FESTIVAL NEWS: Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth Cricket Club, 12th August 2017

FEATURING: The Coral, The Sugarhill Gang, Nick Heyward, The Whip, Everly Pregnant Brothers, PINS, The Blinders, Cupids, Clint Boon 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 – THE CORAL – will honour the Main Stage as festival headliners in 2017. 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 BLINDERS 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 MANCHESTER (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, 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.


With splendour aplenty to be found for big kids on the bill, there’ll also be plenty for the little ones too. The festival’s children’s activities area will be offering the nippers plenty of creative kicks, fun face painting, bold and brassy badge-making, arts and crafts classes and much more.


Specially selected street food stalls, pop up bars and a real ale tent will be landing at the festival for the entire duration, serving all manner of tantalising tastes and delectable drinks sure to cater to your every fancy.


The inaugural Cotton Clouds festival is brought to you by the Lees brothers, Rick & Max, a pair who know more than a-thing-or-two about good times and great festivals. Having initially played festivals the world over as members of thunderous rock & roll outfit Twisted Wheel, in latter years the two have instead opted to put their guitars back in the rack to take up greater roles in helping to establish the touring Tim Peaks Diner at major UK festivals up and down the country, plus launching the runway success club night Howling Rhythm in Manchester. Returning home inspired by their travels and teaming up with local entrepreneur Luke Stanley, Rick & Max are hoping to start new musical adventures for others at the very place that began their own as the inaugural Cotton Clouds Festival takes flight later this year.

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.”


Tickets are priced at £39.00 + BF and will be available on the Cotton Clouds Website on Friday 21st April from 9 AM: http://www.cottoncloudsfestival.com/


Situated in the old, industrial textile powerhouse of Saddleworth and set against the breathtaking vista of the stunning Peak District National Park, Cotton Clouds Festival is just a short 30 minute trip by car or train east of Manchester.

By Car / Foot: – Address: Saddleworth Cricket Club, Well-I-Hole Rd, Greenfield, Oldham OL3 7HY

By Rail: – Nearest train station: Greenfield Station, OL3 7JZ

One fine day, three top stages and a heap of stellar acts – the full line up features…


The Coral

The Sugarhill Gang

Nick Heyward

The Whip

Everly Pregnant Brothers




+ Clint Boon + Gareth Brooks (DJ Sets)



Howling Rhythm & The Howling Horns

The Blinders

Hello Operator

Ethan & The Reformation

Shadow Palace


The Rhythm Method

The Sundowners

The G-O-D


Nev Cottee


Colour Me Wednesday


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