Cotton Clouds 2018 was a genuinely a highlight amidst my summer of festivals, headliners Sister Sledge animated the entire crowd of the intimate festival bringing to a close two days of well curated music within the picturesque town and after repeated sell outs plus being shortlisted for Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards it would seem I’m not the only one who is excited by this year’s offering.
From Manchester, the festival is just 30 minutes by car or a short train ride from Piccadilly to Greenfield station. We opted for the train and combined it with a cheeky bottle of red and bag of Percys Pig on the journey. This year we’re planning the same albeit with possible a change of sweet choice. The eclectic line up of artists across three stages has something to pique the interest of all tastes and attendees, from families who picnic to friends who are more concerned with the real ale tent.
The line-up this year is equally impressive with Ash and consistent crowd pleaser Peter Hook and the Light taking the helm of the Friday night, alongside the maverick country blues and electro hybrids Alabama 3 and hotly tipped new comers Saytr Play.
The Saturday, which features a full day of music, decent festivals noms and brightly coloured arty entertainments, has the legendary Wailers closing the festival.
Formed by the remaining members of Bob Marley & the Wailers, following the death of Bob Marley the band, perform a tight set of reggae hits which will bring the feel good vibes needed to end any night on artisanal cider on a high. Also featured is indie festival favourites Reverend & The Makers and the must see mischievous experience of “Confessin, blessin, and undressin” that is Oh My God! It’s A Church. As well as Manchester band Big Society who are filling up my Spotify play list with their delightful mix of naive youth, sleazy guitars and easy vocals.
Alongside the more mainstream popular heavy hitters, Cotton Clouds also provides a platform for some of the best unsigned and lesser known acts from around the North West. Its two tents found either side of the main stage will again feature an inspiring and varied selection, ones definitely worth checking out include Liines, La Mode Hey Bulldog, Dirty Laces and The C33s.