FESTIVAL fans can now buy day-tickets for Willowman for the first time.

The music festival, which started in 2010, takes place at Hillside Rural Activities Park in Knayton, near Thirsk, over the Solstice weekend between June 15 and 18.

Aswad

This year the line-up includes global chart-toppers Soul II Soul, international DJ Judge Jules and reggae stars Aswad, as well as a full supporting cast.

Previously only weekend tickets were available for the four-day festival but for the first time £35 day tickets are for sale for the Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are available at a number of outlets across the region or can bought online at www.willowmanfestival.co.uk.

Festival goers will be entertained by superstar DJ Judge Jules, the former Kiss FM and Radio 1 DJ who pioneered house and trance music in the 90s and was voted No. 1 DJ in the world by DJ Magazine.

Judge Jules will join soul and funk pioneers Soul II Soul who became household names back in 1989 with the chart success of dance anthems such as Keep On Moving’ and ‘Back To Life’.

Also taking to the stage will be reggae stars Aswad, who had a run of hits in the 1980s and 90s, Transglobal Underground, reggae legends Zion Train and world festival stars Slamboree.

Funke and the Two Tone Baby

Transglobal Underground

A full supporting cast of bands and musicians include Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Hip Hop Hooray, Serinette, The Red Paintings, Beans on Toast, Blackballed and The Smokin’ Coconuts.

As well as family activities, the festival also boasts a bar selling local and national real ales at sensible prices and there is a dance tent and acoustic tent, with a range of music playing each day.

Despite many small festivals shutting down in 2016 or taking a fallow year in 2017, Willowman has gone from strength to strength.

Real Ales

Festival Director Steve Williams said: “Every year the festival has grown as we build a reputation for fun, friendliness and great music.  We also have some of the best real ale on offer plus ciders, lagers and wine making it practically a real ale festival too.

“Working together with security we have ironed out a few issues that made selling day tickets a challenge but now we are happy to say we can welcome those who want to enjoy the music on offer, but who perhaps prefer their own bed at the end of the evening.”

Full weekend tickets are on sale for £70 (which includes four nights camping and free parking) at www.willowmanfestival.co.uk

Tickets for children aged 11 and under cost £2 to cover the cost of administration and wristbands, while young people tickets (ages 12 to 16) are priced at £60.00.