‘MIGHTY Redcar’ star Dylan Cartlidge is among the host of renowned performers, comedians and top musicians who will flock to North Yorkshire later this month.

A park near Thirsk will soon be taken over by thousands of families, music fans and entertainers as this year’s Deer Shed Festival returns.

The popular event, considered to be one of the country’s best family-friendly festivals, will see audiences enjoy an eclectic programme of events between Friday, July 26 and Sunday, July 28.

The Wedding Present, Anna Calvi, Ezra Furman, Slow Readers Club and Akala are among the musicians who will take to the stage at the tenth incarnation of the festival, which has a ‘Generation XYZ’ theme.

Redcar singer and songwriter Dylan Cartlidge will perform on the In the Dock stage, ahead of hotly-tipped bands including raucous rock act Fontaines DC.

The Teessider, who will be taking to the stage just weeks after appearing at Glastonbury, attracted legions of fans after his quest to succeed as a musician was broadcast live to the nation in Mighty Redcar.

He credits the documentary with changing his life and helping him to get across a message of ‘hope above adversity’, a sentiment he is hoping to spread further at Deer Shed, with a setlist that will capture his desire to give people “songs to shake their booty to” while providing them with “something a bit deeper” that could help them through hard times.

Dylan said: “When I was going through issues myself and felt I had nobody to turn to, music helped.

“It can be a friend, a consoler and it means many things to many people – connecting to that is a big part of what I do.”

The singer is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform so close to home and said he was grateful for all of the support given to him by fans in the region over the years, adding: "I get stopped in the street more now than I did and I find it strange but reassuring that people take the time to be nice to me.

He added: “I’m really excited about playing and looking forward to seeing a different side of the local area and its music scene.

“The festival’s in a really beautiful part of the country and the fact it’s family-friendly will mean it’s an experience beyond just the music.

“When I was in my old band, Deer Shed was one of the festivals that we dreamed we could play if we worked hard enough and it’s an absolute honour to have been invited.”

Away from the music, crowds can dive into a variety of different events, with theatrical performances, dance shows, sporty sessions, workshops and book clubs among the family-friendly activities taking place over the weekend.

The Big Top Stage will play host to well-known comics including Reginald D Hunter, Milton Jones, Nina Conti, Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Middlesbrough’s Patrick Monahan.

Tickets for the event include camping and are priced at £165 for adults, £50 for six to 15-year-olds and £20 for three to five-year-olds. Under twos go free. For more information and the full line-up, visit deershedfestival.com.