GIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Hartlepool’s We Are Family festival to return for second year

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Home-grown Hartlepool band The Jar Family have announced the return of their music festival.

After the success of the inaugural event last year, We Are Family will take over the derelict Jacksons Landing site again this September.

Spectators at last year's We Are Family

Spectators at last year's We Are Family

This year’s line-up, which will be announced in the coming weeks alongside ticket details, will celebrate and showcase a host of North East talent.

Last year, around 5,000 people attended the festival over the course of the day to see acts such as Sunderland indie rock band Frankie & the Heartstrings and Northern funk duo Smoove & Turrell take to the stage, while refreshments came courtesy of the likes of Wylam Brewery’s award-winning craft beers and Fat Hippo’s Northumbrian beef burgers.

In keeping with the name of the festival, the Jar Family distributed hundreds of free tickets to families across the town who had been hit by illness, financial difficulty, disability or bereavement.

This year’s festival will take place on September 10 and looks set to include an equally impressive line up.

One of the bands on stage at the music event that was held at Jacksons Landing.

One of the bands on stage at the music event that was held at Jacksons Landing.

Jar Family member Max Bianco said: “We’re very excited to be bringing back We Are Family to Hartlepool again this year. The response to last year’s event was incredible - the whole area got behind us and turned out in their thousands to celebrate bands from the North East.

“We can’t thank the locals enough for the support they have shown us and we’ve got another amazing line up for them this year.”

Speaking about why the band founded the festival, he said: “It’s the first time that something of this size has happened in the town, something we can call our own. There’s a lot of talent in the area and we see so much going on when we go to gigs, so we decided to put it all in one place. Hartlepool is in the middle of the North East after all, it’s even got ‘heart’ in the name.”

Dali from the band added: “We’re always blown away that there’s a Poolie in the crowd at every gig, wherever we are in the country.

“We really want the town to get behind this so we can host one every year!”

The Jar Family are no strangers to performing in front of thousands: they’ve played to an 80,000-strong crowd in Stockton-on-Tees, taken part in the BBC’s Music Day Hadrian’s Wall Of Sound and played at many festivals.

Earlier this year, the folk punk act announced a UK tour, which will see them play The Studio, in Tower Street, on Friday.

•Tickets for this year’s We Are Family will go on sale on July 1.