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Image: In Memoriam by Luke Jerram

After teasing audiences with a delightful series of bite-sized Little Waterfronts events earlier in the year, Hartlepool’s celebrated Waterfront Festival finally returns this month, with events taking place at the historic marina on Saturday 28th-Sunday 29th August.

The flagship event is a much-loved staple of the region’s events calendar, bringing together communities in a celebration of music and the creative arts. Tickets will be ‘pay what you decide’ and the theme this year is based around ‘Rebirth’, with a wide range of entertainment both in person and online.

Key highlights of the programme include a performance from everyone’s favourite Mackem rockers The Futureheads, who will perform at the Moon Stage on the Waterfront on Sunday 29th. They’ll be joined by a veritable ‘who’s who’ of North East emerging talent including Jodie Nicholson, bigfatbig, Kay Greyson, Picnic, Amelia Coburn, Michael Gallagher and Mt. Misery. There’s more music the day before as Transatlantic Ensemble perform Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours in full.

In addition, there will be a unique opportunity to view internationally-renowned artist Luke Jerram’s moving artwork In Memoriam on Seaton Carew beach (from Friday 20th-Monday 30th August), an installation which features 120 flags made from NHS bed sheets arranged in the form of a medical logo, intended as a tribute to NHS staff who risked and lost their lives during the pandemic.

With much more taking place across the weekend, check out their website for more details.

Hartlepool Waterfront Festival takes place on Saturday 28th-Sunday 29th August

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