Situated in the picturesque setting of the Saddleworth hills, local festival Cotton Clouds is back and bigger than ever with a stellar lineup announced for 2019.
Now in its third year, the cosy local fest makes full use of its breathtaking Peak District National Park backdrop – and after being nominated for Best Small Festival and Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards for two years running, we can’t wait for Cotton Clouds’ third installation.
Split across two days, make sure you mark off the 16th and 17th August in your diary – and prepare for an awesome eclectic lineup of artists to descend upon Cotton Clouds’ three stages during the height of the British summer.
Headlining the two day weekender are none other than Peter Hook & The Light. Taking to the stage on Friday night, Northern rock royalty Hook has a huge back-catalogue of both New Order and Joy Division, so prepare to rock to to some all-time classics with a setlist including Love Will Tear Us Apart, Blue Monday, The Perfect Kiss, True Faith – and loads more.
And sharing the main stage with Peter Hook & The Light are reggae legends The Wailers. Tasked with getting every festival goer up dancing, the daddies of the reggae genre will headline as the the final act on Saturday night.
The Jamaican group have over 50 years worth of anthems to satisfy your needs. With their empowering and uplifting tracks including No Woman No Cry, Buffalo Soldier, Is This Love, Jamming, No Woman No Cry, Exodus and Could You Be Loved – this is one throwback you won’t want to miss.
Also set to feature on the 2019 lineup are a unrivalled group of artists which includes Ash, Reverend & The Makers, The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess and Alabama 3 and The House & Garage Orchestra.
Friday – Peter Hook & The Light, Ash, Alabama 3, The Mouse Outfit, She Drew The Gun, Saytr Play, Agbeko, The Maitlands, Callow Youth.
Saturday – The Wailers, Reverend & The Makers, The House & Garage Orchestra, Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Oh My God It’s The Church, Special Guests, Patawawa, Jordan Max, The Fernweh, Big Society, Liines, Secluded Sea, The Silver Field, Mark Radcliffe’s UNE, The C33s, Hey Bulldog, Coby Fletcher, La Mode, Dirty Laces, The People, Sam McGurk, Stereohaze, The Flatline.
The brainchild of local musical brothers Rick and Max, the pair decided to have a go at throwing their own festival having previously worked and performed at hundreds of festivals around the world over the past decade.
And in just three short years they’ve created a brilliant boutique family friendly festival with some serious village vibes and vibrant views.
Perfect for all ages, aside from the premium musical talent and new emerging artists set to wow audiences during the festival weekender – there are also a ton of other events to get stuck into over the weekend.
From mouth watering foodie treats to a magnificent new makers market – plus a carnival, raving robots, arts and crafts and a childrens rave – Cotton Clouds have thought of everything, so the whole family can make the most of the summer weekend shenanigans.
Boasting street food stalls, pop up bars and a dedicated real ale tent, prepare for a weekend of amazing festival food and booze to keep you fueled up and ready to party the night away.
Festival organisers have even pulled out all the stops by commissioning their own festival beer for the event – with Cotton Clouds Ale available on tap all weekend thanks to Donkey Stone Brewery.
And, exclusively for 2019, Cotton Clouds will be cutting the ribbon on their brand new Traders Market. Inspired by the charming makers markets across Greater Manchester, this new addition will host the finest local traders selling artisan gifts and arts and crafts.
For all the cool mums and dads out there who think the little ones deserve to rock out at a festival this summer just as much as you do – and for those of you who just couldn’t find a babysitter – there will be plenty on offer to keep the younger ones occupied.
With the Kiddies Rave ready for the little ones to show the grown-ups how it’s done, there will also be a bunch of techo-Terminators hitting up the festival with these musical robots putting on an awesome show for the little ones – as well as arts & crafts and an exciting evening carnival. It sounds like they’ll be having more fun than the adults!
Just a short 30 minute trip by train or car from Manchester city centre, Cotton Clouds Festival is quickly becoming an exciting new addition to the UK festival calendar – and is well worth checking out by any locals looking for an epic festival that won’t break the bank.
Costing £75 per person for an adult weekend pass, Friday tickets are priced at £33.00 while Saturday tickets cost £52.25. VIP packages and children tickets are also available. Infants under the age of five go free. Open from 5pm – 10pm on Friday 16th August 2019 and 12pm – 10pm on Saturday 17th August 2019. Saddleworth Cricket Club, Well-I-Hole Rd, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7HY.