A field in North Yorkshire is set to be turned into a huge open air disco when BBC DJ Craig Charles brings his Funk and Soul Show to The Willowman Festival.

He will be joined by Smoove and Turrell who will bring their brand of ‘Northern Funk’ to the festival which the duo describe as a contemporary fusion of Northern Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Funk.

The two acts will top off what has been dubbed Funky Friday with festival-goers encouraged to dress in 70s outfits for the evening.

The iconic reggae sound of Bob Marley will also be ‘Jammin’ them in at this year’s Willowman Festival with a Saturday night bill-topping appearance by The Wailers.

The appearance of The Wailers is expected to draw the biggest crowd yet to the family friendly festival which is set to take place June 19 to 22, at Hillside Rural Activities Park in Knayton, near Thirsk.

Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide and in England alone, they notched up over 20 chart hits, including iconic tunes such as Jamming, One Love, No Woman No Cry and Buffalo Soldier.

smoove and turrell at willowman festivalNow in its fifth year, The Willowman Festival has gained a national reputation for offering an eclectic line up of both new and established artists, while keeping ticket prices affordable.

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Festival director Steve Williams said: “Every time Craig has been to Yorkshire he has had venues jumping. We are planning to make Willowman a huge open air disco for the night and everyone is invited to don their whackiest funky ‘fros and flairs’ fancy dress, with prizes for the best.”

the blockheads at willowman festivalThe reformed classic punk and dub reggae band Ruts DC will also perform on the Friday night on a weekend bill which also includes Icicle Works frontman Ian McNabb, The Blockheads and festival crowd pleaser Radical Dance Faction who make a return visit to Willowman.

Mountain of Love, featuring two founding members of Alabama 3, are also on the line-up as well as up and coming psychedelic band New Electric Ride, who create a 60s brand of music influenced by early Pink Floyd and The Byrds.

Pikey Beatz meanwhile make a welcome return with their crowd pleasing dance roots reggae style and making their debut are Avalanche Party which recently formed by members of two local bands The Chapman Family and 3 foot Ninja.

Tickets are available for a limited period at £65 (which includes four nights camping) online www.willowmanfestival.co.uk