Wearside band Moonrunners will be flying the Sunderland flag at this year’s Willowman Festival in North Yorkshire.

Last year Sunderland-based bands BEAK, Hyde & Beast and The Lake Poets performed at the three-day festival along with Natasha Hawes from South Tyneside.

The four-piece Moonrunners will performing on the same bill as New Model Army, The Wonder Stuff and The Orb sound system at eclectic family friendly festival which is once again set to take place near the town of Northallerton in North Yorkshire.

The three-day event will run over the summer solstice weekend from the 20th to the 23rd of June, attracting thousands of music fans from across the UK.

Formed in 2009, MoonRunners are a female fronted indie-rock band who last year were named UK’s Student Band of the Year 2012 in a national competition. The band are made up of  Jordan Deehan on vocals, Nathan Hughes on guitar, Owen Morgan on bass and  John Timney on drums.

Wearside rock fans can support the band at Willowman by getting their hands on cut price early bird tickets at Hot Rats records in Sunderland which has a limited number of weekend tickets to the North’s own ‘mini-Glastonbury’ for just £50!

The festival is run by Northallerton-based musician and promoter Steve Williams, who is the ex-musical director of Scotland’s successful Wickerman Festival.  The festival is staged at Hillside Rural Activities Park outside Northallerton which has excellent car access, parking and a built in drainage system.

Steve said: “Every year we strive to focus on regional talent and this year is no exception with Moonrunners and The Lindsay Tin from South Shields flying the flag for the North East.”

This year’s bill is topped by The Wonder Stuff who have enjoyed a career spanning three decades notching up top 40 hits like Golden Green, Size of a Cow and Caught in my Shadow along the way.  This was topped by their cover of Dizzy with comedian Vic Reeves which hit the number one spot back in 1991. The band split back in 1994 but regrouped in 2000 and have been regulars on the major festival circuit ever since.

They will be joined on the bill by post-punk rockers New Model Army who will be making the short journey from their native Bradford to grace the main stage.

Also on the bill is Liverpudlian band Space who shot to fame and chart success in the 90s with hits like The Female of the Species, Neighbourhood and the memorable Ballad of Tom Jones.

The Orb Soundsystem will be performing on the Friday (21) night of the festival. Headed up by dance music pioneer Alex Patterson, the Orb Soundsystem will offer a rare treat to fans of intelligent electronic beats.

Adding yet more rare ingredients to the Willowman melting pot London based, The Men They Couldn’t Hang will entertain the Willowman faithful with their legendary folk punk set. Rated highly by John Peel, The Men They Couldn’t Hang have a die-hard following stretching back to the mid eighties.

Other acts include Welsh based electro punk rockers Sicknote, festival stalwarts Radical Dance Faction and hotly tipped prog-rockers Syd Arthur. Also confirmed are Nucleus Roots, Sarah Gillespie, Flutatious, This Ground Moves, Rosie, Driven Serious, Thatcher’s Bush, Annie Dressner, Little fire, Weird Shapes, Purple Mafia, and Silver Trees.

Early bird tickets are currently on sale priced at £50 per adult including camping and parking, while family tickets are priced at £160. For further details on the festival line up and early bird ticket offer visit www.willowmanfestival.co.uk

Or call into Hot Rats records on St Mary’s Place or call 0191 567 2099