Everything you need to know about Hartlepool Waterfront Festival – when, where and who is happening


One of Tees Valley’s biggest events returns to Hartlepool this summer, with a vibrant program of arts, music and entertainment for the whole family.

The Hartlepool Waterfront Festival 2021, organized by Hartlepool Council, will take place on Saturday August 28 and Sunday August 29 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Waterfront, right next to the marina.

Artists from across the country will gather, inspired by this year’s festival theme “REBIRTH”, which pays homage to Northeast folklore.

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Festival-goers will be able to enjoy performances that will take place on the three themed stages: The Moon Stage, The Campfire Stage and The Happenings.

Tickets can be booked at www.hartlepoolwaterfrontfestival.com and the festival will operate on a “pay what you decide” basis.

The event, which has already drawn up to 15,000 people, is supported by the Mayor and the Combined Authority of Tees Valley with £ 30,000 as part of the Tees Valley Festivals 2021 Recovery Fund.

Aaron Bowman, the council’s events manager, said, “It will be an incredible spectacle to have performers back on our stages with real audiences, all to welcome the return of the festival goddess.

“For several months now her followers have been preparing for her return and on this August holiday she is reborn here in Hartlepool. Expect old traditions to become new, as folklore becomes truth and rhyme and myth come true. ”

Councilor Shane Moore, Head of Hartlepool Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome back the people of Hartlepool, the Tees Valley and beyond to our flagship event of the summer, especially after the many sacrifices that they must have done during the pandemic.

“There will be so much to see and do in our incredibly diverse program, with something to suit everyone, from the exhilarating to the reflective. It will be a truly memorable and special event.

During the festival, internationally renowned artist Luke Jerram will take over Seaton Park with his new touring piece of art in Memoriam, a poignant tribute to all those who lost their lives during the pandemic.

The installation will feature 120 flags made from NHS sheets arranged in the form of a medical logo.

On Saturday August 28, festival-goers will be able to relive one of the greatest albums of all time live, while the Transatlantic Ensemble will perform the entirety of “Rumors” by Fleetwood Mac.

And the next day, The Futureheads, a post-punk band with a nationwide audience and five critically acclaimed albums, will perform.

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The full program of the event is available below.

The moon stage


The Bon Bon Cabaret Friends

The Bon Bon’s and their Cabaret return as Comperes of The Moon Stage. They will spread the joy and get the party started with their energetic sets and wellness hymns throughout the weekend. This Newcastle-based drag collective fell in love with Hartlepool in 2018 and have returned several times since.

Les Lèvres – Saturday 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Lips return to Hartlepool and take place on the Moon Stage on Saturday to seduce and enchant the festival goddess. A bright, open-air mix-tape show of large puppets, with something to say.

Miss Toni’s Academy – Saturday 3 p.m.

Catch Toni and her up-and-coming stars before they grow up and win a Grammy.

PICNIC – Saturday 7:30 p.m.

PICNIC is a really party group from Sunderland. If you like Bruno Mars, Chic or Hayley Williams then PICNIC is for you!

Transatlantic Ensemble plays Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors, in its entirety, to perfection – Saturday 8:45 p.m.

They are some of the best session musicians in the country and come together regularly to sell out at places like Wylam Brewery as they play iconic albums in their entirety. In Rebirth’s mind, the gang gets a bit wizarding and plays Stevie, Lyndsey, Mick, John and Christine’s classic album back to back.


Bigfatbig – Sunday 3:30 p.m.

An all-female group – you will be standing and dancing to the tunes of these Gen Z dreamers about falling in love with Love Island.

Market – Sunday 4:30 p.m.

These Hartlepool artists have firmly cemented their place in the wider North East music scene. Known to be as well dressed as to be able to party.

Kay Greyson – Sunday 5:30 p.m.

Back for a second round at the festival, this time on the Moon Stage, the Newcastle rapper Kay is back to spit a few verses on the big stage.

Jodie Nicolson – Sunday 6:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Jodie was first inspired by leaving her college town and returning to Tees Valley. After her debut in 2019, she quickly became a dean of the local music scene. Her melancholy, genre-bending pop has seen her perform on Radio One and is perfect for fans of London Grammar or Birdy, but with more vocal punch.

Michael Gallagher – Sunday 7:30 p.m.

After releasing two big stage rock anthems earlier this year, Hartlepool-born and raised musician Micky Gal is returning home to the Moon Stage. Come see why he’s somewhat of a Northeast legend. For fans of Sam Fender, The Kooks and Blur.

The Futureheads – Sunday 9 p.m.

Post-punk icons The Futureheads bring the festival to a close. You may remember their cover of Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, but after their set you will remember it even more.

A Hartlepool festival stage, with an artist and crowds of people
Hartlepool Waterfront Festival

The stage of events

Rime of the Submerged Forest by Jack of Hearts – Sat and Sun 2 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Originally developed as part of our Little Waterfront program in June, another section comes to life in the newly commissioned room.

String and Strong’s Great Big Game-A-Thon by Full Theater – Saturday – 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

String and Strong just can’t get along, but what if we could teach them how? To hold hands ? Share a laugh? What are the things that create a friendship? Join two String and Strong dancers as they create new sound and dance through touch and movement as they try to understand the world around them and each other.

Captive by Motion House – Saturday 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

After the year we had, we wanted to explore what it meant to be captive. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “The Panther”, this powerfully emotional outdoor show explores notions of captivity. Extremely physical, Captive is an exciting blend of dance and acrobatics that explores human relationships in captivity.

Let’s Circus On The Hoof by Let’s Circus – Sat – 4:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m. / Sun 2:15 p.m., 5 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

In a new commission supporting emerging circus artists from the North East, Let’s Circus is organizing a traveling cabaret show featuring some of our region’s most prominent talents. Expect horses and downforce in this first performance.

Family talk with Luca Rutherford – Saturday (various times)

Luca Rutherford wants to talk to you. . She wants to share spaces with you. In our brand new ‘Family Talk’, director Luca Rutherford will invite an adult and her child to a conversation, on an equal footing, to explore what we might learn from each other when taking on the roles of ‘parent’. and “child” are deleted.

Treemendous by Megabeast Productions – Sat and Sun 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Two forest creatures have heard the news of the arrival of the Holiday Goddess and have come to pay homage to her.

Wildflower by Curious Arts – Sunday 3:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

What does it mean to be a wild flower? Bloom wherever you are planted. A fun floral pop-up performance that celebrates being your vibrant and colorful self, even under the most challenging of conditions. Join the Wildflowers as they ride by on their flower trike, creating a welcoming environment where everyone can thrive.

What the turtle taught us from the flying buttresses – Sunday 2:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Meet Zelva, the incredible animatronic giant tortoise who has roamed the earth for hundreds of years, and now she wants to share her time with you. Listen and learn from Zelva … you can ask her anything and she will share her wisdom. She can even draw you a nice picture or give you her tortograph.

The Bewonderment Machine by A Bird in the Hand Theater – Sunday (various times)

The Bewonderment Machine is an artist-built bicycle carousel, kinetic public sculpture and magical journey for little kids.

Queens of the Tarot by Menstrual Rage Theater – Sat and Sun (various times)

Wands, Swords, Cups and Pentacles – Our queens have traveled kingdom after kingdom to welcome our goddess. Each queen is different, but all are united in their quest to make the prophecy come true. As part of HWF: Rebirth, we asked the Menstrual Rage Theater to design walking characters to liven up the festival space.

The campfire scene

Bróccán Tyzack-Carlin – Sat and Sun, times to be confirmed

The Hartlepool-born and raised bard went viral earlier this year with his poem about the Wesleys as part of our Little Waterfront.

Icons – Sat and Sun – 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m. / 9 p.m. Sun only

Four Drag Queens, performing the works of four iconic Divas. Expect our four Moon Sisters to bewitch and seduce you. Drag has been especially hard hit over the past 18 months, so it’s a pleasure to welcome these girls to the campfire stage to do what they do best – entertain a crowd!

Ian Horn – Sat and Sun – 4:15 p.m.

Ian is known as Footy Poet – specializing in words about the beautiful game. Coming from the East Coast of Durham, Ian will perform a selection of his works so that we can celebrate our Borough’s new season and a new chapter of our history.

Colly Metcalfe – Sat & Sun 4:15 p.m.

Colly Metcalfe is an oral artist, poet and actor. As a deaf artist finding new ways to share his voice, Colly to perform in BSL on three songs in British Sign Language

Women Poets Tees – Sat & Sun 6:15 p.m.

The absolute embodiment of the emancipation of women – join our witch sisters as they perform some of their works to celebrate our rebirth. Watch them leave offerings to the Goddess.

Iain Jay – Sat and Sun 7:15 p.m.

Iain Jay is the extraordinary Tees Valley side-show. News of the return of the Goddess reached Billingham and Iain set it on fire.

Lizzie Lovejoy – Sat 2:45 p.m. & Sun 8 p.m.

Lizzie Lovejoy is a local poet in the Tees Valley, as well as an illustrator whose work is available in the Hartlepool Art Gallery store. Her work is about who we are and all of those little things in life that make us who we are.

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