Cotton Clouds Returns for 2019

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Great Line-Up Announced for Festival at Saddleworth

by Victoria Holdsworth

It’s always about this time of year that I can smell a change in the air – and it’s not just the turn of spring – it is the scent of festival season. How quickly it comes upon us, and if 2018 was anything to go by, then this year’s Cotton Clouds festival is going to be an absolute belter.

After attending last year, it is not hard to see why Cotton Clouds was nominated for ‘Best Small Festival’ and ‘Best Family Festival’ two years-in-a-row at the UK Festival Awards. It really is incredibly well-put-together and organised. The staff are super friendly and it isn’t extortionately overpriced. Cotton Clouds has sprung up, amidst the bucolic hills of the Peak District National Park, for the third time, and is now firmly established as one of the cosiest festival locations on the circuit.

Taking place across two days, on the 16th & 17th of August 2019, at the height of the British summer time, the festival is raising its game again to bring us a lofty line-up bursting with premiere pop picks, tantalising foodie treats, a magnificent new makers’ market, carnival curios, raving robots, and heaps more!

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“Freshest sounds”

Venturing into brave pastures new with the addition of a second day last year, the overwhelming response from revellers has only inspired the Cotton Clouds crew to bring us even more for its 2019 edition.

Some of the esteemed running order this year will be Peter Hook & The Light, with his back-catalogues of both New Order and Joy Division in his artillery. The legendary Wailers, who most people will recognise as the unequivocal daddies of the reggae genre and the amazingly smooth Alabama 3. The quality does not stop there either, as festival circuit regulars and princes of indie pop, Ash will be there to reacquaint you with your misspent youth, and Sheffield’s very own Reverend & The Makers, fronted as ever by the irrepressible Jon “The Reverend” McClure, airing hits from a back catalogue boasting five Top 20 hit albums including chart-slaying recent album The Death Of A King.

These are just a few of the established artists brimming with pop pedigree, with even more acts and some of the freshest sounds hovering on the horizon.

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The Wailers will be performing at Cotton Clouds 2019

“Some very special guests”

A man whose spiritual presence has been felt at Cotton Clouds since the very beginning, thanks to his delectable Tim Peaks Diner is back. The head-honcho himself, Tim Burgess of The Charlatans will be taking a break from the day-job to perform a set of his magnificent solo material, including picks from his star-studded recent release, As I Was Now.

This bijoux festival caters for everyone’s tastes, including the bizarre, weird and wonderful things you can find off the beaten path. This year also sees BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 DJ legend, author, musician and all-round gentleman, Mark Radcliffe hitting the festival for the first time, accompanied by electronica tech-head compadre Paul Langley, who will debut their experimental new electronic project, Mark Radcliffe’s Une

Some psychedelic-folk secrets will be being spilled by The Fernweh, and Oh My God! It’s The Church really do need to be seen to be believed. This group put on a church service where party is officially the new praising. An eye-popping, high-octane spectacle led by the revved-up Reverend Michael Alabama Jackson. This is one sermon that is sure to convert the most curmudgeonly doubting Thomas on site.

And if that wasn’t enough to whet your appetites, there will also be a set from some VERY special guests to be announced in due course… but mum’s the word from The Cotton Cloud guys for now.

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“Breath-taking vista”

Sumptuous street food stalls, pop-up bars and a real ale tent will all be on site to serve up the festival delicacies you need to keep you pepped-up throughout the day, and not only that, but exclusively in 2019, Cotton Clouds Festival will be cutting the ribbon on a brand new traders’ market. Inspired by the charming makers’ markets that have grown across Greater Manchester in recent years, this exciting new addition will feature a host of the finest local traders selling boutique gifts, arts & crafts for you to peruse amidst the pop.

With a friendly, family vibe, which is part-and-parcel of The Cotton Cloud festival experience, there will also be plenty to keep the ankle biters occupied, including the Musical Robots, arts and crafts, plus showing the grown-ups how it’s done, this year will see the debut of the Cotton Clouds’ kiddies rave. So expect only the very best kind of pandemonium to break out on this dancefloor.

The festival is situated in the old, industrial textile powerhouse of Saddleworth, and set against the breath-taking vista of the stunning Peak District National Park, just a short 30 minute trip by car or train west of Leeds.

Individual day tickets are available, but the full weekend is £75 plus booking fee. Get yours at The Cotton Clouds Official Website:

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