Line up announced for Meet the North festival
Written by Scott McGerty on 19th February 2018
Peace have confirmed a return to the North East ahead of their album release, topping the Main Stage bill of 2018’s Meet The North on Saturday 5th May.
The festival, which takes place across various venues in Newcastle Upon Tyne, will be celebrating its second year after a hugely successful 2017.
Taking place on the same weekend as big-sister event Hit the North (6th May), the festival sees the North East’s largest gathering of unsigned and emerging acts with the aim of showcasing some of the best talent from the North of the UK and Ireland.
Peace’s announcement comes after the release of their sterling comeback track ‘From Under Liquid Glass’ in December and brand new single ‘Power’.
Released 9th February, ‘Power’ stands as a declaration of Peace 2.0: new label, new music and a newly energised statement of intent from the band.
Meet The North 2018 takes place across nine-venues in the heart of Newcastle Upon Tyne with a capacity of 1,500 festival goers descending upon the city on 5th May.
Festival organiser Steve Davis has celebrated the return of the emerging music festival.: “We can’t wait to welcome Peace back to Newcastle for Meet the North.
“Their success goes to show how new bands can become stars with great tunes, hard work and originality. 2018’s line-up is bigger and better, once again showing that no-one should be overlooking the North when it comes to new music”.
Joining Peace on the line-up are a band who embody the fresh and vibrant ethos of Meet the North: The Academic.
The Irish group shot to viral fame in June 2017 with their innovative live-looper video for track ‘Bear Claw’.
The video, which was performed live on a Facebook video stream, was the first of it’s kind, utilising the delay in the stream to create a musical loop.
The North East is no stranger to the feral fever of Blackpool trio Strange Bones as they return once more to tear up the Meet the North stage.
Their distorted mesh of sound has travelled through many of our venues already and return with the rampant political agenda of disenfranchised modern youth.
2017’s Meet the North brought with it a spotlight that shone a much-needed light on local talent and 2018 is no different. Across nine venues a wealth of North East artist spotting can be done.
The festival provides a homecoming for rising star Brooke Bentham, although she now calls London home, the ‘Heavy and Ephemeral’ singer originally hails from South Shields.
Impressing from an early age, Brooke’s vocal and writing style have matured like a fine wine, moving from sentimental acoustics in 2016’s ‘Oliver’ to elevating power-pop ballads on debut EP ‘This Rapture’ (2017).
Previous Hit The North 2017 stars hop the fence to join in on the fun of Meet The North 2018, while others prove that the event is far more than just a ‘guitar-band’ festival.
Middlesbrough’s Llovers bring their pop vibe, while James Leonard Hewitson, No Teeth and Tom Joshua join the bill.
Meanwhile, spit some bars with the retro-inspired talent that is Kay Grayson alongside some of the brightest hip-hop, electronic and grime stars: Ceiling Demons, JSmirk, Crime Wave and Listaa.
Heading further North, some of Scotlands premier acts make the trip to Newcastle for Meet the North 2018. West Scotland four-piece, The Van T’s, were formed in around 2013 by twins Hannah and Chloe.
Tickets go on-sale Friday 16th February at 10 am. Priced at £12.50 per ticket, all tickets plans for Hit the North or Meet the North are available here.