South Shields acts Bessie and the Zinc Buckets and Charlotte Yanni Band playing Yorkshire music festival

Charlotte Yanni Band, from South Shields, are playing at the Willowman music festival in North Yorkshire.
Charlotte Yanni Band, from South Shields, are playing at the Willowman music festival in North Yorkshire.

South Tyneside musicians will be taking the stage at a major music festival.

Bessie and the Zinc Buckets and the Charlotte Yanni Band are set to perform at the Willowman music festival in North Yorkshire next weekend.

The bands, from South Shields, will share the bill with Echo and the Bunnymen, Peter Hook and the Light, Hazel O’Connor and Dreadzone.

Other North East talent on the bill includes Sunderland’s Frankie & the Heartstrings.

Joining them is The Alan Hull Songbook, which will see Lindisfarne’s Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson perform a range of classics from Alan’s back catalogue.

This is the second year on the row that Bessie and the Zinc Buckets have played Willowman Festival.

South Shields band Bessie and the Zinc Buckets are playing at the Willowman music festival in North Yorkshire.

South Shields band Bessie and the Zinc Buckets are playing at the Willowman music festival in North Yorkshire.

They were invited back after a crowd pleasing performance in 2014.

The band’s appearance will also see a large South Tyneside presence at the festival with tickets selling well in the borough.

The four-day family friendly festival will take place at the Hillside Rural Activities Park in Knayton, near Thirsk, over the Solstice weekend between Thursday, June 18 and Sunday, June 21.

Festival director Steve Williams said: “The Bessies tore the roof off the Willow Wobbly stage last year so we have promoted them to the main stage for 2015. According to our online ticket software South Tyneside is proving to be a real hotspot of Willowman fans so it’s only right that we reward that with a bit of local talent.

According to our online ticket software South Tyneside is proving to be a real hotspot of Willowman fans so it’s only right that we reward that with a bit of local talent.

Steve Williams, Willowman Festival director

“It’s also great to welcome French singer-songwriter and adopted Sandancer Charlotte Yanni and her band too, who seem to be winning over more and more fans with every live performance.

“This year is shaping up to be the biggest Willowman yet.

“I though last year would be hard to beat with The Wailers topping the bill but this year’s line-up has really caught the imaginations of music fans.”

Other talent from the region performing at the Willowman Festival includes Big Red and the Grinners, Ashington’s The Carl Cape Band, Shoot the Poet and White Negroes from Hartlepool and Martha from Durham.

Tickets cost £85, including four nights camping and parking. Children aged 11 and under go free, and tickets for those aged 12 to 16 cost £40.

To book, go to www.willowmanfestival.co.uk.