This September sees the first-ever Stanhope Weekender, a live music event in the heart of Stanhope, Weardale. The event, which takes place at Stanhope Showground this weekend, has a great line-up of live music accompanied by fantastic food and drink. The event organisers plan on expanding the festival into a multiple-day event in 2022, showcasing a wide range of artists, food, camping and more, building on its foundation year.

The festival features music from various genres, including Ska, Punk, Mod, Dance and Soul, with the sizzling hot 1950’s R&B combo, The Revolutionaires, headlining.

The Revolutionaires have established themselves across the UK and Europe on the Rock circuits and were originally influenced by the 1940s and 1950’s R&B, particularly Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry.  However, they have adopted a harder and more aggressive approach synonymous with modern blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jools Holland and Mike Henderson, which helps create their own high energy sound.

The band have toured extensively both home and abroad, performing at festivals with artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Sting, Tom Jones, Jimmie Vaughan, The Mavericks and Dave Edmunds. Ed Stephenson, frontman of the band, said: “We are thrilled to be invited to play at The Stanhope Weekender Music Festival! We have a great following from the Weardale area and are already hearing excellent things about having a festival back in Stanhope.  We can’t wait to play for everyone.”

The nine-band line-up also includes live music from Beyond Madness, Fake Charles Funk DJ, Keith Martin Radio Soul DJ, Godzz of War, Michael Rice, Monkey Punch, Celtic Man and Jessie Dale.


Day Tickets are £10.00, and Camping Tickets are £22.50. Tickets can be purchased online at: or on the day at the venue.

The Stanhope Weekender takes place on Saturday 25th September 2021 at Stanhope Showground, Unthank Park, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, DL13 2PQ. Gates will open at 1 PM with live music until 11 PM.