Hardwick Live ready to rock…

May 31, 2018

Music stars spanning four decades of indie and pop are heading to County Durham this summer as the region’s most exciting music festival returns

Hardwick Live is back on Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19, bringing two full days of sizzling live music to Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield.

Kaiser Chiefs and Happy Mondays will lead a star-studded line-up at this year’s event, which will also feature dozens of bands, leading DJs, celebrity chef dining experiences and entertainment for all the family.

John Adamson, owner of Ramside Estates which runs Hardwick Live, says: “Following the success of last year’s event, we wanted to come back with something bigger and better this year, so we decided to go for two full days of music and entertainment.

“We have signed some of the biggest bands the UK has produced over the last 40 years, and it all points to what we believe is going to be a fantastic two days.”

The multi award-winning Kaiser Chiefs, who have notched up a string of hits including Ruby, Every Day I Love You Less and Less and I Predict a Riot, will headline Saturday’s show.

Joining them on the day will be Vintage Trouble, Ash, Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, and Lucy Spraggan along with local artists including Dansi and Beth Macari.

On Sunday, the heady days of the ‘Madchester’ scene and The Hacienda will be relived as Happy Mondays lead another solid line up.

They will be joined by Shed Seven, Echo & The Bunnymen, Feeder, Public Image Ltd, Heather Small and Melanie C.

Sunday will also feature a packed programme of support acts, with The Cuban Brothers, New York Brass Band, Smoove & Turrell and Detroit Social Club among the supporting artists.

Along with the main stage artists, some of the world’s leading DJs are set to mix up a storm throughout the weekend.

Brandon Block is back for a second successive year, and he will be joined on Saturday by Danny Rampling and Alex P.

And there is plenty more on Sunday, as Graeme Park and Greg Wilson lead a packed programme of 10 DJs who will take it in turns to spin tunes.

“Each year we build on the success of the one before, and I think the team has secured a line up which can’t be beaten this year,” added John.

“The result will be a fantastic two-day festival which has something for everyone, no matter their age or musical taste and I believe this will really put Hardwick Live on the map as one of best music festivals in the country.”

Tickets for each day start from £49 for adults, £16 for 12-16-year-olds and £8 for three to 11-year-olds, and weekend tickets are also available.

Parking will be available at the event, and shuttle coaches will also run to and from Hardwick Hall from different venues across the region.

Hardwick Live
For the latest information and to purchase tickets, visit the website: www.hardwicklive.co.uk.

Photographer: Danny North

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