Jar Family all set for return of We Are Family festival and launch of new EP

Hartlepool band The Jar Family are set to release their latest EP when they host their second annual music festival in the town.

They’re bringing a host of North East talent to Jacksons Landing, at the Marina, for We Are Family.

It’s the second year the festival has been held at the disused site, and it’s set to go ahead on Saturday, September 10.

The Jar Family will take to the stage alongside bands like Little Comets, Hyde & Beast and Kingsley Chapman & The Murder.

The band’s Richie Docherty and Lee Dali, who each play guitar as well as providing vocals and percussion, said they’re excited about the line-up they’ve got in store for music fans this year.

Lee said: “It’s great to be running for a second year. I think with the first year being such a success and that many people enjoying it, and we just had to do it again.

Hartlepool band The Jar Family ahead of Jacksons Landing music festival. From left Richie Docherty and  Lee Dali

Hartlepool band The Jar Family ahead of Jacksons Landing music festival. From left Richie Docherty and Lee Dali

“It’s all local North East bands, the same as last year. We’ve got no big names apart from the big local bands from Newcastle to Sunderland, like Cattle & Cane and Little Comets and the Mouses.”

The festival will also see the release of The Jar Family’s new self-produced EP, Daydreamin’.

Recorded at Sounds Studios in Kent, it is the first time the band have recorded, mixed and arranged everything themselves, alongside long time Jar Family collaborator Kevin Harris.

Richie said: “We’re really excited for it. We went in about four or five weeks ago to a studio down in Kent, and we normally get producers and a team in to produce all the music , but we thought this time around that we’d do it ourselves, make it more organic and the outcome is great, it feels like we’ve really achieved something.

Hartlepool band The Jar Family ahead of Jacksons Landing music festival. From left Richie Docherty and  Lee Dali

Hartlepool band The Jar Family ahead of Jacksons Landing music festival. From left Richie Docherty and Lee Dali

“We’re excited for people to hear it. If it was up to me it would be out there now.”

Lee added: “There are a few people we’ve passed it onto to give them a listen and some of them can’t believe it, it’s like a totally different sound to what we’re used to.

“In the past, we wrote the songs, record them, and then gigged them. Where the new formula is we’ve written them, put them in the set list so we’ve gigged them, and after 30 gigs when they’ve evolved to their full potential that’s it.

“That’s the sound we want rather than making an album and going 30 or 40 gigs up the road and then you listen back to the album and think ‘what’s that?’. And it’s because it hasn’t evolved.”

The Jar Family's Richie Docherty and  Lee Dali.

The Jar Family's Richie Docherty and Lee Dali.

Tickets for the festival cost £10. To book, go to www.wearefamilyfestival.com

The Jar Family's Richie Docherty and  Lee Dali.

The Jar Family's Richie Docherty and Lee Dali.

The Jar Family's Richie Docherty and  Lee Dali.

The Jar Family's Richie Docherty and Lee Dali.