Hardwick Live will return to Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield this summer, with an array of musical legends topping the bill.
The event, which has been dubbed ‘The North East’s biggest live music event’, returns to County Durham on Saturday August 19.
Headlining this year’s show are 90s favourites Ocean Colour Scene (with special guest Pete Doherty). They will be joined on the bill by Buzzcocks, Soul II Soul, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Gabrielle and the Brand New Heavies, amongst others.
The event will also include performance by acclaimed tribute act The Bootleg Beatles, to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the Fab Four’s Sgt Pepper album.
Ocean Colour Scene shot to fame in 1996 with the release of the Moseley Shoals album, which spawned a number of hit singles including The Riverboat Song, The Day We Caught the Train and Hundred Mile City.
The Birmingham band got their big break after the album caught the attention of Chris Evans, who championed the album on his BBC Radio 1 show and then used a riff from The Riverboat Song as part of his Channel 4 TV show, TFI Friday.
Libertines founding member Pete Doherty will be returning to his North East roots, after a return to the spotlight following the release of his Hamburg Demonstrations album last year.
New York three-piece Fun Lovin’ Criminals will be bringing their laid-back eclectic mix of soul, funk, hip hop, blues, R&B and jazz to the event. Fronted by the legendary Huey Morgan, the band are perhaps most famous for their 1996 hit Scooby Snacks, taken from the Come Find Yourself album which spent more than a year in the UK album chart.
London singer Gabrielle is a multi-platinum selling artist who boasts two BRIT awards, two Mobos and an Ivor Novello among her accolades.
With early hits including Dreams, Give Me a Little More Time and Walk on By, Gabrielle collaborated with East 17 on the 1996 classic If You Ever, and then enjoyed further success a few years later with hits Rise and Out of Reach, which was used on the soundtrack to Bridget Jones’ Diary.
Also appearing will be British punk legends Buzzcocks who last year celebrated their 40th anniversary and will be heading to Hardwick Live as part of a US and European tour.
Two-time Grammy award-winners Soul II Soul have been stars on the club scene since 1989. Headed by producer/singer/songwriter Jazzie B OBE, the band hit the big time in 1989 with Keep on Moving featuring vocalist Caron Wheeler.
They scored their first number one that same year with Back to Life, which made them a household name the world over and is now regarded as one of the most iconic songs of that era.
Brand New Heavies will return to the region as they enjoy a resurgence of popularity with fans of all ages, thanks to their cool soul and funk sound.
The 90s favourites, whose hits include Dream on Dreamer and Midnight at the Oasis, have had a busy 12 months touring Europe and Japan, and remain in high demand across the world.
As well as big names, Hardwick Live will feature a number of up-and-coming acts from the region and across the UK, along with a number of DJs and comedians.
(Above) The crowds at previous years’ events
John Adamson, owner of Ramside Estates which runs Hardwick Live, believes this year’s line-up is the strongest to date. “It is a pleasure to be able to announce the return of Hardwick Live in 2017, particularly after its sabbatical last year,” he said.
“And of course we’ve also got the amazing show by Madness the night before so this really is going to be a weekend of incredible music at Hardwick.”
Photos: John Runciman & David Hudspeth
Hardwick Live will take place on Saturday August 19 at Hardwick Hall. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 10 March, at 10am, priced at £8 children, £15 for 13-17-year-olds and £49 for adults. Day and weekend tickets are available. For tickets, click here. For more information, click here