. 116 bands.

Hit the North is a major new festival hitting the, eh, north (Newcastle to be precise) and will see established acts rubbing alongside up and comers and local luminaries in a three-day blow-out of frankly epic proportions.

I love these multi-venue, millions of bands, events. They’re like a huge Christmas box of choccies with the Toffee Fingers, Caramel Swirls and The Purple Ones (etc) being replaced by my other favourite flavours: indie, R&B and hip-hop (etc). And Hit the North is promising us a real buffet of beats taking in just about every genre imaginable.

Among the big hitters will be punky rabble-rousers Slaves, grime artist Lethal Bizzle (pictured), Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit, and the hotly tipped Nothing But Thieves and The Hunna.

Among the local talent to look out for are Lisbon (FYI: amazing), SoShe (FYI: amazing) The Pale White (FYI: amazing) and Fletcher Jackson (FYI: amazing).

One of the organisers of the event, Steve Davis of SSD Concerts, fizzed: “Hit the North is Newcastle’s first city centre music event for emerging bands and we plan to put on something the region can be proud of. We’ve seen events like Liverpool Sound City and Live at Leeds flourish and now it’s time for Newcastle to have its very own inner city festival.”

Venues will include everywhere from the O2 Academy to Pink Lane Coffee House, The Boilershop to Digital, and my advice to you would be to grab yourself a handful and make like it’s Christmas.

Hit the North, Thursday 27-Saturday 29 April, Newcastle. seetickets.com/event/hit-the-north/various-newcastle-city-centre/1066836