Hardwick Live hailed a musical success, though lessons learned for future events (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Lessons learned from Hardwick Live success
THOUSANDS of music lovers helped make the first festival at Hardwick Hall a success, though its organiser says lessons have been learned when it comes to staging such events in the future.
Hardwick Live saw 8,500 music lovers descend on Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield to enjoy sets by a multitude of acts, including Jools Holland, Alison Moyet and Texas.
The event, held on Saturday, also had a romantic side with one reveller proposing to his girlfriend while up in a hot air balloon.
Organiser Jonathan Woodliffe said: “That was a surprise, thankfully she said 'yes'.”
Mr Woodliffe said he was delighted with how it had gone, given that it was a debut event.
He said: “For a year one event I would say we got about 98 per cent right, and certainly we shall takes peoples’ points on board to see how we can improve in the future.”
One area of criticism was that the show, which was due to open at noon, was late letting people in.
Mr Woodliffe said: “That was one of the things that was out of our control.
“The sound checks ran late and we could not let people in until they were finished.
“With the best will in the world these things happen, bands have to sound check to make sure they put."
That aside, Mr Woodliffe said the event had been a success and he was delighted with the feedback from both visitors and the bands.
He said: “The crowd were exceptionally well behaved and really made it a fantastic occasion.
“I spoke to the Loveable Rogues and Alison Moyet and they all said they had had a great time.
“I have been overwhelmed with the fantastic responses from people.”
Mr Woodliffe said he would like to put on another similar event, but will rest and assess before progressing further.
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