Cotton Clouds Festival

Featuring a stratospheric line up and set amidst the heavenly vista of the stunning Peak District National Park, Cotton Clouds is a wonderful new addition to the UK festival calendar. Taking place on 12th of August and boasting a bill that’s simply bursting with pop pedigree, the one-day extravaganza in Saddleworth (Greater Manchester) will host radiant performances from the likes of The Coral, The Sugarhill Gang, Nick Heyward, The Whip, PINS, Everly Pregnant Brothers, Clint Boon (DJ set)  and many more.

A brand new festival for 2017, conjured up from the blue-sky thinking of brothers Max & Rick Lees and local entrepreneur Luke Stanley, this summer you are invited to leave your troubles behind and pop your head amongst the Clouds for a day of idyllic escapism and top-flight entertainment.

Hosting 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.

With over two decades of timeless songwriting and 8 celebrated albums now to their name, Cotton Clouds is delighted to announce that The Coral will honour the Main Stage as festival headliners. Currently touring with the wispy psychedelia of their critically-acclaimed latest long-player “Distance Inbetween”, and with a back catalogue teeming with balmy and beatific indie pop hits such as “Dreaming of You”, “In The Morning”, “Pass It On”, “Jacqueline” and more, the wondrous Wirralers are in prime position to put you on cloud 9 this August.

With hopes-up for a red sky on the night, there’ll most certainly be Rappers Delight as US hip hop supremos The Sugarhill Gang bring their ground-breaking 1979 hit and a host of other treats to the main stage earlier in the evening. Plus a man who knows all the hallmarks of a Fantastic Day when he sees one from his years captaining Beckenham new-wave faves Haircut 100, Nick Heyward will be encouraging all to don their Favourite Shirts and join him for a sing-along through his time-tested Top 10 singles and highlights from his illustrious pop career.

Elsewhere on site, there’s a whirl of home-spun talent from the Northwest to be found with some dancefloor domination compliments of The Whip, eclectic and esoteric ukulele escapades with the Everly Pregnant Brothers, plus full throttle rulebook-ripping outings from rockers The Blinder and Cupids.

With artists sweeping in from all across the country and beyond, the inaugural festival promises a day of engaging end-to-end performances across an outdoor Main Stage, plus two indoor stages expertly curated by firmly established festival favourites Tim Peaks Diner (of Tim Burgess/Charlatans fame) and Jimmy’s Manchers (the much hyped new bar-de-force from One Night Only).

Bringing Jimmy’s stage to a close, punch-packing Manchester four piece Pins promise to see out proceedings with lashings of their goose-pimple inducing punk;
whereas over at the Tim Peaks Stage expect a headline set of dazzling future pop from the feverishly hyped The Rhythm Method.

Plus, ensuring the top tunes continue to pump from the Main Stage soundsystem all day long, Clint Boon and Gareth Brooks will be taking to the decks between sets to spin you some of their favourite good-time anthems.

Looking to the horizon, Cotton Clouds also pledges to provide a platform for the next generation of talent threatening to brew up a storm in the not-to-distant future. Cherry-picking some of the most electrifying breaking bands from across the Northwest, this year’s festival will also welcome scintillating sets across the festival from the likes of: Stillia, Gardenback, York’s own Hello Operator, Howling Rhythm & The Howling Horns, Ethan & The Reformation, Shadow Palace, The Sundowners, The G-O-D, Tear, Nev Cottee, Yucatan, Colour Me Wednesday, and Proletariat.

Tickets are priced at £39.00 plus booking fee and will be available on the Cotton Clouds website on Friday 21 April from 9am. Further information can be found on the festival website.

Speaking about the debut festival the Lees brothers said:

“Having played and worked at many festivals across the UK and Europe over the last 8 years we’ve built up the knowledge and contacts to finally make this work. Saddleworth is a beautiful setting for a festival and has a rich musical heritage but there hasn’t been a music event of this scale here since The Jam played here in 1979. We hope to build a reputable event that becomes part of the UK festival scene over the coming years.”


Cotton Clouds Festival takes place at Saddleworth Cricket Club, Lancashire on Saturday 12 August.