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The historic Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield plays host to one of the region’s favourite festivals once again on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August, bringing some of Britain’s biggest names to the North East.

Headline acts include Welsh rock legends Manic Street Preachers and Manchester’s indie rock stars James, who play the Saturday and Sunday respectively. As if that wasn’t already worth the ticket price, there are further sets from old school indie band The Zutons, disco stars Sister Sledge, reggae musician Ziggy Marley, post-punkers A Certain Ratio and revered folk artist Billy Bragg, with local talent The Lake Poets, FEVA and Cattle & Cane also seeing some big stage action. The Discovery stage provides attendees with the opportunity to seek out new sounds, featuring the likes of Irish country star Catherine McGrath, electrifying alt. songwriter Zuzu, indie rockers BLOXX and Only The Poets among many more. Plus, dance the night away with Horse Meat Disco, Glitterbox and Brandon Block providing banging tunes.

For those seeking some fresh meat to sink their teeth into, the BBC Introducing stage is jam packed with local talent. Indie fans might be interested in The Yada Yada Yadas, Hartlepool’s finest Plaza or the glittery Llovers; plus there’s stellar folk from Durham’s Harri Endersby; progressive sounds courtesy of George Boomsma; edgy alt. rock from Swears; alt. pop from Cherry Head, Cherry Heart; Nel Unlit bring their operatic folk to proceedings; there’s ‘barely rap’ courtesy of Faithful Johannes and soulful vocal looping from Eve Conway.

In addition to bringing brilliant music to County Durham, this year’s event will once again donate proceeds to two charities: the Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust, established to help families through such difficult times, and the Angel Trust, dedicated to promoting good citizenship and community enhancement.

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