Author: Andy

Willowman Festival ‘UK’s Best Value 4 Day Festival’

Indie legends Echo and The Bunnymen and Peter Hook and the Light head an eclectic line-up at the ‘UK’s best value festival’ in North Yorkshire.  The four-day family friendly Willowman Festival will once again take place at the Hillside Rural Activities Park in Knayton, near Thirsk, over the Solstice weekend between June 18 and 21. Billing itself as the ‘UK’s best value four-day music festival’, Willowman includes free parking, free camping and a range of real-ales at pub prices that would have your average CAMRA member smiling into their pint pot – all for just £85. As well as...

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Comedy antidote to election fever

Greens bar in Sunderland is holding a free comedy alternative for people fed up with election fever To counter the election marathon playing out across national TV on Thursday (Thursday, May 7) Greens has come up with an array of comedy talent guaranteed to lighten the mood. Headlining the event is veteran TV funny-man and Comedy Store regular Vladimir McTavish and Carl Hutchinson, who has just finished touring with stand-up comedian and actor Chris Ramsey who starred in BBC’s hit Hebburn. The supporting cast includes compère Christian Steel, funnyman Mike Holford and light-hearted musician John Thorley in what promises...

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Skeletal Family added to Willowman Festival

KEIGHLEY ‘goth-rock’ band Skeletal Family have been added to the bill of the Willowman Festival in North Yorkshire. The four-day festival is headlined by Echo and the Bunnymen and Peter Hook and the Light with Skeletal Family a late addition on the new bigger Acoustic stage. Skeletal Family was formed in Keighley, and was nationally popular in the 1980s. Since reforming, the group has collected many new fans and has toured America. Skeletal Family were part of a succession of Yorkshire bands that were at the vanguard of the original ‘goth rock’ movement including Sisters of Mercy, The March...

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Acoustic tent grows at Willowman Festival

The Willowman Festival has unveiled details of its new expanded acoustic tent for 2015. The acoustic shows will now take place in a large Bedouin-style Berber tent with an array of talent including guitar George Borowski. As well as the acoustic shows the bigger tent will host a comedy bill and for the first time the grand final of the Amp Awards which showcases music talent from schools across Yorkshire. Alongside Guitar George Borowski on the acoustic stage will be Alice Jordon, Del Scott Miller and the Last Million Men, Karl and the Marx Brothers, Laura Kelly, Pocket Full...

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Lindisfarne launch new line-up at intimate gig

Folk rock legends Lindisfarne will launch a new chapter in the band’s career with an ‘up close and intimate’ gig in North Yorkshire this weekend. (SUNDAY MAY 3) The show at Masham Town Hall will be the first to feature original member Rod Clements since his return to the fold earlier this year. He was invited back after founder member Ray Jackson announced his retirement in January following the last string of Christmas concerts at Newcastle City Hall. Rod said: “It’s wonderful to be back and rehearsals have gone really well. There’s a great mood in the camp and...

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