Let there be Light… and a myriad of other musical treats

NOMINATED for ‘Best Small Festival’ and ‘Best Family Festival’ two years in a row at the UK Festival Awards, Cotton Clouds 2019 will be soon landing back amid the Saddleworth hills for the third time.

The Wailers

Taking place on August 16 and 17, the festival is raising its game again to bring live music fans of all ages a lofty line-up bursting with premiere pop picks, tantalising foodie treats, a magnificent new makers market, carnival curios to keep the little ones occupied, raving robots, and much, much more.

Stacked sky-high with top-tier talent, Cotton Clouds will be curating an eclectic mix of sounds just ripe for 2019 summer fun.

And 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.

This year’s Friday night opener will be given a stratospheric launch by Northern rock royalty – Peter Hook and the Light

Getting the audience suitably warmed-up for the headline hits-fest, Ash will be giving Hooky and Co a run for their money as they unearth treasures from nearly 30 years of solid gold singles.

Much like their ebullient and eternally youthful frontman Tim Wheeler, the Northern Irish power-pop band’s music has remained ageless, fizzy and fun throughout their career.

Alabama 3 will also be mobbing the main stage as will hip-hop heads The Mouse Outfit while 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.

With sets from Saytr Play, Agbeko, and local pair The Maitlands and Callow Youth, there’s plenty on hand to suit all tastes and tendencies.

A healthy dose of peace, love and understanding may be just the ticket this summer and who better to deliver just that, than Saturday headliners, The Wailers.

Recognisable as the unequivocal daddies of the reggae genre, for over 50 years the Jamaican outfit have been inspiring audiences and promoting harmony the world over with their uplifting, conscientious and powerful anthems.

‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Buffalo Soldier’, ‘Is This Love’, ‘Jamming’, ‘No Woman No Cry’, and ‘Could You Be Loved’ – the list of classics in their cannon is endless.

Getting the audience more than suitably warmed up, longstanding Sheffield faves Reverend and the Makers will also be sparring the audience, as will The House and Garage Orchestra, the Charlatans’ legend Tim Burgess, Patawa and Oldham’s rising R&B star Jordan Max.

Radio 2 legend Mark Radcliffe brings his UNE project to Saddleworth Cricket Club while up-and-coming Oldham prospects Dirty Laces and Stereohaze will also be joined on a jam-packed Saturday by the likes of Saddleworth’s own Coby Fletcher, The C33s, The People, Hey Bulldog, The Flatline and, imany more artists.

Cotton Clouds 2019 will run from 5pm-10pm on Friday, August 16 and 12noon-10pm on Saturday, August 17.

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