Down to the woods Saturday 13th August

DOWN TO THE WOODS is a brand new, special kind of music and arts festival.

DOWN TO THE WOODS replaces its predecessor of three years, Hardwick Live (sold out in 2015 – thanks for your support good people!), with a welcome alternative to the established mainstream music festivals..

DOWN TO THE WOODS will deliver some of the best heritage and new acts in the country – but that’s not all. DOWN TO THE WOODS will bring you comedy, dance DJs, spoken word, art and more than one or two surprises for you to enjoy.

DOWN TO THE WOODS is going to be special……very special.

DOWN TO THE WOODS will launch with three stages and many pop up surprises. The stages are The Grand Arcadia where you will find our festival headliners and a host of other stunning acts, Foxes Folly, home to the best in new music and more of the artists you already adore and Badgers Den where comedy and dance reign supreme. There will of course be plenty of bars, food outlets, fairground rides and as for the rest…..If you go down to the woods today……

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First 2016 Acts Announced: Primal Scream, Echo & The Bunnymen


One of the world’s most notorious rock bands are to take to the stage at the North East’s premier music festival next summer.

Scottish legends Primal Scream are one of the first acts to be announced for Down To the Woods – successor to the 2015 sold out Hardwick Live festival - will take place in the grounds of Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham on Sat August 13.

Following on from the huge success of last year's former sell out event which featured top performers including James, Razorlight and Embrace, organisers are now planning the inaugural Down To The Woods festival, with the promise of a packed programme full of amazing acts.

Primal Scream will land in the North East with an enormously strong heritage of 30 years at the top of their game with early bird tickets for Down To The Woods 2016 already sold out even before any of the line-up had been revealed.

They will be joined on stage by songsmiths Echo & the Bunnymen, who have had a string of top 20 hits since the 1980s including the classic anthem ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’.

Jonathan Woodliffe of Ramside Estates, said: “We’re really excited about the programme of artists we are bringing to Down To The Woods.

“To land Primal Scream is a major coup for us, especially as it will be their only gig within a 100 mile radius and to have Echo & the Bunnymen as well really is a double whammy.

“This is the first of many exciting announcements we'll be making about Down To The Woods in the coming months and we're confident it is going to be THE North East’s biggest outdoor music events of 2016 covering the very best of new music and bands of the greatest heritage."

Primal Scream ensured their legacy with the release of their enormously successful third studio album, Screamadelica, winning the first Mercury Music Prize in 1992. Since then they have maintained a constant assault on the UK and international music scenes, with a new album set for release in 2016. Songs like ‘Movin’ On Up’, ‘Rocks’, ‘Loaded’, ‘Country Girl’, ‘It’s Alright, It’s Ok’ and many more will ensure a party atmosphere during their hugely anticipated Down To The Woods set.

Echo & the Bunnymen have released a string of top 20 hits since the 1980s, including top selling studio albums Crocodiles, Porcupine and Ocean Rain, which all went gold. Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant still leads the band with rumours of a new album to be released in 2016. Songs ‘The Cutter’, ‘The Killing Moon’ and ‘Bring On The Dancing horses' are sure to be crowd pleasers at the North East festival.

Down To The Woods artist booker Lee O’Hanlon added, “Primal Scream are one of the most exciting bands you can hope to see live with a raucous energy that matches their incredible, infectious tunes. We are thrilled to have not only landed them for Down To The Woods but Echo & The Bunnymen who are undoubtedly some of the finest songwriters the UK has known.”

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