Amp music awards return to Willowman Festival

YORKSHIRE’S leading rock talent programme is bringing its grand final back to the Willowman Festival in the summer.

The Amp Awards final will take place at the seventh Willowman Festival which takes place annually at Knayton, near Thirsk.

The award programme is a music and enterprise competition involving pupils and teachers from schools across Yorkshire with help from business sponsors, mentors and music industry experts.

As well as musical performance the competition gets pupils involved in managing live performance events including marketing, design, health and safety, hospitality and merchandising.

Each of the finalists, from regional heats held in Bradford, Doncaster, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield will perform 15 minutes of original material at the Willowman Festival in front of judges.

The 2016 winner will be announced from the stage after judges make their deliberations at the four-day festival which this year runs June 16-19.

Last year the title was won by Doncaster band Paradox Void who vowed judges with their brand of indie-rock.

The young bands will be performing on the same bill as Punk legends The Undertones, reggae stars Misty in Roots and veteran dance music act Stereo MCs.  Other acts on the bill include The Beat, James Taylor Quartet, The Real People and former Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley.

Now in its seventh 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 rock bottom.

The remaining second tier spring saver tickets are on sale for a budget-busting £70 (which includes four nights camping and free parking) at  Tickets for children aged 11 and under cost £2 to cover the cost of administration and wrist bands, while young people tickets (ages 12 to 16) are priced at just £60.  For full ticket prices please visit the festival website.