Thursday, August 11 2022

Dance music PIONEERS and some of the genre’s freshest faces will take the lead at one of the Northeast’s biggest festivals next month.

The Hardwick Festival is set to return to the Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham, August 21-22, with five musical stages to keep fans entertained throughout the weekend.

And while Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Rag’n’Bone Man and Maximo Park take to the main stage, the Treehouse Arena will host some of the most famous names in dance and electronic music throughout the event of two. days.

Music fans heading to the festival on Saturday can enjoy a Monki ensemble, which has entertained large audiences at events across the UK and beyond and is also known for its popular BBC Radio slot machine 1 where she presents the music of rising stars.

Jess Bays, creator of the best-selling club brand Superstore and named ‘One to Watch’ by DJ Mag, performs regularly with huge talents like Annie Mac, MK, Hannah Wants and Sam Divine.

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Linden C, who has been making music for over three decades and has been a resident of some of London’s top clubs, along with popular DJs and producers Steve Butler and Michael Johnson are also on the decks.

Sunday’s headliner is Graeme Park, who lived for nine years at famous club The Hacienda, was one of the first British DJs to perform in Australia, South America, Asia and the United States. and recently launched its own Long Live House club nights.

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He will be joined by Greg Wilson, who started his career early in the electro scene in Manchester and achieved international success with his Credit to the Edit compilation.

And Sunday festival-goers will also see Norman Jay MBE, a founding member of pirate radio station Kiss FM, which has eight albums to his name, as well as Northeast DJs Simon Gibb and Tony and Mark Hutchinson.

Razorlight, Imelda May, Embrace and Rebecca Ferguson also performed on the main stage throughout the weekend, with Glitterbox returning to the yard and other performers taking to Soul Tent and the stage of introduction.

John Adamson, owner of the Hardwick Hall hotel, is confident that the Treehouse Arena will be a success.

“We pride ourselves on showcasing a wide range of genres and our DJ lineups are always a popular part of the event,” he said.

“We have a fantastic roster this year, with decades of experience at their best, and I’m sure they’ll put on an incredible show for our dance music fans.

“We are delighted to host summer events again and there is a full venue-wide entertainment program for all ages this year.”

Tickets for this year’s Hardwick Festival are currently on sale at £ 55 for one day or £ 99 for both days plus booking fees. Discount tickets are available for children and 13-17 year olds.

Camping and glamping options are available for those who wish to immerse themselves in the festival experience.

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