Bristol roots reggae pioneers Talisman will play this year’s Willowman Festival following in the footsteps of last summer’s headliners The Wailers.
Talisman are one of the UK’s top British Roots Reggae bands from the late 70’s and early 80’s and are continuing a Willowman tradition of attracting the best in dub and reggae with past festivals playing host to Dreadzone, Wayne MacArthur, The Rythmites , The Beat, Ezy Star All-Stars, Radical Dance Faction, Jeremiah Farrari and Ruts DC.
The band’s prowess back in the day earned them support slots with acts as diverse as Burning Spear, The Clash and Killing Joke, while they even bagged the support slot to The Rolling Stones back in 1982 at Bristol City FC’s Ashton Gate stadium.
Their first single Dole Age is an urban reggae classic which was re-released as part of a reggae collection in 2011 when the band reformed. Since then they have toured extensively and in 2013 released their new studio album I-Surrection.
Talisman join a bill at Willowman Festival which includes headliners Echo and the Bunnymen and Peter Hook and The Light, as well as Dreadzone, Hazel O’Connor, New York-based ska band The Toasters, Astralasia and New Groove Formation.
Now in its sixth year, The Willowman Festival has gained a national reputation for offering an exciting line up of both new and established artists, while keeping ticket prices rock bottom.
The four-day family friendly festival will once again take place at the Hillside Rural Activities Park in Knayton, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire over the Solstice weekend between June 18 and 21.
Other acts include The Alan Hull Songbook, Goldblade, Legendary DJ Andy Kershaw, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Pearl Handle Revolver, The Jeff Green Project, Ferocious Dog, Neck, The White Negroes, Charlotte Yanni Band, Louise Petit, Big Red and the Grinners and the fantastically named The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican.
Spring special tickets are now on sale for a budget-busting £75 (which includes four nights camping and free parking) at www.willowmanfestival.co.uk Full price tickets for the festival will be £85, children 11 and under go free, while young people tickets (ages 12 to 16) are priced at £40.
Willowman Festival was nominated in four categories in the UK Festival Awards 2014. Best Small, Best Roots and Best Family Festival as well as Best Toilets.