Joy Division’s Peter Hook for Willowman fest in North Yorks

Peter Hook and The Light.
Peter Hook and The Light.
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Indie legends Echo and The Bunnymen have been unveiled as co-headliners of this summer’s Willowman Festival in North Yorkshire.

Frontman Ian McCulloch and his band will join Peter Hook and The Light who will perform the best of Joy Division and New Order at the four-day festival in North Yorkshire which takes place from June 18-21.

It’s a real step up in terms of the bill for a festival which is known for being moderately-priced.

As well as tracks from their new album, Echo and the Bunnymen fans at Willowman Festival at the Hillside Rural Activities Park in Knayton, near Thirsk, can expect to hear a set packed full of classic tracks from early albums Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine and the seminal Ocean Rain.

Festival goers can also expect to hear Joy Division classics such as She’s Lost Control, Transmission and Love Will Tear Us Apart, alongside the best of New Order including Ceremony, True Faith and Blue Monday from Peter Hook and The Light.

Festival director Steve Williams said: “Echo and The Bunnymen had a fantastic 2014. After last year’s tours the band are super-tight and played some blinding sets which Willowman fans can look forward too in June. It’s going to be amazing.”

Another well-known name released as part of the line-up is new wave songstress Hazel O’Connor, who is gaining rave reviews for her latest live shows, including a successful appearance at Glastonbury Festival last year.

And festival circuit favourites Dreadzone and New Groove Formation have also been announced.

Early bird tickets are now on sale at www.willowmanfestival.co.uk