With Newcastle’s premier festival Hit the North right round the corner (4-6th May), we thought we’d take some time out to chat to the Brewdog Stage headliners, Deep.Sleep. Hailing from Newcastle, the band have been growing at a rapid pace, notching up dates galore including a killer set at Kendal Calling last year. Here’s what the guys had to say about the festival, 2018 and beyond!
You’ve just finished a run of headline dates in March – how was it being on the road?
Absolutely amazing – it’s hard to describe the feeling of going from city to city on a run of dates playing songs to a brand-new audience and seeing people really engage with our music. Having people buying merch and talking to us at the end of the show saying they enjoyed our set feels unreal as it’s such a buzz. Catching new bands that we haven’t seen before is mint as well, seeing them play, hearing their music and chatting to them is one of the really fun parts of touring, as well as spending time in each city and walking round.
And to top it off, you’ve just been announced to headline Brewdog Bar at this year’s Hit the North – how excited are you for that?
We can’t wait! The festival is in it’s second year now, so to be asked to headline one of the stages is incredible – there’s such a good music scene in Newcastle at the moment that it still feels weird to have been asked to play, but it’s also good to see some of the graft is paying off. There’s so any good bands playing this year too, so we’re looking forward to both playing and also catching the other artists.
Hit the North is a great festival – what are you looking forward to the most?
Seeing all the other bands on the line-up. We always like playing our set, but it’s not every day you get to see so many amazing bands in Newcastle all at once so we’re definitely looking forward to that.
The North East is on fire at the moment and you’re also playing Evo Emerging, do you feel something specials happening right now in your patch?
Yeah – it feels like the North East scene has been simmering away for a while but is ready to make some real noise and have the spotlight on it. There’s a lot of class bands doing really well at the moment, so hopefully the area will get some more recognition for its music.
What else have you got planned for the Summer this year?
We’re playing Solfest 2018 alongside the likes of The Fratellis and Will Varley, so that’ll be amazing. We’ve been announced for Hook and Gun Festival in Wakefield too and have some other festivals in the pipeline as well as playing a few gigs like Manchester on 8th June at Gulliver’s.
Who are your three bands to watch at Hit the North 2018?
The headliners are obvious, so in terms of other favourites we’d have to say Judas; they’re lovely guys and are one of the best live bands around at the moment – we’re actually playing alongside them on 7th May at Independent, Sunderland too, so definitely them.
We played a private gig with Polo back in January at The Cluny and they’re incredible – ones to catch without fail!
Our third choice would have to be Avalanche Party as they’re guaranteed to be unforgettable, so anyone catching them is in for a treat.
Can we expect any more new music in 2018 from Deep.Sleep?
Definitely. Everything has moved so quickly in the last year what with playing Kendal Calling 2017 and Tramlines 2017, plus going on tour has meant that we’ve been juggling live performances with writing new material and also recording existing material. We’ve got plans though, so keep an eye out for announcements on the usual social media.
Hit the North Festival takes place from 4th-6th May. You can catch some of our one’s to watch right here.
Tickets are available here and you can see Deep.Sleep perform on the Brewdog Stage at 7:15 on Sunda