Hardwick Festival celebrates bringing £10m boost to the economy

A major music festival is proudly claiming to have provided a £10m boost to the economy.

As the Hardwick Festival marks its 10th anniversary, event founder John Adamson is delighted with the economic boost it has provided. This summer’s event will take place between Friday, August 16 and Sunday, August 18.

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Held at the picturesque Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield, the festival has become a cornerstone of the local economy in the northern economy. Festival founder Mr Adamson said: "We are thrilled to celebrate a decade of Hardwick Festival. It's incredible to see how much the event has grown and the positive impact it has had on our local economy. It's amazing that we've been able to contribute an estimated £10m over the ten festivals for local businesses.

“Supporting north east businesses is in our DNA, and we are committed to showcasing the exceptional talent and services available right on our doorstep."

Over the past ten years, Hardwick Festival has supported hundreds of local businesses annually, spanning various sectors such as staging, lighting and sound to food and drink suppliers, transport providers and hotels.

The event has also confirmed this year's charity partners in the form of Angel Trust – which provides food and clothing for the people of the North East – and the cancer support organisation, Solan Connor Fawcett.

Mr Adamson continued: "Working alongside and supporting businesses from the North East is vital to us. We have a responsibility to support the local economy, and the companies in our region are first class.

“Over the years, the festival has employed thousands of people, contributing significantly to the area's economic growth."

Looking ahead, Hardwick Festival has ambitious plans to expand and diversify its offerings. Mr Adamson added: "We aim to bring more major artists and explore new music genres.

“In 2025, we’re excited to introduce country and bring back 60s soul and funk, adding even more variety for our fans."

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