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Thought festival season had been and gone? Wrong, my friend. It’s just moved indoors! The latest string to Hartlepool’s bow, in a year which has already seen two well received festivals take place (namely We Are Family and Hartlepool Folk Festival), Wintertide is a new multi-venue music festival which takes over the portside town from Friday 27th until Sunday 29th November.

Hoping to involve the whole community, the festival will encompass music, art and film, with events taking place across seven venues in the town including at the atmospheric surrounds of St Hilda’s Church, Hartlepool Borough Hall, Croft Gardens, The Fishermans Arms, The Pot House, Mary Rowntrees and The Duke of Cleveland.

Super-promoters PinDrop are in on the action, programming some top talent to wow the crowds. Headliners include indie pop loveliness from Cattle & Cane, folk musician Eliza Carthy (pictured), who performs alongside melodeon maestro Saul Rose and rootsy rocker Martin Stephenson among others, with a supporting roster of talented local acts including 3 At Sea, Para Alta, Lost State of Dance, The White Negroes, Broken Broadcast, Joe Solo, Gilded Thieves, Laura James, This Little Bird, Skylark Song and many more.

As well as music, there will be a lantern parade on the Friday evening, dramatic projects and bespoke light artworks will be dotted around the town, a film festival will showcase the work of local independent filmmakers, plus there’s a festive market and plenty of activities for youngsters too.

Wintertide Festival takes place across various venues in Hartlepool from Friday 27th until Sunday 29th November.

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