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

Last tickets remaining. Last line-up announcements


With Cotton Clouds set to eclipse expectations with sell-out first formation – the last few tickets now remain only online, available to purchase via the official festival website.

Due to overwhelming demand, less than 200 tickets now remain for the inaugural Cotton Clouds Festival – the all new one day festival set amidst the vales and hills of the stunning Peak District National Park.

Conjured up from the blue-sky thinking of organisers and local lads Max & Rick Lees along with fellow entrepreneur Luke Stanley, the Cotton Clouds trio invite you to join them for a day of idyllic escapism and top-flight entertainment.

Taking place on 12th of August and boasting stratospheric 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….

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…


Cotton Clouds is delighted to announce new additions – ROGUE EMPEROR – will be joining the line up gathered on the Main Stage. The emerging Manchester supergroup comprise a dazzling collaboration between former Elbow drummer Richard Jupp and Doves keyboardist Martin Rebelski. The pair are joined by 1,2,3,4’s guitarist Mike TV – who can often be found backing Badly Drawn Boy – and renowned session bassist Ollie Collins.

Speaking on Rogue Emperor’s soaring atmospheric sound, Jupp expands:

“Make no mistake, this is dance music. It’s designed for the dancefloor – its electronic but with our own take on it. It’s a seriously big sound and we can’t wait to play it live to an audience.”

Rogue Emperor’s debut single is called Holy Ghost, mixed by Doves guitarist/producer Jez Williams, is available from www.rogueemperor.com


Specially selected street food stalls, pop up bars and a real ale tent will be augmenting your experience, serving all manner of tantalising tastes and delectable drinks sure to cater to your every fancy…

Did someone say drinks? We’ll have you covered with our fully stocked bar & the addition of a special Prosecco bar courtesy of Prosecco At Tiffany’s!

Tim Peaks Diner has proved a real festival favourite over the past 6 years. We are honoured to welcome Tim Burgess’ legendary diner to the very first Cotton Clouds Festival. From damn fine coffee to mind-blowing secret sets. You never know who you might bump into!

We’re also looking forward to being joined by Grandpa Greene’s Luxury Ice Cream – it doesn’t get much better than sunshine, music and ice-cream! And for those conscientious consumers ISpice will be bringing their delicious fresh vegan street food to Cotton Clouds!


Committed to creating a festival “we can all be proud of”, our Cotton Clouds organisers have pledged to donate funds to the Manchester Arena Bombing appeal, as well as the British Tinnitus Association, in memory of Greenfield based Craig Gill, former drummer with the Inspiral Carpets.

Having initially played festivals the world over as members of thunderous rock & roll outfit Twisted Wheel, Rick & Max Lees have instead opted to put their guitars back in the rack to take up greater roles in helping to establish Cotton Clouds Festival.

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.”


Offering something for all the family, there’ll also be loads to keep the kids occupied at Cotton Clouds Festival 2017. Whether you get stuck in with our sensational “sand art”, go for a fantastical new look at our face painting tent or make your own special memento for the first ever festival at our brilliant badge making classes, there’ll be plenty on hand for all ages to enjoy.


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, plus many, many more across three stages (see full line up below).


Tickets are priced at £39.00 + BF and are available on the Cotton Clouds Website:


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


The Coral
The Sugarhill Gang
Nick Heyward
The Whip
Everly Pregnant Brothers
Rogue Emperor
+ 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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