This festival season the latest Northern newcomer to the UK festival line-up, County Durham’s Down To The Woods, will open its gates this August and welcome to the stage headliners Chase & Status and Primal Scream.

Formerly known as Hardwick Live, the newly revamped event at Sedgefield’s Hardwick Hall will also welcome indie rockers We Are Scientists, Echo & The Bunnymen and Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Set in the rolling countryside of County Durham, Down To The Woods provides the perfect opportunity for North East music lovers to discover some of the most exciting new artists on the scene. Alongside Primal Scream, other acts featuring on the festivals main stage ‘The Grand Arcadia’ on Saturday are Echo & The Bunnymen, Clean Cut Kid, The Selecter, Vant, The Jacques, Lucy Spraggan, Hayley McKay and a very Special Guest still to be announced.

Sunday will see Catfish and the Bottlemen and We Are Scientists join headliners Chase & Status, alongside Kwabs, Age Of L.U.N.A, Bleanavon, Hidden Charms and more.

Away from the main stage, the ‘Foxes Folly’ stage will feature 20 acts over the weekend, with headliners including The Sunshine Underground and Peter Hook & The Light. Alongside its contemporary music offering, Down To The Woods also boasts a line up of comedy acts on the festival’s third stage, the ‘Badgers Den’. Stand up comedians Howard Read and Mike Wilkinson appear alongside North East natives Lee Kyle and Cal Halbert.

By night, the ‘Badgers Den’ transforms into a dance venue, with an array of DJs providing the beat for festival goers who aren’t quite ready for the day to end.

Ideal for all of the family, Down To The Woods offers a host of further attractions including food stalls, a fun fair, kids playground and face-painting, alongside a selection of adult-only features such as the Gin Palace, Champagne Bar and quintessentially British Pimms Garden.

Weekend tickets for Down To The Woods are priced at £99 per adult, £28 for young people aged 13 – 16 and £15 for children aged 3 – 12. Day tickets are available and there are also boutique camping and special ‘Gold Ticket’ VIP options.

This Down to the Woods article was written by Aimee Robinson, a GIGsoup contributor

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