Hit The North lineup opinion

Finaly Holden chats the HTN lineup for 2020.

Finlay Holden
27th November 2019
Image: Instagram @hitthenorthfest

The first announcement for Hit The North 2020 just dropped this week, right before ticket sales open up, and already there are some names to get excited about.

Headliner trio DMA’S have already had great success with their 2 LP releases, featuring big tracks such as ‘Step Up The Morphine’. Despite hailing from Australia, they’ve been likened to early-90s Mancunian bands; they even recently supported Liam Gallagher at the Utilita Arena. Their chilled out indie rock vibe has garnered them a large following, and they certainly deserve this headlining spot.

Next up, Fickle Friends are a fairly large name in the indie-pop world. Their tunes ‘Swim’ and ‘Glue’ sum up their electronic-infused pop sound, both from their debut LP that broke into the top 10 in 2018.

The Magic Gang finally return to Newcastle for HTN just after their UK tour in March. With a handful of EPs and a deluxe LP, their discography consists of lively romance-based songs with stunning vocals, bouncy guitar riffs and anthemic lyrics that attract an intense fan base -  not an act to be missed, especially with their sophomore album on the horizon.

It’s a shame Lauran Hibberd is still this far down the lineup - as I’ve already written, her fun guitar-heavy indie set is bound to be full of bangers and she deserves every ounce of attention she is finally starting to receive.

The Lathums’ self-titled EP has already proven their worth and attracted attention on streaming services - with tunes like ‘Artificial Screens’, it’s not hard to see, with luscious, pop riffs layering the powerful vocal performance.

Marsicians have been rising stars on the British music scene for a while, delivering harmony-driven sound throughout the steady stream of singles they have pumped out the last few years.

Smaller name recommendations: 

FEVER DAYS - local student band mixing guitar riffs, wavy vocals and heavy synth effects; ‘I See Through It’.

Image: Instagram @feverdaysarehere

Saint Agnes - twisted pop-punk band with an LP under their belt; ‘Move like a Ghost’.

Image: Instagram @wearesaintagnes

Talkboy - high-energy euphoric alt-indie-rock six-piece; ‘Over & Under’.

Image: Instagram @talkboyyy

The K’s - explosive guitar singles; ‘Sarajevo’.

Image: instagram @theksofficial

Overall, there is a vast array of talent to be seen across the city on Sunday 3rd May which provides excellent value-for-money on your Hit The North ticket price. The acts announced already should give you more than enough content to update your playlists.

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