A Russian music fan has travelled thousands of miles to North Yorkshire to get spaced out to his favourite band.

Denis Burov has left his home in Moscow to make the 2,034 mile journey to the Willowman Festival near Northallerton to see his idols Space this weekend.

The alternative rock band from Liverpool had a string of hits in the late 1990s including Female of the Species and The Ballad of Tom Jones before finally splitting in 2005.

The band had a cult following in Russia where Denis works with a digital media company in Moscow.  Since reforming in 2011 Space have played a number of festival around Europe and will be headlining the Willowman Festival (www.willowmanfestival.co.uk) this Friday night (JUNE 21).

Denis said: “Space was one of my favourite bands in late 90s.  When I heard they had reformed I checked the official Space website and found they were playing at The Willowman Festival.

“I bought my festival tickets and flight tickets and here I am. I am staying in London to catch up with old friends and then I get the train to Yorkshire.

“This is the first time I have seen the band and my first time at the Willowman Festival so I am really looking forward to my trip.”

North Yorkshires Willowman festival has always attracted people from the length and breadth of the British Isles but this year the summer solstice event is pulling in an audience from much further afield.

Festival director Steve Williams explained “After a recent check of our online ticket sales we noticed that we had sold weekend passes to people in Thailand and Singapore, as well as Denis coming from Russia.

“We feel that our event is now firmly cemented on the UK summer festival calendar and these far flung ticket sales demonstrate what a strong line-up we have booked for this year. All of our guests will get a warm welcome when they arrive at our site next weekend and we have a special surprise arranged for Denis which involves his musical heroes.”

Closer to home the pupils from Northallerton college art department have been making musical instruments from cardboard and chicken wire. The project is aimed at building closer links between local communities and the festival.

Willowman press officer Sid Ambrose commented “It is really important to involve schools and local organisations in events like Willowman, it gives everyone a chance to build towards a big event and learn new skills, one of the pupils has even built a steampunk guitar to tie in with our 2013 site décor and fancy dress theme.”

For those attending the 2013 Willowman festival they will be treated to four days of entertainment spread over four stages. Highlights of the June weekend include The Wonder Stuff, Space, New Model Army and The Orb Soundsystem.

Now in its fourth year this North Yorkshire festival has gained a positive reputation for its handpicked line up which manages to successfully blend well known Veteran acts with emerging talent from around the country. It is also being recognised as a value for money event with competitive ticket prices and quality food and drink at affordable prices.

Willowman will take place at Hillside Rural Activities Park near Thirsk from the 20th to the 23rd June.

Tickets are priced at £70 per adult for the four days which includes camping and parking – children under 16 go free. Tickets are available from the ticket office on site.

For more information on the festival visit www.thewillowmanfestival.co.uk