Rock legend Noel Gallagher has been announced as a headliner for next year’s Hardwick Live Festival.

The County Durham event at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, returns next summer with a three-day line up for the first time – and The Northern Echo can exclusively reveal the first names on the bill.

Former Oasis man Gallagher will perform alongside his band the High Flying Birds on Sunday, August 20. Fromer guitarists of The Smiths Johnny Marr, The Cribs and North East singer Andrew Cushin will all perform on the main stage before Gallagher. 

The bands join a line up headlined on the Saturday by The Kooks and also includes The Vaccines, Melanie C and Nieve Ella.

Due to unprecedented demand, organisers of the festival have now added an additional day to the festival. Friday, August 18, will start with Hacienda Classical curated by Graeme Park, Mike Pickering and the Manchester Camerata Orchestra as well as the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club.

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These are the first names of what will eventually be a 50 strong line-up of performances across the entire event.


Friday's announcement follows the recent release of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds' brand-new single, ‘Pretty Boy’. It is the first new music from his forthcoming new studio album which will be released next year. Fans can expect a set list featuring a selection of the band’s most well-loved songs, from Oasis hits through to current day favourites.

Summer 2022 saw Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds complete a nationwide tour of outdoor shows, culminating with a set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to one of the weekend’s biggest crowds.

Pop-rock band, The Kooks will headline the Saturday night and will follow the return to the festival of former Spice Girl, Melanie C along with indie rock band, The Vaccines. Social media sensation Nieve Ella – who scored with her first song, Girlfriend – will also be playing in the grounds of Hardwick Hall Hotel.

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John Adamson, owner of Hardwick Hall, says the festival’s successful rise has allowed to expand next year.

“It’s a huge coup for us to bring Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds to Hardwick along with a really amazing range of performers across the entire three days,” he said.

“We believe this is going to be one of our strongest and most exciting Hardwick Festival’s to date.”

Tickets are on sale now with several packages available including weekend passes, single day tickets, glamping and camping. All prices are available at