ORGANISERS of a music extravaganza are flying in pop royalty from America to wow their North East audience for what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the global stars.
Legendary band The Jacksons have sold over 100 million albums worldwide and will perform a rare UK date at the second annual Hardwick Live Garden Party, which has expanded to a two-day event.
The event will take place in the picturesque grounds of Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Durham, on September 12 and 13.
Simple Minds will headline the Friday, with The Jacksons taking top billing on the Saturday.
John Adamson, managing director of Ramside Estates, which runs the site, said; “We are flying The Jacksons in from the USA especially for Hardwick Live. Getting them is real coup for us as they’re loved by young and old, and this is a fantastic opportunity to see them live in the UK.
“I’ve no doubt that they will put on a sensational performance as will our Friday headliners Simple Minds.”
The four brothers of pop legend Michael Jackson – Jermaine, Marlon, Jackie and Tito – will headline the Saturday night, performing Jackson 5 and The Jacksons hits such as ABC, I Want You Back, Blame it On the Boogie, Can you Feel it and I’ll Be There - still the best selling song in Motown history.
Glaswegian band Simple Minds will headline the Friday stage. The Brit Award-nominated band have had a string of hits including Alive and Kicking and Belfast Child, as well as a US number one with Don’t You (Forget About Me), the anthem of ’80s teen movie The Breakfast Club.
Eighties idol Adam Ant, lead singer of Adam and the Ants, will support The Jacksons on the Saturday line-up. Adam scored 10 top ten hits in the UK, including three number one singles, and at one point had no fewer than eight singles in the UK Top 40 at the same time.
Adam will be joined by rock band Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel; Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers and ’90s Brit pop heroes Dodgy.
Soul singer Kenny Thomas, Teesside’s Cattle and Cane and London singer song-writer Emma Garrett, who cites 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and Radio 1’s Mary Anne Hobbs as fans, will also perform on the Saturday.
Local Acts Twister and The Voluntears will also have an opportunity to perform to the Hardwick Live audience.
John added: “More than 8,500 people attended Hardwick Live last year, which was tremendous in its first year and we’re hoping to attract even more families and music fans this year with our incredible lineup.
“We’re keen to promote local talent too so have included bands from the north east in the line-up for each day.”
In addition to the music, party-goers can look forward to fairground rides and street entertainers, a brass band, DJ stage and the luxurious Champagne Taittinger hot air balloon. There will also be an international food village as well as Champagne, Pimms and cocktails tents on site throughout the weekend.
•Weekend tickets, £79 for adults and £22 for children, are available to purchase online from vwww.hardwicklive.co.uk or by phone by calling 01740 620 253. Alternatively, individual tickets can be purchased for each day; £36 (adult), £10 (young person under 16) and £5 (child) for Friday and £49 (adult), £12 (young person under 16) and £6 (child) for Saturday.