Since its immensely acknowledged debut in 2013, Hardwick Live has gained a respectable reputation as one of the most exciting music festivals hosted in the North East. Located within the picturesque setting of Hardwick Country Park in County Durham, Hardwick Live 2018 is a two-day celebration of music and is in the humble words of festival coordinators: “What North East England is missing!”
The inaugural Hardwick Live Festival saw the likes of Texas, Jools Holland, Ruby Turner, Roland Gift and even Alison Moyet all christen the main stage of Hardwick Live and, keeping with the tradition of many a good festival gone in the past, Hardwick Live has maintained a degree of improvement each year – and 2018 is an example of just that.
Headlining the Saturday night of this summer’s festival is Leeds’ indie-rock band Kaiser Chiefs. On the UK circuit for over 18 years now, the indie veterans are set to become one of the most successful bands to have graced the main stage of Hardwick Live. Earlier in the day Vintage Trouble, Ash, Jake Shears (of American pop-rock group, Scissor Sisters) and an array of local talent will all take stage in what is set to be a highly-anticipated opening day of the 2018 festival.
Only to better the day prior, Sunday welcomes a plethora of legendary UK and world-renowned talent spanning from the heights of the Britpop to the jazz of New York and New Orleans. Headlining the final day of Hardwick Live 2018 are the seminal leaders of the late 80’s and early 90’s alternative dance-rock, Manchester’s fabled Happy Mondays. Shed Seven, Feeder and Liverpool’s post-punk outfit Echo and the Bunnymen are too set to bring their acclaimed sets to the woods of Sedgefield, and the Sunday will also host Heather Small, Melanie C, Johnny Rotten’s Public Image Ltd as well as many more acts on both the main stage and the discovery stage throughout the day.
It’s clear to see the message of unity that Hardwick Live and its passionate team of organisers exude, in a quote from the official website, Hardwick Live coordinators speak of their aspirations for the upcoming festival later this month: “Our aim is to give everyone a fantastic weekend out appealing to the whole family, something for everyone, a melting pot of live music over two stages, children’s area within the woods full of great entertainment, face painting, magic shows, ventriloquist shows, Punch & Judy, pottery making, a comedy stage, vintage fairground attractions also celebrity pop-up kitchens, a huge choice of culinary delights on our food stalls and an extensive range of refreshments from champagne cocktails to hot chocolate on our various bars.”
With over twenty years’ experience in event organisation and a passion for all styles of live music from soul to rock and country to pop, festival developers have set out this year to support local up-and-coming bands all in the aid of promoting the North East music scene: “The main stage arena will have a capacity of up to 9,000 people and our discovery Stage arena has capacity of up to 1,000 people. Other small stages will incorporate DJs, brass bands and pop-up kitchens which will feature celebrity chefs. A host of other attractions will make Hardwick Live a truly memorable event for the North East of England,” said festival coordinators – so be sure to grab a ticket whilst you still can.
Hardwick Live 2018 takes place at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield between Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August. Adult weekend tickets are priced at £89.00 whilst adult day cost just £49.00 per person. Young persons, child and glamping tickets are also available to purchase. Main gates open at 12:00 noon each day. Please note you are not allowed to bring food, drinks or chairs into this event.
For further information about this year’s event, and to purchase tickets, please head to hardwicklive.co.uk now.