Particpating acts in 2021 are from Groningen: Jonathan Rhodes, Jadi D, CYNN and Them Dirty Dimes. From Drenthe: christopher404, HiiGo, DANYTHA en T A M A R. And from Friesland: Blondeau, Faske, Timo de Jong and Cloudsurfers. They are chosen out of many enrollments and will start their yearlong programme at ESNS21. Hit the North is a unique collaboration between festivals, media, venues and educative institutions from the north of the Netherlands. Hit the North is established to stimulate professional talent development in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. Northern pop culture is unique, but often artists experience many difficulties that hold them back from really breaking through.