Financial Clouds descend on popular music festival

THE plug is set to be pulled on Saddleworth’s much acclaimed summer music festival.

For three years music lovers have flocked to attend Cotton Clouds staged at Saddleworth Cricket Club in Greenfield.

In that time it became one of the area’s must go to attractions alongside Whit Friday, Yanks and Rushcart weekend.

But the business activities of Cotton Clouds Festival Limited, are now in the hands of the official receiver.

The Independent understands creditors had until 11.59pm on Thursday, October 3 to decide if they wished to appoint a liquidator.

This was confirmed by Blackpool based, Campbell Crossley Davis, licensed insolvency practitioners.

Documents lodged at Companies House confirmed the registered office address was switched from High Street, Uppermill to Amy Johnson Way, FY4 2FF on September 18.

The paperwork was signed by Max Lees, one of three directors of the company together with his brother Rick and Luke Stanley.

There has been no response from the trio since news of the company’s apparent problems broke in late September.

The Independent contacted a PR company used by then festival for an explanation. A spokesman said “I have forwarded your email to Rick and Max. We’re awaiting further details.”The last post on Cotton Clouds Facebook page was September 1. The last tweet came on September 7.

The two-day festival, held this year on August 16 and 17, was headlined by ex-Joy Division and New Order bassist, Peter Hook and legendary reggae artists, the Wailers.

In previous years, Sister Sledge, Lightening Seeds, Starsailor, the Choral, the Sugarhill Gang, Ash and Nick Heyward have all graced the main stage.

But the festival has also championed the music of local artists and bands in its three-year run with the likes of Callow Youth, the Maitlands, Stereohaze, the Flatline and Dirty Laces getting an opportunity to rub shoulders with music legends.

This year’s event was dogged by bad weather on the opening Friday with the attendance reportedly down on the previous year.

But the famous cotton clouds returned 24 hours later as the Wailers wowed the crowd.

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