The Road to Hardwick

The Road to Hardwick

North East Festival Offers Aspiring Artists Chance to Perform Alongside Musical Royalty

County Durham’s Hardwick Festival, renowned for its electrifying atmosphere and star-studded lineups, celebrates its tenth anniversary with an unprecedented opportunity for budding bands and musical artists from the region. 

The popular summer gathering is pleased to announce ‘The Road to Hardwick’ Battle of the Bands competition, which promises local North East talent a chance to shine on the festival’s mainstage. 

This thrilling competition – set to take place at The WonderBar in Newcastle – isn’t just about the glory of the mainstage spotlight, though. 

The winning band – who will bag a prime spot eon Hardwick’s celebrated mainstage – will be catapulted into the limelight with a host of incredible prizes, features in top music magazines, a day’s studio time at a prestigious recording studio in Newcastle, a priceless music industry experience session, and a tailored press campaign courtesy of Northside Creative. As if that’s not enough, the winning band will also score free festival tickets for friends and supporters. 

What’s more, even those bands and artists who don’t clinch the top spot will benefit from invaluable insights and advice from a panel of industry pros, national music journalists, and regional radio icons.

Bands eager to make their mark at Hardwick Festival should apply via the festival’s official website before the deadline onMonday 25th March. 

Hardwick, of course, isn’t just another music event; it’s a celebration of North East culture and talent. 

With a total capacity of 10,000, including the iconic mainstage arena accommodating up to 9,000 enthusiastic fans, and the intimate Discovery Stage for 1,000, Hardwick Festival promises an unforgettable experience for all. 

Set against the stunning backdrop of Hardwick Hall in County Durham, this year’s festival boasts a lineup that’s bigger and bolder than ever before. 

From pop royalty Becky Hill to rock legends Snow Patrol, indie sensations The Charlatans to the iconic former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft, the festival promises three days of non-stop entertainment across two stages.

But the Hardwick Festival isn’t just about the music. It’s a multi-faceted experience for the whole family, featuring culinary delights from around the globe, vintage fairground attractions, children’s entertainment, and much more. 

Hardwick Festival 2024 is where the next generation of music superstars begin their journey. Join us from Friday 16th August to Sunday 18th August for a weekend filled with incredible music, culinary delights, and family-friendly fun. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of it. 

If you’re in a band or you’re a budding music artist who thinks you’ve got what it takes to play on the mainstage at Hardwick Festival and would like to enter the competition, head to

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