MEROL, Sampa the Great, SPRINTS and Bokoesam & The Fam among the first 36 names of the renewed Hit The City festival

8th May 2024 | With a new date in late summer, outdoor and indoor stages, and a vibrant day and night program, free music festival Hit The City is back with a new look and bigger than ever. From Thursday 29 August to Sunday 1 September, you will see both established acts and emerging artists throughout Eindhoven. The first 36 names of this edition have been announced, including: Sampa the Great, MEROL, Bokoesam & The Fam, Idaly, Mula B, Polyphonic, SPRINTS and The Vices.

Hit The City has traditionally always taken place during Dutch Design Week in October. But as of this year, the festival is moving to the end of August. With the same DNA, in which experimentation and innovation are at the core, Effenaar, Friendly Fire and ASML are once again joining forces to broaden and strengthen the program with local and international acts. With a bigger program and new locations, there is a lot to discover about this edition. Starting with the first names of the line-up that will consist of more than 100 live acts. 

See the line-up

New outdoor area: Ketelhuisplein 

On Thursday 29 August, Hit The City kicks off with a big opening act in Effenaar, which will soon be revealed. The next day the festival will take place like before in eleven indoor locations in the city center of Eindhoven. During the weekend, two locations at Strijp-S and two outdoor stages on Ketelhuisplein will be added, where 7,000 extra visitors can enjoy great live acts. The Zambian and poetic hip-hop artist Sampa the Great has the honour of closing the main stage on Saturday. And on Sunday the honors go to The Netherlands’ favorite pop act MEROL.

Vibrant day and night programs 

During the day, you can let loose in the sun while you enjoy the acts of the moment, such as The Vices, Zimmer90, Meltheads, Bumble B. Boy, Somebody’s Child and The Royston Club. In the evening, we will continue the festival with acts from all genres at locations all throughout Eindhoven. Discover the garage punk band SPRINTS, hip-hop acts Bokoesam & The Fam, Mula B, Idaly and milolaathetukken, the R&B of Crystal Murray, indie-folk of BLUAI, or pop of Julia Sabaté, Kirin J. Callinan and Promis3. From the glam rock of Walt Disco, to (post)punk bands Snõõper, Gustaf or Talk Show.

The true night owl can dance the night away at a night hosted by Beats ’n Bass, a concept of NOX. The highlight will be Polyphonic’s 15-piece orchestra, which will play orchestral versions of well-known drum ’n bass hits.

Boost of Brainport

While everyone slowly returns to daily life in late summer, Hit The City invites the residents of the Brainport region – and beyond – to celebrate the city of Eindhoven together. With a recognizable, and accessible free music festival, an important impulse is given to the cultural offerings of the region.

Hit The City 2024 will take place from Thursday 29 August to Sunday 1 September at various indoor and outdoor locations in Eindhoven. Entrance is entirely free. Hit The City has been around for 11 years now and was the place where you could first discover acts such as Loyle Carner, Phoebe Bridgers, Viagra Boys, Fontaines DC, The Haunted Youth, Khruangbin, Joost, S10, Zwangere Guy, Alex G, Baauer, Wolf Alice, Glass Animals, Lander & Adriaan, Hak Baker, DITZ, Nusantara Beat and more.

Hit The City is programmed by Effenaar and Friendly Fire, and is made possible by ASML and Gemeente Eindhoven.

Hit The City 2024
Thursday 29 August – Friday 30 August – Saturday 31 August – Sunday 1 September
Free entrance

The first 36 names:

MEROL / Sampa the Great / Bokoesam & The Fam / Idaly / Mula B / Polyphonic / SPRINTS / The Vices

BLUAI / Brintex Collective / Bumble B. Boy / CaitC / Carsick / CHARLOT / Cherym / Crystal Murray / Debby Friday / Gespuys / Gustaf / Iskander Moon / Julia Sabaté / Kirin J Callinan / Madster / Maryn Charlie / Meltheads / milolaathetlukken / Promis3 / Sky Feliz / Snõõper / Somebody’s Child / Talk Show / Tantron / The Royston Club / ViceByLara / Walt Disco / Zimmer90 + many more to be announced