Hartlepool will host its first major music festival at Hartlepool Marina, celebrating and showcasing some of the finest talent in the North East.
We Are Family Festival is curated and produced by Hartlepool collective The Jar Family and will feature exciting performances by some of the greatest musicians from the area.
Showcasing over 15 artists We Are Family presents a diverse range of artists such as Sunderland’s rootsy psych pop outfit Hyde & Beast, indie rock band Frankie & The Heartstrings, Newcastle’s northern funk duo Smoove & Turrell and Hartlepool heroes The Jar Family themselves, alongside a wealth of breaking talent, internationally renowned special guests Alabama 3 and many more to be announced.
Hosted at Jacksons Landing, a council owned 5,000 capacity venue which has been disused for over a decade, We Are Family will regenerate and transform the superbly located facility into a top class event hub.
With an entrance price of only £6 per person We Are Family is a bold move to galvanise the area with an accessible music event of distinction. We Are Family are working alongside regional organisations including Camerons Brewery and Tees Music Alliance to bring a vibrant and innovative festival to Hartlepool.
Jar Family member Max Bianco said: “We wanted to create something that really celebrated the vast musical talent in the North East and to acknowledge the support the local population has given us… and give them something to smile about!”
Dali from the band said: “We’re always blown away that there’s a Poolie in the crowd at every gig, wherever we are in the country. We really want the town to get behind this so we can host one every year!”
The Jar Family are synonymous with the North East, from playing to an 80,000 strong crowd in Stockton-on-Tees to taking part in the BBC’s Music Day Hadrian’s Wall Of Sound event with a live performance on a boat speeding up the Tyne, they are now firmly established as one of the biggest live acts in the area. Conceived from the Hartlepool music scene, they have forged a distinctive style of North-East blues & roots, uniquely coined as ‘industrial folk’. Their new album, produced by acclaimed producer Rupert Christie, will be titled FAMILY FIRST and is set for release on September 4, 2015.
We Are Family takes place on September 19, 2015. T ickets cost only £6 per person and are available here.
(from a press release)