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Returning for its second year, We Are Family Festival will take over Hartlepool Marina on Saturday 10th September with a superb line-up of local talent.

The festival is curated by Hartlepool’s folk rockers The Jar Family, who have hand-picked a line-up that any festival would be proud of. Taking the top spots across the two stages, sponsored by local music development agency Tees Music Alliance and Camerons Brewery, are indie upstarts Little Comets and much-loved folk pop Teessiders Cattle & Cane. The Head of Steam stage also welcomes retro rockers Hyde & Beast, dramatic indie rock from Kingsley Chapman & The Murder, Hartlepool’s post-indie group Plaza, the noisy garage of Avalanche Party, shoegaze from Parastatic and indie pop from Serinette alongside The Jar Family themselves; while Tees Music Alliance’s stage features Bridlington duo Seafret, quirk popsters SLUG, harmony-drenched lushness from Lilliput, lo-fi duo Mouses, songwriter Samantha Durnan, alt. rockers Social Room and the dreamy spiky indie of James Leonard Hewitson.

The Jar Family’s commitment to bringing a superb line-up of local talent to Hartlepool is commendable

Cleaved from the ancient walls of the County Durham town itself, The Jar Family’s commitment to bringing a superb line-up of local talent to Hartlepool is commendable, and their passion for the event and the town’s music scene in general shines through. Dali from the band is justifiably proud of the event. “There really is no crowd like a ‘poolie crowd and they made the festival for us last year. People travelled from all over the country to join us in a celebration of the North East and we couldn’t be prouder. The event was a sell out and the atmosphere was just amazing. I can’t wait to get back on that stage and make this a yearly fixture.”

No strangers to the odd mega-gig themselves, whether it’s playing on a boat speeding up the Tyne for BBC’s Music Day in 2015 to headlining this year’s Stockton Calling, The Jar Family’s live performance is raucous, authentic and huge fun. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch the boys doing what they do best, alongside a host of the region’s brightest acts.

We Are Family Festival takes place at Hartlepool Marina on Saturday 10th September.

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