Hit the North

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.

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.

2021 Lineup

In a determined bit to get the region’s live musical calendar back on track in the wake of Covid-19, the festival, originally set for 4th April, will now also welcome some strong acts to the bill including English indie rock band Sports Team, one of the new essential voices of pop Baby Queen, and London’s R’n’B’ sensation, Greentea Peng. 

Joining the line-up is Newcastle’s rising acoustic singer-songwriting star, Andrew Cushin, fresh from his Noel Gallagher collaboration on the epic indie anthem ‘Where’s My Family Gone.’ Hit the North 2021 will also see another homegrown star feature, Warner Brothers’ super talented L Devine.

Speaking about today’s announcement, SSD Concert’s Steve Davis, said: “We are thrilled to bring Hit The North back after such a terrible year for the music industry. It’s amazing that we can end it on a high with one of the city’s most loved events.  

We are delighted with the line-up, which is our strongest yet, and we look forward to seeing the city’s beloved music venues full once again, after what has been a difficult time for our sector.”

The inner-city showcase, which sees established bands and rising stars perform in iconic venues throughout Newcastle has worked hard to keep the majority of the line-up in place and is hopeful that the event will come back stronger in a few months from now.

As with previous instalments – which have played host to the likes of Metronomy, Jungle, Sam Fender, Shame, Peace, The Horrors, Jake Bugg, Ratboy and Circa Waves – this year’s Hit The North lineup is brimming with talent tipped for major success over the next twelve months and beyond.

Joining the cohort of indie heavyweights, will see The Blinders bring their riotous live show to the festival. Dubbed ‘Britain’s most switched on rock band’, The Blinders play visceral political punk rock that’s also gloriously anthemic.

Meanwhile, Belfast’s Ryan McMullan is poised to showcase his incredible talent at Hit the North 2021. Ryan McMullan’s talent is a rare jewel in the crown of the current popular music scene. With a voice raw with storytelling and filled with rich and varied tones, Ryan’s youth clearly doesn’t deter from his ability to communicate story and emotion. 

Another notable act on the bill this year is Just Mustard. The Irish shoegazers are already loved by their heroes, The Cure, and are making global headlines thanks to their sweeping soundscapes, allowing a much-needed escape from a frenetic world.

Established in 2017, Hit The North is Newcastle’s first and largest inner-city music festival. The annual event sees hundreds of the best up and coming musical acts from across the globe descend upon over 10 well-know Newcastle venues for a unique day-long fest experience.

In previous years, iconic venues like O2 Academy, Riverside and Boiler Shop have played host to the likes of Slaves, Lethal Bizzle, DMA’s, The Hunna, Jake Bugg, Nothing But Thieves, The Horrors, Peace, Drenge, Pale Waves, Jungle, and local star L Divine.

With stage lineups, festival venues and more to be revealed in the coming months, Hit The North Festival is set for its most impressive and diverse event to date.

The event is finished.


Oct 23 2021


All Day


Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK

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