the horrors
The Horrors are coming to Hit the North in May.
Rebecca Wayman

Hit the North has revealed its 2018 lineup and it's better than ever!

The Horrors, Marmozets, British Sea Power and Tom Grennan are among the artists that have been revealed for Hit The North Festival 2018.

The Horrors have been revealed as the first headliner for Hit The North Festival 2018, and will head to Newcastle on Sunday, May 6. The event, now in its second year, will return once again taking in 15 venues in the city centre.

Returning in 2017 with the astonishing V, their fifth studio album, The Horrors are stronger than ever and primed to take on Hit the North.

The album is a culmination of The Horrors’ multitude of influences, from shoe gaze, to industrial 80s synth - the fifth offering from the band has definitely cemented them as headliners for the next generation.

The Horrors can be found delivering daggers of fragmented sound late night at Hit The North this year.

British Sea Power.

Also topping the bill are alternative rockers, Marzomets, returning to the North East after a huge sell-out show at Riverside, Newcastle in early 2018.

After signing to Roadrunner Records in October 2013, the band including Rebecca Macintyre (vocals), Jack Bottomley (guitar), Sam Macintyre (guitar/vocals), Will Bottomley (bass/vocals) and Josh Macintyre (drums)) went onto release their debut album, The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets in 2014.

Despite a four-year wait for fans, Marmozets’ second album, Knowing What You Know Now was released in January 2018. The return has been praised as a progression in style for the band.

Bedford-born Tom Grennan is also making his return to Hit The North Festival after an extremely successful year which sees him rise even further up the bill.

First gaining attention for his featuring vocal on Chase & Status’ track, When It All Goes Wrong, Tom is now a recording artist in his own right.

Grennan released his debut EP, Something in the Water in 2016, featuring tracks produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence + the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kaiser Chiefs).


The signer-songwriter is due to release his first full-length album in May and has so far teased fans with new material.

Another huge name finding themselves on top in Hit the North’s first wave of announcements are the enigmatic, British Sea Power.

Their 2017 release Let Dancers Inherit The Party shone a beacon of light into an otherwise gloomy year. Celebrated for its abundant escapism and eighties romanticism, their sixth studio album is full of uplifting emotionality and stargazing euphoria.

The record was funded in part by a crowdfunding campaign to enable its release, and was recorded in multiple locations, including Clapham, Lympne Castle, Skye, and the band’s native Brighton.

Meanwhile, Manchester’s indie-pop stars, Pale Waves have taken the UK by storm selling out shows up and down the country, including a sold-out show at Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social Club earlier this year.

The band are due to release their debut EP, All The Things I Never Said this Friday (March 16).

Tom Grennan.

Pale Waves have used their famous friends to hone their sound with The 1975’s Matt Healey heavily involved in their production and the direction of the music video for ‘Television Romance’ released late 2017.

Another booking on the part of Hit the North Festival are firm favourites, The Magic Gang. Joining them on their second round at HTN are local indie-rock heavy weights, The Pale White, who opened up the main stage at 2017’s inaugural event.

Most importantly, Hit the North isn’t one to forget its roots, therefore it is continuing to help local talent with sets from the likes of Detroit Social Club and the North East’s Dose.

Festival promoter, Steve Davis has expressed his excitement for 2018’s festival. He said: “We’re thrilled to release the line up to the public and celebrate our second year of Hit the North.

“We have high hopes for the event and this years line up shows a great progression from 2017.”

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 May 4-6 across 15 Newcastle venues.

It will feature over 120 artists. Individual tickets for Hit the North (Sunday, May 6) are available for £30.

Please note that unlike 2017, an individual ticket for Hit the North (Sunday, May 6) does not grant customers entry to Meet The North Festival (Saturday, May 5).

Tickets must be purchased separately or together as part of a festival bundle.

Festival goers wishing to attend all events across the weekend of Hit The North can purchase ‘Full Weekend Tickets’ for the festival, granting access to HTN’s opening-parties (Friday, May 4) with Drenge, Circa Waves and Jungle.

Meet the North (Saturday, May 5) is to be headlined by Peace, as well as Sunday’s main event.

Hit the North Weekend tickets can be purchased for £50.

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