The countdown to the 6th Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival – the three-day family friendly festival that takes place in the stunning location of Gisburn Forest – is on.
In under a month’s time, a 1,000 strong audience of all ages will adventure deep into Lancashire’s largest forest to experience a sizzling line-up of music, arts and outdoor pursuits.
Full weekend camping tickets and day tickets are available from the festival website (www.cloudspotting-festival.co.uk) and also via The Grand Box Office (01200 421599 and The Grand website www.thegrandvenue.co.uk).
More than 35 live music acts will perform across three stages over the long weekend alongside hordes of activities for families and younger revelers. A Cloudspotting Rio-Style Carnival – fitting for Olympics year – a sports day delivered by the Lancashire Sport Partnership, a family disco and a vintage mobile cinema are all part of the programme.
Arts workshops, mountain bike hire and walking trails are offered for the more active while yoga, storytelling and a pub-style music quiz are more relaxing pursuits on the menu.
The festival sports a superb range of beers and ales from Bowland Brewery and Hop Star Brewery and a mouth-watering choice of good value food outlets, making Cloudspotting a destination where you just need to turn up with your tent and chill-out.
The Friday night has an experimental edge with critically acclaimed headliner Kiran Leonard – whose debut album Grapefruit has earned wide praise – and popular Manchester eight-piece Honeyfeet featuring alongside local bands Good Foxy, and Bad Cardigan.
Saturday highlights include a showcase from WahWah45 record label headed by one of the UK’s top reggae acts Resonators and funk outfit the Gene Dudley Group.
Sunday night will close with Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote – who last summer headlined the Edinburgh International festival with his ‘From Scotland with Love’ show. Irish troubadour Marc O’Reilly and UK/US dream pop duo Big Deal also join the Sunday line-up.