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ONE of America’s top rhythm and blues bands the Vintage Trouble will be getting the crowds rocking with their cool sound next month as they take to the stage at Hardwick Live.


Vintage Trouble will perform Saturday 18 August at the North East’s biggest music festival, as part of a star-studded line up which includes Kaiser Chiefs, Ash, Jake Shears and Lucy Spraggan. 

The band, who have performed with some of the world’s biggest stars including Rolling Stones, ACDC and The Who, will head to the event, held at Hardwick Hall, County Durham as part a tour of Europe this summer. 

Vintage Trouble started life in a basic home studio in Hollywood in 2010, when vocalist Ty Taylor and guitarist Nalle Colt invited their friend Rick Barrio Dill to join them. Shortly after, they recruited Richard Danielson to play drums and the band was born. 

As fans of artists like Ike & Tina Turner, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, Vintage Trouble blended soul, blues and heavy rock into their music, and quickly caught the eye of legendary music manager Doc McGhee, famous for his work with bands such as KISS, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue. 

In 2011 they got their big break with an appearance on Later…With Jools Holland and that same year joined Queen guitarist Brian May and then Bon Jovi on tour, before launching their first album. 

Now, three albums and several tours later, the band continues to go from strength to strength and they have been working on a fourth album which they plan to release this year. 

Currently touring Spain and Scandinavia, they will head to the opening night of Hardwick Live as part of a visit to the UK, and John Adamson, owner of Ramside Estates which runs Hardwick Live, is thrilled to have been able to secure them for this year’s festival. 

“Vintage Trouble are a really well respected and incredibly entertaining band, and we are really happy that we have been able to tempt them to Hardwick Live,” he said.  

“They are a really unique group who blend a number of genres into their music, but what they are really famous for is their live appearances.  

“This is what makes them stand out, and we know they will bring something very special to this year’s programme.” 

Following Saturday’s show, it will be the turn of Happy Mondays, Shed Seven, Echo & the Bunnymen, Feeder, Public Image Ltd, Heather Small and Melanie C on Sunday 19 August, as the festival this year becomes a two-day event. 

Along with the bands and singers, audiences can look forward to further entertainment from DJs like Brandon Block, Danny Rampling, Graeme Park and Greg Wilson, and there will also be demonstrations from leading chefs along with entertainment for children. 

The event will this year support County Durham charities Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust and Angel Trust, and tickets are on sale now. 

Tickets for Hardwick Live start from £8 for children aged three to 11, £16 for 12-16-year-olds and £49 for adults each day. Weekend tickets are also available. 

To buy tickets visit: and more information on the event is available at the official website

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