Gisburn Forest prepares for Cloudspotting Festival

Clinic who are performing at the Cloudspotting Festival (s)
Clinic who are performing at the Cloudspotting Festival (s)
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A woodland paradise in the heart of Gisburn Forest will be the setting for the third annual Cloudspotting Festival.

Billed as a micro music, food and beer festival and featuring a selection of talented artists, the event takes place at Stephen Park from July 26th to 28th.

Jesca Hoop who will be performing at the Cloudspotting Festival (s)

Jesca Hoop who will be performing at the Cloudspotting Festival (s)

The opening day features a headline show from Liverpool’s reclusive lab-coat wearing psychonauts Clinic, who blazed an early spring trail across the US promoting their brilliant latest album “Free Reign”.

The Welsh flag will be flying high on the first night as two of the province’s finest indie acts, Colorama and Sweet Baboo, bring exuberance and song-writing depth to proceedings.

Undercurrents of electronica have always been staple to the Cloudspotting diet.

Second stage headliner on Friday, Magic Arm, Manchester’s stunningly original one-man band, will be followed on Saturday by main stager Jonnie Common, an affable Glasgow maverick.

King Creosote who will play at the Cloudspotting Festival (s)

King Creosote who will play at the Cloudspotting Festival (s)

Prior to all of that on the Saturday, emerging Fence Records artists Eagleowl and Seamus Fogarty trade sets and there is the atmospheric new project from former Super Furry Animals’ bassist Guto Pryce and partner Lindsey Leven (aka Gulp) and one utterly compelling female protagonist in Jesca Hoop, who will bring all her wild and beguiling attributes to calm the audience round sunset time.

Picking up the thread early on Friday evening is the curiously brilliant Serafina Steer.

On Sunday headliner King Creosote, with backing from several members of The Earlies, will bring a weight of well crafted songs and spontaneous arrangements.

Some of that line-up will also be appearing earlier in the day as members of other incarnations Tokolosh and Sara Lowes.

Prolifically clever trio the Wave Pictures, the grizzled and guttural blues/folk legend Michael Chapman and locally loved Richard Moss complete the picture once the North-West’s finest gospel choir begins main stage proceedings.

On the Soundbytes stage, its locals day, so expect a wealth of worthy singer-songwriters and bands topped off by the jigs and reels of highly regarded traditional folk band Drop The Floor.

There will also be film screenings as well as late-night DJ sets in The Attic, a beer tent, farmers-style market in the food courtyard and a whole range of activities for children.

Weekend camping tickets are £70. For more information visit www.cloudspotting.org.uk.