MUSIC extravaganza Hardwick Live got took place over the weekend.

Thousands of people enjoyed a weekend packed with live music and entertainment at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield, County Durham.

Sunderland-based alternative indie outfit Social Room, whose new EP is produced by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, got the party started with the opening set.

Saturday’s show consisted of several wellknown names including folk pop singer Lucy Spraggan and Irish alt rockers Ash.

Former Scissor Sisters singer and glam rock god Jake Shears, in a gold sequin jumpsuit and six inch heels, had the crowd going wild.

With a stage presence reminiscent of Freddie Mercury, Shears danced the length and breadth of the stage and only stopped during Everything I’ll Ever Need- which he dedicated to his personal struggles.

Another highlight was rhythm and blues band Vintage Trouble who gave the crowd an unforgettable show of crowd-surfing and catchy songs such as Knock me out, Run Like the River and Strike Your Light.

Last up were headliners the Kaiser Chiefs.

Frontman Ricky Wilson led the rest of the band onstage before launching into 2005 hit Every Day I Love You Less and Less followed up by an energetic performance featuring all their most popular tracks.

Sunday's acts included M People’s Heather Small, Feeder, Echo and The Bunnymen, Shed Seven and Happy Mondays.

The festival was first held in 2013 when Texas and Jools Holland performed and has grown year on year into the region's biggest outdoor music festival.

This year's official charity is the Spennymoor-based cancer charity the Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust.