Cotton Clouds on horizon as music festival returns

Jamaican legends the Wailers and Mancunian music icon Peter Hook will headline the third edition of Cotton Clouds Festival in Greenfield on August 16-17.

Best known as backing band for reggae great Bob Marley, the Wailers will close the two-day event at Saddleworth Cricket Club with a succession or powerful and recognisable anthems.

In doing so the group, featuring bassist and founder, Aston ‘Familyman’ Barrett follow the groove laid down by the Sugarhill Gang in 2017 and Sister Sledge 12 months ago.

‘Hooky’ is no stranger to Saddleworth but this time the ex-Joy Division and New Order bassist returns with his current band, the Light on opening night Friday.

Nominated for ‘Best Small Festival and Best Family Festival two years-in-a-row at the UK Festival Awards, Cotton Clouds is now established as one of the cosiest festival locations on the circuit.

For the first time, the festival will be running back-to-back music across all three of its stages during both days of the event.

Friday highlights:
Giving Hooky & Co a run for their money will be Northern Ireland popsters Ash, whose back catalogue includes: ‘Girl from Mars, ’Burn Baby Burn’ ‘Shining Light’ and ‘Kung Fu.’

Alabama 3 will be mobbing the main stage in the afternoon. Perhaps best known for sound tracking opening credits to The Sopranos with their sublime “Woke Up This Morning”, they were also hailed by the Guardian as “the best live band in the country.

The Mouse Outfit, who played the M35 all day music event at Austerlands cricket club, will be keeping the hip-hop heads happy with their infectious blend of jazz influenced boom-bap.

Louisa Roach will be serving up some literate, lush and darkly ornate psych-pop from Liverpool as she brings her She Drew The Gun outfit to the party.

Saturday headliners, the Wailers are recognisable as the unequivocal daddies of the reggae genre, for over 50 years.

Getting the audience more than suitably warmed up will be Reverend and the Makers, who will be sparring the audience with a set of their high-energy indie-electronica.

Other acts worth checking out include: The House and Garage Orchestra, Tim Burgess, Oh My God! It’s The Church, Derbyshire trio Patawa and rising Mancunian hip-hop star Jordan Max.

BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 DJ legend, author, musician and all-round gentleman Mark Radcliffe will hit the festival for the first time accompanied by electronica tech-head compadre Paul Langley.

The Flatline, whose exposure in the Independent, got them a gig at 2018 Party in the Park in Delph and another familiar local talent, Coby Fletcher, have got the Saturday gig.

To accompany the music there will be street food stalls, pop up bars and a real ale tent.

New for 2019 will be a traders’ market inspired by the charming makers’ markets that have grown across Greater Manchester.

This exciting addition will feature a host of the local traders selling boutique gifts, arts and crafts.
There’s something to keep the youngsters amused too with arts and crafts, evening carnival, musical robots and a debut kiddies’ rave.

Cotton Clouds is the brainchild of local lads Rick and Max Lees and entrepreneur Luke Stanley.

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