Thinking of going to Hit the North? Firstly, good choice. Secondly, you’re probably already crying over the stage splits and they haven’t even been up a week. Here’s two run downs of who to see and how to get the best of the bands around.
- The first option is the left hand column. A start with The Pale White at the O2 Academy is sure to set you in good steads for the rest of the night and sweaty for sure. Not to mention with the rate they’re growing it might be one of the last chances you get to catch them in a venue that size. A quick jog to Town Wall for The Night Cafe will prove fruitful, offering some of Manchester’s finest rising talent. After that it’s back to the O2 for Lisbon, another band of local lads equally as energetic and fun as the last, especially with their newest single ‘Tyler’. Downstairs to the O2’s main room next for DMA’s, this is your chance for a little light relief and a bit of a sing along with your mates to ‘Step Up The Morphine’. Once you’ve got your breath back it’ll be time to head back upstairs for The Magic Gang; I’d recommend getting there early for this one as it’s sure to be packed. With EP 3 recently dropping you’ll be sure to hear a mixture of their older hits and newer ones alike before Fickle Friends close the room. After nearly three hours inside, get out for a bit of air then head over to Digi to catch your final act of the night, Honeyblood.
- Option one looking a little too indie pop? Don’t worry. Kick off over at Think Tank with local band, No Teeth, as a bit of an appetizer. Next head two doors down to Digi for Plaza, a bit more relaxed than No Teeth but every bit as fun. Break time! Have a quick one downstairs in Dog and Parrot before you head upstairs to Jumpin Jacks for Geowulf. Sway about and enjoy the calm before the storm with this Australian duo. Nothing but Thieves at Boiler Shop are not to be missed but like The Magic Gang it’s going to be packed. It’s likely they’ll be playing a new song or two so this is a must see for a lot of fans! If you’re not too tired it’ll be just about time for a sprint down to Riverside for Vant, one of the biggest bands to be coming out the region at the moment. End the night where you started and head back to Think Tank for the second half of High Tyde and a full hour set of Jaws, no doubt heavily featuring their amazing second album, Simplicity.
Hopefully this has given you a couple of ideas how to make the most of your night at Hit the North, if you want to go then grab a ticket here but they’re nearly gone so don’t hang around.