REVIEW: The Jacksons, Hardwick Live, Sedgefield

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HI-FIVE to The Jacksons, they know how to put on a show.

The band of brothers took to the stage at Hardwick Live, at Hardwick Hotel, and brought the shimmer and sparkle of Motown to the County Durham countryside.

In what was their only mainland UK date this year, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon dazzled as the headline act of the two-day festival.

Those who feared the famous American clan may go out on a limb and try something new needn’t have worried.

They delivered an energetic set to showcase how the brothers from humble beginnings in Gary, Indiana, went on to rule the music charts and influence future generations.

Clad in black suits with blindingly bright diamanté details, they opened with disco classic Can You Feel It and immediately got the crowd moving in tune.

The thousands of festival-goers danced on a wave of nostalgia with tracks such as Blame it on the Boogie and Rock Wit You which the band delivered with slick panache - they’ve still got the moves.

There was plenty of references to the most iconic Jackson brother, Michael. “I know Michael is here with us in spirit tonight and we’d like to thank him for all the wonderful things he did in the world,” said Jermaine.

A spectacular fireworks display brought to a close their explosive set.

But that wasn’t the end of the party.

Festivities continued at the To The Manor Born tree house which celebrated the venue’s famous house night.

Michael Johnson, Graeme Park, Linden C and Allister Whitehead were among those who took to the decks to blast out classic dance tracks from the ‘90s and beyond.

Earlier in the day, Adam Ant and Dodgy also got the crowds going.

The fact this festival is aimed at families and seasoned revellers means this event has a much more chilled atmosphere than most. And though the drinks were certainly flowing, there wasn’t the raucousness of your Leeds and Evolution festivals.

It makes being at a festival as easy as ABC.