MUSIC fans are counting down to a new live rock festival coming to Seaton Carew.
The cream of local talent will entertain crowds for 11 hours when they take to the stage for the first ever Seaton Rock event.
The event on Saturday, July 23, will raise desperately needed money for Hartlepool & District Hospice and organisers say tickets are selling well.
Hartlepool-born Janick Gers who plays guitar for Iron Maiden is backing the event and has donated signed memorabilia to be raffled off on the day.
Janice Forbes, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “We wanted to do something different.
“We have been doing a lot of sponsored events and wanted to give something back to people and put on a fun day.
“We have got 11 bands confirmed and tickets are selling well.
“We are hoping it is going to be a good day and will raise lots of money for the hospice.”
Local band Mercedes will headline the festival, which takes place at the Seaton Reach development off Coronation Drive from noon until 11pm.
Businesses including Hornsey’s Bar and Grill and Surfside Fish and Chips, off Coronation Drive, Seaton Carew, are supporting the day.
Other groups on the set list include Atlantic In Transit, The Passion Killers, Martha Cook, Lee Madison, Sound Intention, Skyran, JB Butterfield, Beat Rats and We Are The People.
Organisers had hoped Janick would put in an appearance, but he will be performing the same night in Newcastle.
There will also be face-painting for the children, henna tattoos, bouncy castles and food served all day.
Hospice badges will also be on sale to help boost funds.
Admission is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.
Tickets are available from The Other Record Shop, in Errol Street, Hartlepool, Hornsey’s Bar and Grill, Surfside Fish and Chips and Hartlepool & District Hospice, in Wells Avenue.