NORTH-EAST bands are gearing up to perform alongside pop royalty at one of the biggest music events in the region.

The second annual Hardwick Live Garden Party, at Hardwick Hall Hotel near Sedgefield, County Durham, next month, features international acclaimed acts including The Jacksons, Adam Ant and Simple Minds.

However, the event, on Friday, September 12, and Saturday, September 13, will also give talented local musicians a chance to shine.

On the Friday evening, Durham four-piece Twister will join a line-up that includes The Sherlocks, Scouting for Girls and Simple Minds.

Teesside’s Cattle & Cane and Durham indie band The Voluntears will add to the impressive Saturday line-up, which comprises The Jacksons, Adam Ant, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Hugh Cornwell, Dodgy, Kenny Thomas and Emma Garrett.

Stevie Stoker, lead singer of Twister, said: “We’re really grateful to have the opportunity to perform at such a fantastic venue, in front of thousands of people and we’re sure it will be a party to remember.”

Saturday night will also see performances from top DJs at the Manor Born DJ tent including Graeme Park, Allister Whitehead, Pete Wharrier, Rob Oxley, Mike Johnson and Linden C.

Weekend tickets are available to purchase online via or by calling 01740 620253.

Alternatively, individual tickets can be purchased for Friday, priced at £36 for adults, £10 for under-16s and £5 for children and on Saturday tickets cost £49 for adults, £12 for under-16s and £6 for children.

A limited number of Gold tickets are available priced at £119, which includes Saturday entrance ticket, all day gala buffet, exclusive use of hotel bars and VIP parking.