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Sat 14th Sep at Midday - 11:00pm
Hardwick Live Garden Party
@ Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield
Featuring: Texas, Jools Holland & His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra, Roland Gift, Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall, Alison Moyet, Loveable Rogues, Moya, The Struts, Natasha Haws, The Longsands, Twister, DJ Paul Taylor, Allister Whitehead, Michael Johnson, Pete Wharrier, Rob Oxley
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Hardwick Live Garden Party: Texas + Jools Holland & His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra + Roland Gift + Ruby Turner + Louise Marshall + Alison Moyet + Loveable Rogues + Moya + The Struts + Natasha Haws + The Longsands + Twister + DJ Paul Taylor + Allister Whitehead + Michael Johnson + Pete Wharrier + Rob Oxley
The region's biggest garden party brings together chart-topping acts and a day of family entertainment.
As well as enjoying music from some of the top acts in pop music, Hardwick Live party goers can also take to the air in the luxurious Champagne Taittinger hot air balloon which has appeared at the famous Château- d’Oex winter balloon festival in Switzerland.
An International food village will present a tempting menu of world food from Thai, Chinese and Indian to paella and hog roasts to appeal to more traditional tastes. There will be a Champagne Taittinger marquee, Pimms bar and even a Mojito tent.
The Hardwick Live Garden Party will raise much-needed funds for Daisy Chain, a Norton-based charity which supports families affected by autism.
This Glasgow based band have been playing their mix of rock, soul and new country sounds since they formed in 1986 by bassist Johnny McElhone. With the release of White On Blonde in 1997 they became major stars, propelled by huge pop hits such as Say What You Want and Black Eyed Boy. Many groups could be destroyed by such success, but Texas have continued writing and recording, sustained by their very particular love of music, and listeners can still enjoy the classic mix of Sharleen Spiteri's distinctive vocals with an experienced band who know what they're doing.
Texas tour dates
Former Squeeze ivory-tickler and presenter of the legendary Later with Jools Holland. Since learning to play fluently at the tender age of eight, Jools has gone on to become one of the UK's most proficient jazz and blues pianists. Having toured extensively with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, his charismatic personality, impeccably good taste and accessible music have made him one of the nations most well-respected, and well-loved, musicians. Jools was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry. He is married with four children and lives in a world of his own.
Jools Holland & His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra tour dates
Roland Gift was the lead singer of Fine Young Cannibals. The Birmingham trio were one of the biggest bands of the late 80s and scored a number one album with 1989’s The Raw And The Cooked, which included hit singles She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing. Roland is again writing and touring FYC’s best-loved songs alongside his own new material.
Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals) tour dates
Ruby Turner is renowned for hits such as 'If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)', 'I'd Rather Go Blind' and the No 1 hit single in the US R'n'B chart 'Its Gonna Be Alright'. To date, she has released eight albums, and guested on releases for the likes of Brian Ferry, UB40, Steve Winwood and Jools Holland. This amazing singer/songwriter is blessed with a voice to die for and whether performing jazz, soul or r'n'b. In addition to her solo singing career, Ruby is an accomplished actress on TV, film, and West End stage.
Ruby Turner tour dates
Striking vocalist singing rhythm and blues, soul and jazz.
Louise Marshall tour dates
Following her mainstream 80's chart success, Alison Moyet felt somewhat shackled by the demands of major record labels and finally decided to go her own way, releasing exactly the material she wanted and setting her own agenda. Her determination paid off on 2013's 'The Minutes', released through independent label Cooking Vinyl, yet going on to reach number five in the UK Album Chart. Many have referred to the album as her "best in decades," some going as far to say it's the best in her career. Moyet's music now harks back to her electronic roots, taking a nod to her former Yazoo days, whilst still maintaining a fresh and contemporary sound.
Alison Moyet tour dates
Loveable Rogues are a young multi talented group consisting of three fun loving lads who are establishing their rightful place within the music industry with their aim of creating a new style of music which isn't defined by a specific genre.
In Britain's Got Talent 2012 the cheeky chaps charmed the audience and the judges with their witty self-penned song "Lovesick" at the audition stages. Singing the stupendously catchy song once more in the Semi Finals, the lads came out tops and competed in the Final where once again they performed an original track "Honest" which was met with outstanding comments from the judges.
The Loveable Rogues announced that after their 'This & That Tour' in November 2014 that they would be parting ways, releasing a statement saying "We've had the most incredible time as a band - writing, performing, touring and playing together for half a decade - but the time feels right to head in different directions and take on new endeavours."
Loveable Rogues tour dates
The Struts are a 4 piece indie rock band who formed in Derby in 2009. They have been described as a mix between Primal Scream and Hard-Fi. However, never ones to define themselves by a specific genre – the band can best be described as an eclectic mix of music's most heady influences; from anthemic floor stompers of 60's and 70's Rock n Roll to the heart-melting melodies of soul and catchy hooks of Motown classics. Add to that mix some truly epic live shows and a lead singer with both the vocals and the moves to rival any other frontman, The Struts are definitely a band to keep your eye on…
The Struts tour dates
Up and coming Newcastle-based indie act The Longsands; '...a car crash of styles, giving them very much their own sound, a rare and precious commodity in this day and age.' - Crack Magazine
The Longsands tour dates
Paul got into DJing in the 70s, starting out in Angels in Burnley and making it his own in 1989, booking DJs such as Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong , Sasha, Tall Paul and Boy George. He created Retro, a night dedicated to tunes released in the previous three or four years, giving credability to the club classics concept. He continues to DJ and produce, notably as part of the Loveland team, as well as establishing label Eastern Bloc.
'Technically one of the best DJs of the last decade'. (Mix Mag)
DJ Paul Taylor tour dates
One of the most talented DJs you're ever likely to come across. Given that he has been at the top of the premier league for the last 10 years, his lasting appeal is undeniable. The superstar DJ has held residencies at Manchester's Legendary 'Hacienda', Nottingham's 'Venus' alongside Sasha and 'Cream' in Livepool. He has worked with the likes of Martha Walsh, Natalie Imbruglia and Robbie Williams. A master of the art behind the decks and definitely one not to be missed.
Allister Whitehead tour dates
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Venue: Hardwick Hall Hotel
TS21 2EH 54.663513, -1.468081
Phone: 01740 620253