Willowman set to rock again

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THE Willowman Music Festival is back for a second year as it bids to establish itself as a ‘mini-Glastonbury’ for the North.

 The first three-day Willowman Festival was held last year at Lenthor Farm near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, attracting thousands of music fans from around the UK.

 The success of the festival led to it being short-listed for Best New Festival 2010 in the UK Festival Awards for its family approach and traditional festival atmosphere.

 This year the festival will be held over four days, from June 16 to 19, and will feature a host of home-grown talent.

 From the North East, Sunderland-based band Black Sun will bring their blend of edgy indie rock to the festival along with Durham rockers The Middens.

 Other Northern bands include Tyneside’s Monster Ceilidh Band, Be Quiet, Shout Loud from Teesside and Chased By Wolves.

 Headliners include System 7 which features former Gong guitarist Steve Hillage and Here And Now, which features ex-members of the seminal 1970s band.

 Other headline acts include Alabama 3, known for their title music in classic TV series The Sopranos, pop band Toploader, who have just reformed this year, and TV comedy star Ade Edmondson and his band The Bad Shepherds.

 Festival organiser Steve Williams said: “I saw a gap in the market for a smaller festival offering music fans a traditional atmosphere without the corporate feel that is taking over many music events across the UK.

 “Once again the event is designed to be family-friendly, and we expect music fans from across the UK to join us for a great four day party.”

 Other acts include Two-Tone heroine Pauline Black from Selector, folk band Endless Knot, dance trance outfit Subgiant and reggae and roots acts Goldheart Assembly and Easy Star All Stars.

 Also filling the bill are Sparrow and the Workshop, with acoustic music from Roy Harper’s son Nick Harper and local songstress Elaine Palmer. Dance tents will operate over the weekend with Hedfone Party, Instrument of Jah Reggae Sound System on one channel, DJ’s Prognosis and Dan Fantoni and favourite Banco de Gaia supplying music into the early hours of the morning.

l Tickets for the festival are available from www.willowmanfestival.co.uk at £70, including camping.

 Day tickets at £25 per adult are due on sale this month.