Cotton Clouds Festival – 16-17.8.19
So we’re well into the festival season, with the sunshine beaming down on Glastonbury this year, it seems everyone has the festival bug. I mean who wouldn’t want to get out out into a field with their pals, drink some warm beer and listen to some quality live music. These days it’s hard to know which to choose: step forward the Cotton Clouds Festival, at Saddleworth Cricket Club in Oldham on the 16th and 17th of August.
Having made its debut two years ago, this ever growing live music event is looking to become a permanent fixture on the festival circuit.This year’s lineup boasts an eclectic mix of music royalty, indie stalwarts and exciting new bands – there really is something for everyone.
Friday night sees a headline set from Peter Hook and the Light, performing the songs of Joy Division with a surefire, must see set. In addition we have Ash, who will bring over 20 years of anthems to the festival. There is also new sensation She Drew the Gun, who have been garnering huge critical success with their last album, Revolution of Mind.
Saturday sees a truly diverse set of bands play the festival, with dance music represented with The House & Garage Orchestra, electronica with 6Music presenter Mark Radcliffe’s latest offering Une. There will also be a performance from the always entertaining Reverend & the Makers and a solo outing for Charlatans front man Tim Burgess.
The day will be finished off with a headline set from bonafide legends, The Wailers, close the festival with a performance of some Bob Marley classics.With such an amazing line-up and loads of other bands spread over three stages you really can’t go wrong.
However it’s not just the top live music; Cotton Clouds offers so much more, including delightful food stalls, boasting some of the finest street food from all over the county and some great family activities that include fairground rides and arts and craft stalls enough to keep young and old entertained throughout the day.
Finally there are some unique, special attractions heading the festival’s way that include a performance by some musical robots (who I caught at Glastonbury and they were AMAZING!). There is also an intriguing charity venture called Band FC, which sees bands as football teams and vice-versa. Capping off the festivities is a Brazilian carnival by local arts project Global Groves: which is sure to bring a touch of colour and some Latino vibes to the festival.
So if you like your festival like your donuts with a huge dollop of “Jammin” and fancy a family festival that has something for everyone then stick your head in the Cotton Clouds!
Cotton Clouds festival takes place at Saddleworth Cricket Club in Oldham on 16th and 17th August.
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