Since forming in Manchester in 1982, James's enduring creativity and musical legacy has made them one of the most influential British indie bands. In a career spanning over 3 decades, top 10 albums like ‘Gold Mother’, ‘Seven’, ‘Laid’, ‘Whiplash’ and ‘Millionaires’ have contributed to one of the most intensely loyal fan bases in the business.
James’ 13th studio album, La Petite Mort, was released last year to critical acclaim and hailed as one of the “Best Albums of 2014” by The Guardian, featuring the singles Moving On, Frozen Britain, Curse Curse and All I'm saying. Famed for their incendiary live performances, James can be sure of an ecstatic reception as they headline Hardwick Live’s most complete line up to date.
Razorlight’s ascent to the top saw them supporting Queen, Oasis and The Rolling Stones before their own incredible chart-topping career spawned three, top five albums and a string of smash hit singles such as America, Somewhere Else and the infectious In The Morning.
Stockport’s favourite sons, the iconic 10cc, will bring with them an arsenal of hits including The Things We Do For Love, I’m Not In Love and Dreadlock Holiday as they treat the Hardwick Live to a set that explains their legion of fans including Robert Plant, Chrissie Hynde and Axl Rose.
Yorkshire band Embrace, whose debut album The Good Will Out was one of the fastest selling releases in British history will make their Hardwick Live debut. The band scored two more number 1 albums with 'Out Of Nothing' and 'This New Day'.
Having already clocked up three number one albums with Brits Award winning producer Youth, six top ten singles and a string of sold out arena shows. Coldplay’s Chris Martin is so much a fan that he wrote the band’s single Gravity for them and went on to cover the track with Coldplay. Gravity and Ashes, two of the band’s biggest hit singles, appeared on the band’s most successful album Out of Nothing which reached double platinum status in the UK selling more than 1 million copies whilst the band's most recent album, 'Embrace', again saw the band soar into the UK top 5 albums.
Ranking Roger, Everett, Saxa and Neil Deathridge combined with Tony O'Donnell, Andy Pearson, Dave 'Blockhead' Wright on keyboards and Roger's son Murphy make up the new The Beat lineup. Combining some of the old classics with some brand new material. Worth going to see live to hear 'Mirror In The Bathroom' in all its glory.
A Wolverhampton born singer / songwriter, Scott's musical past has seen him experiment with funk, indie, rock and soul, but his solo career has seen him take a more focused route towards folk and blues and he spent most of June 2006 supporting the Foo Fighters on their string of acoustic concerts across the UK.
With influences including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Marc Bolan, his music is often likened to that of American singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley.
Her songs range from reflective ballads to infectious upbeat numbers. Natasha has been hailed as 'BBC Introducing Artist of the Week' twice on BBC Three Counties.
Hardwick Live is a great supporter of new music and 2015 sees Radio One and Xfm favourites Meadowlark join the bill. Meadowlark already have a host of major record labels chasing them for their signature and no surprise armed with an arsenal of excellent tunes supported by the likes of Radio One’s Annie Mac, Fearne Cotton, Greg James and more.
Formed in 2013 The Voluntears are an indie rock band from the North East of England. This five piece band is made up from lead vocalist Seamus Edge, lead guitarist Scott Stephenson, rhythm guitarist Mark Dunn, bassist Simon Brown and Drummer Jordan Sowerby...
The Voluntears are currently enjoying growing recognition of their clean, raw sound on the local and regional live circuit with their catchy guitar riffs which are full of personality and clever lyrics expressing personal experiences and the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a generation. It is this combination of personality and sound that have kept The Voulntears gig schedule packed with dates up and down the country with headline slots and supporting touring bands such as indie legends The Rifles on their UK tours.
Cast are the latest high profile name to be added to the North East’s premier live music festival, along with some of the UK’s best new talent.
Cast, who emerged from John Power’s post-seminal band, The La’s, released a string of anthems, including Finetime, Sandstorm and Walkaway, before splitting in 2001.
The band reformed in 2010, with hit single Baby Blue Eyes released in 2014 and a new album due later this year.
Smoove & Turrell’s unique style of Northern funk has already earned them airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6music, as well as a sought-after spot supporting Nile Rogers and Chic. The Newcastle-based duo, whose tracks have been used on various television programmes, released their third studio album, Broken Toys in May last year.
The Sherlocks have recently been taken on for management by the team behind Babyshambles, Pete Doherty and The View.
Since forming in late 2010, they have played in excess of 450 gigs & festivals across the UK earning support slots to bands such as The Enemy, Reverend and The Makers, The Buzzcocks, Twisted Wheel, Steve Craddock (Ocean Colour Scene). The band are selling gigs out effortlessly across the north of England and their ever growing reputation is now on a national level.