Irish rockers U2 are set to receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The award is typically given to film directors, but this January (14) the other Bono and his bandmates will be feted for their "unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice," according to festival chairman Harold Matzner.

Previous recipients include Danny Boyle and Quentin Tarantino.

Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern and Tom Hanks will also be honoured at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in California.