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Hardwicke Circus to headline Workington Christmas Festival

[T]alented, up and coming band Hardwicke Circus is set to headline at Workington’s Christmas Festival on 2nd December 2017.

Hardwicke Circus is fast building a reputation as one of the most vibrant rock bands to emerge from the UK in recent years. Their blues-rock sound brings comparisons with the brio of the E Street Band or Southside Johnny and the dark passion of classic Doors, but with plenty of British authenticity and with a hint of Dexy’s in their horn-laden attack.

“It’s a very visual thing, and I think people like to see the seven of us on stage,” avows lead singer and chief songwriter Jonny Foster. “You don’t really find that in modern bands. I’ve always liked the big band and I always aspired to play in one, with cinematic songs. To have seven people channel that same vision, I think we’re really lucky.”

Proudly based in the historic town of Carlisle, they travel around in a police riot van playing shows in clubs, colleges, theatres and prisons.  These past few years they have played over 200 shows including gigs at Glastonbury Festival, Reading & Leeds Festival, and support shows with The Boomtown Rats and the Alabama 3 around the UK and Ireland.

They also have their own brand of award winning coffee; created by Bruce & Luke’s, whose Foxes Café in Carlisle has long been a favourite haunt of Jonny’s. “They started doing their own coffee blend, so we had this idea of making a Hardwicke Circus coffee, something that will kick-start your day. When we’re packing the van in the early hours, it focuses the mind and feeds the energies. It’s just been awarded a Great Taste award, two stars, and in the food world that’s prestigious. So it’s very exciting.”

The Christmas Festival will run from 10am-6.30pm on Saturday 2nd December in Workington Town Centre, Murray Road and Finkle Street and will also offer a Christmas market, fun fair, face painting, arts & crafts, storytelling, Clip ‘n’ Climb, Santa’s Grotto, magic shows, puppets and Superheroes.

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