HARDWICKE Circus have announced the line-up of local acts that will be sharing the stage with them at this month's triple-header in Carlisle.

The rock 'n' roll seven-piece have headline shows at The Source Collective, in the Atlas Works, on Friday August 24, Saturday 25, and Sunday 26 as they bid to raise enough funds for a new tour bus.

They have assembled a host of well-known Cumbrian favourites to provide the support each night.

The first show will see solo acoustic artist Marblmoon play an opening set of stripped-back songs, followed by fast-rising indie outfit Sugarspun, who recently impressed on their Kendal Calling debut in front of a packed Yam Riot stage audience.

Dan Mason of Carlisle indie pop band mylittlebrother will be playing a live set before the headliners take to the stage.

The next two shows take the same format, with three support acts performing alternating between the café and the main stage.

Saturday 25 gets under way with an acoustic performance by Joe Hurst, followed by the visit of highly-regarded Dumfries rockers The Lutras, and a rare outing for local indie act Treacle.

And on Sunday 26, young Whitehaven indie band The Northern Threads play a set of originals to kick things off, followed by acoustic pop trio The Postcard Band, and a debut outing for local alt rockers Carvetii.

Hardwicke Circus will close the show each night with a full-length performance featuring their epic indie, rock and soul numbers, and some well-known covers.

The band have made huge strides in recent years, being featured on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music, and appearing at events such as Glastonbury and the Reading and Leeds Festival.

Stepping up their ambitions to become a top live outfit nationwide, to make the next step up, they need to improve their touring set-up.

An estimated £10,000 is needed to buy the bus, and a further £8,000 required to fit it out - so the band are concentrating all their efforts on raising funds. All the money raised from these three shows will go into the tour bus fund.

The concerts start at 8pm each night, and tickets are available from www.fatsoma.com/hardwicke-circus