Pennine Border Hosts Second Cotton Clouds Festival

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Cotton Clouds Festival 17th & 18th August 2018


by Victoria Holdsworth

With the summer festival season in full swing, there are plenty of them to choose from around these parts, and many not more than an hour’s drive from your front door.

One of the more enticing is just teetering over the Pennines border. Situated at Saddleworth Cricket Club, the Cotton Clouds Festival returns after a stunning sold out debut, which saw it   shortlisted for Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards. It has grown so much in such a small amount of time that this year it has expanded into a two day extravaganza.

cotton clouds festival preview 2018 posterThe whole event is beautifully set against the picturesque vista of the Peak District National Park, and is a festival with its feet firmly off the ground. It hosts an eclectic line up of artists across three expertly curated stages, plus an array of activities on site for all ages. Cotton Clouds Festival promises something for everyone.

“Indie anthems”

Not your usual festival, because it starts on a Friday evening, and then continues the following day and goes through to the night, so there is no hassle of camping and tent dodging to get to the arenas. However there is camping available nearby, should you not be able to travel in every day.

Headlining the Cotton Clouds Main Stage on the Friday night will be The Lightening Seeds. The brainchild of legendary Liverpudlian songwriter and producer Ian Broudie, The Lightning Seeds have been an indisputable presence on the guitar pop landscape since their genesis in 1989. Bask in the warm glow of the likes of ‘Pure’, ‘Change’, ’Lucky You’, ‘The Life Of Riley’, and (if it’s not too soon after this year’s World Cup of course), ‘Three Lions’ as this seminal band are set to raise the roof.

Also on the Friday night, platinum-sellers The Pigeon Detectives will be swooping in with a fun-filled set of their renegade indie anthems. Riding high on the warm reception to their fifth studio album, 2017’s Broken Glances, the hard-working Leeds lads have been delivering the goods time and time again since their inception in 2004. Expect to hear new tunes and old favourites including ‘Take Her Back’, ‘This Is An Emergency’, ‘I Found Out’ and more.

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“Treats and refreshments”

Other Friday night acts include Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) & Krafty Kuts, Badly Drawn Boy, Cavana and Gareth Brooks (DJ Set), with Sister Sledge, Toploader, The Orielles, Average Sex, Hyde Park Brass, and many more acts.

Cotton Clouds also plays home to the festival famous Tim Peaks Diner, created by Tim Burgess from indie legends, The Charlatans, where there will be secret gigs lined up for its customers, as well as delicious treats and refreshments.

If you have kids too, this is a great place for them to really let their hair down, and also get into the festival fun, boasting a huge range or various activities, after the organisers teamed up with local arts organisation Global Grooves to bring a whole host of arts, crafts & musical happenings.

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“Inspiring the younger generation”

There’ll be drumming workshops, lantern making and an evening carnival procession through the festival site of some huge puppets, a fire breathing dragon (she’s called Bessie), illuminated dancers and drummers!

The kids will be able to make lanterns through the day and join in the procession in the evening, inspiring and engaging the younger generation (and the young at heart!).

If all that wasn’t enough for you, there will be lots of sumptuous street food stalls, pop up bars and a real ale tent, all be on site to serve up the festival delicacies you need to keep you grooving long into the evening. The festival will also be offering its first ever commissioned beer – collaboration with the local Donkeystone Brewery to produce the Cotton Clouds Ale, which will be sold alongside some of their other delicious beverages.

Whichever festival you decide to attend this year though, just stay safe and have fun. So what are you waiting for?

Cotton Clouds Festival, 17-18 August
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