Last year, a brand new festival led the way in the North East, and once again the curators of This Is Tomorrow festival have concocted one of the lineups of the summer. Showcasing major headliners Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Foals, the festival has the best in big names but what makes the festival so special is the number of brand new artists that are so high up the lineup. In 2018, they gave a huge platform to Sam Fender and Marmozets, and we’ve picked our top five from this year’s bumper lineup that should be breaking out in the next 12 months.

Cold Years – Friday 24th May

Two of the top tracks of 2018, were both called Seasons and both came from bands hailing from Scotland. Artist one, The Snuts are on the TIT lineup, but the band we’re tipping for success this year, is Aberdeen outfit Cold Years. There is a real raw sound that the band have honed in recent times; reminiscent of early Gaslight Anthem, the four-piece fronted by Ross Gordon, are certainly not doing the music scene the easy way. Music like this doesn’t do well any more unfortunately, and every other band tries to emulate this kind of rock – it is therefore pretty amazing that Cold Years have made the splash they have. For six months last year, I was addicted to Seasons and the EP Northern Blue; the band have four years of experience making quality music and they are ready to blow up this year, starting at This Is Tomorrow.

Anteros – Friday 24th May

What can I say about Anteros. The dream pop band have taken the music industry in their stride in the last 12 months and in 2019 (finally) released their incredible debut record. Having already toured with some of the UK’s finest indie bands, Anteros have built their name on the live scene, building their following into a loyal group that are sure to drive their set into one of the finest at This Is Tomorrow 2019. Laura and crew started the year with the release of final record single “Drive On” which signalled a major shift in volume for the London band and they are without doubt one of the most exciting artists on this year’s lineup.

FEVA – Saturday 25th May

It would be wrong to pick a top five from this year’s lineup without including one of Newcastle and there was never any doubt about which one we had to feature. Earlier in the year, we caught FEVA in York supporting The Pale White and they blew us away with their fresh indie rock ‘n’ roll sound. Formed from two former north-east bands, FEVA have burst out of the blocks in the last 12 months with “Makin’ Waves” and “Uneasy” released last year to a great reception. They’ve already kicked off the year in style with “Undone”, a driving, punchy, vocal heavy track with a heavy riff throughout; an incredible track that we can’t wait to see live at this years festival!

Inhaler – Saturday 25th May

Irish bands have been slowly breaking through into the UK scene in the last couple of years. The Academic have been on top form whilst Walking On Cars are one of the top bands on the planet right now. The next artist that should be on your list though are Dublin four-piece Inhaler who broke into the scene last year with single “I Want You”. Inspired by the best 90s britpop artists, Inhaler have a fresh sound, but one that would fit in with the Roses and Oasis like they were an artist of yesteryear. Similar to the sound Catfish are going for, Inhaler have honed a style that is already way beyond their years and the sophomore release, “It Won’t Always Be Like This” is already a favourite of ours in 2019!

Swears – Sunday 26th May

The final band we’ve chosen as “not to be missed” this year is Teesside outfit, Swears. Describing themselves as a band with “screeching guitars, doom-laden beats and reverb drenched vocals”, they are one of the most eclectic artists on the 2019 TIT lineup and will look to upset the indie vibe with their scuzzy, grunge sound. With five singles to their name already, they will be looking to use this festival season so showcase new track “Subliminal” along with their previous releases. This Is Tomorrow could be the platform they need – they’ll stand out, be original and I’m already looking forward to the crowd reaction.

So that’s it! That’s our five artists to watch. There are so many incredible bands on the lineup this year and we can’t wait to see Newcastle on great form. Tickets are available here
https://thisistomorrow.ticketline.co.uk/ at just £125 for the weekend!