Festival Update Newsletter

Festival Update Newsletter


WITH just 21 tantalising days to our magical escape and the sun cracking the Lancashire flags, we’d like to remind you of a few things to prepare for in preparation for Cloudspotting.

GlampersGlamping tipi

Please ACT FAST – we have 1 tipi pitch remaining!! Contact us at spottingclouds@gmail.com or helen@cloudspotting-festival.co.uk to book.  For more information, take a lot on our About page.

Live-In vehicles

sort your tickets out without delay – we have only a couple of spaces left for vans!


A debut activity at the Festival this year is the advent of the Cloudspotting Peoples’ Choir. So if you like to sing and have always fancied having a go in a choir, this is a great opportunity. The Choir will be led by experienced choir master Rose Greenwood and will consist of three fun rehearsals on Friday (6pm), Saturday (2pm) and Sunday (1pm). Enrollers will learn a fabulous festival anthem and then perform to the audience on Sunday evening before Jesca Hoop.

And that’s not the only way to make yourself a star of the festival. Baxter Rhodes will once again be running a songwriters’ workshop (which led to a main stage performance by the participants last year); Play-in-a-day, led by Jack Herbert (National Youth Theatre) will see our young stars act out their play in front of an audience on the Enchanted Forest stage; and our family friendly drumming workshop, led by More Music’s Bay Street Band on Saturday, will encourage those involved to perform as part of the Carnival parade as dusk falls.

This is just a tiny part of our family arts programme. Click on this link to read more on our website.

Cash is King

Please remember Gisburn Forest is beautifully remote and with that comes poor internet connection. We relish this break from technology at Cloudspotting, but it means you need to bring plenty CASH. Our traders can’t do card payments and there is no cash machine!  Have a look at our food and trader info to see what you need your cash for.


As ever we will be presenting a distinctive array of ales and ciders at PUB prices, no festival tax at Cloudspotting. Thanks to Bowland Brewery and Q-ale Bar Hire, we will be assembling ‘Bo’s Bar’ – a new saloon style beer outlet close to the Main stage. This, in addition to our well stocked ‘Bitter Suite’ Beer Tent, where a special range of Bowland, Hop Star and award-winning guest Craft Beer will be laid on for your pleasure. We are thrilled to have Fink and Sleaze back to host the Music Quiz on Sunday lunchtime, as well as a great range of DJ sets throughout the weekend.
Over the next week we will be publishing all the timings of our programme to help you plan your weekend 🙂



Meet The Arkwrights

Take traditional English, Irish and American Old Time folk tunes and up the tempo by adding lively percussive step dance from the Appalachia region of USA & Step clog from here in the north of England.

Currently based in the deep south, Dover to be precise, Dave Heap (Banjo/fiddle) and Lesley (Stepper, choreographer & teacher) are excited to be invited to Cloudspotting to busk around the site during the weekend.

Bit of background about the dance styles, Appalachian Clogging or ‘Flatfooting’ originated here in the north of England and Ireland centuries ago. The music and social dance traditions based on fiddle tunes arrived in America as folks emigrated to make a new life across the pond dispersing east to west. Many Irish families settled in the Appalachian region where this community handed down the old tunes and step dancing tradition over generations. Tradition evolved too as indigenous Cherokee already living in the region influenced the evolving steps. Musicians of African heritage brought the banjo that became a popular instrument and also syncopated rhythms influenced too the dance style. The unique genre is referred to as Old Time American Music and Dance and is a tap root of Bluegrass and Country music, influence on dance huge too, Tap dance is the contemporary version of the step dance tradition.

The Arkwrights are passionate about this acoustic genre and of this strong connection with the north of England, especially as they are both from Rossendale, Lancashire. With a busy calendar of music and dance performances plus hosting regular clogging workshops in East Kent, coming north can only help to introduce more people to ‘Clogging’.

Lesley added “Visiting Cloudspotting 2017 feels like we’re coming full circle, doing our thing where step dance was hugely popular back in the day and where clog dancing originated. We look forward to inviting festival goers on to our boards to have a dance, even try some new steps, don’t be shy!!”

Click this link for more information on our family activities at the festival.


This Is The Kit

The timing could hardly have been better for our Sunday night headliners This is the Kit.

Their new album Moonshine Freeze was released last Friday, precisely three weeks before they are due to perform at Cloudspotting. Signed to Rough Trade after the stunning album Bashed Out two years ago, the fourth album from singer songwriter Kate Stables and her amazing band already has the critics purring.

“Sparkling banjo arpeggios; freak-out saxophone, John Parish’s inventive production; a wealth of strong, beautifully enunciated vocal melodies – tons has gone into Kate Stables’ latest work, and all of it is good,” says Mojo in their 4 STAR review.

This is the Kit wowed Cloudspotting two years ago – and they loved playing for “the friendliest audience imaginable!”

It’s great to have them back with a band augmented with more members – including brass section – to close the festival out. This Is The Kit play on Sunday night (stage time 9.30pm).

Click HERE to read a full interview with Kate.


Tickets are still available from our on-line box office.


Tier 1 Tickets
Adults (18+) – £109.00
Teen (13-17) – £55.00
Kids (2-12) – £30.00
Under 2’s – FREE
Car parking – £10.00
Live-in Vehicle – £30.00

Day Tickets
FRIDAY: Adult £40.00 / Teen £17.50 / Kids £10
SATURDAY: Adult £45.00 / Teen £20 / Kids £15
SUNDAY: Adult £45.00 / Teen £20 / Kids £15
Add £10 per tent for single night camping on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.



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