Cloudspotting happens from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016 at Stephen Park, Gisburn Forest in Lancashire. A micro music, beer & food festival.
King Creosote, Kid Carpet, Honeyfeet, Bossy Love, Henge, Cristobal And The Sea, Jeramiah Ferrari, Resonators, Gene Dudley Group, Gideon Conn, Serious Sam Barrett, Blanty, Emma Pollock, Big Deal, Kiran Leonard, BC Camplight, Marc O'Reilly, Hannah Lou Clark, Songs For Walter, The Remedy, Stephen Hudson And The Fiat Pandas, Good Foxy, The Things, Bad Cardigan, Jo Rose, and Laura J Martin.
Latest additions The Drink , Jonnie Common, Throws, and Michael Chapman.
The Festival has really grown into its forest surrounding thanks to an association with Forestry Commission England and continued support from Arts Council England. Cloudspotting has again been awarded a grant for 2016 to help develop new areas of performance and improve infrastructure and organisational development. Two new performance areas will embellish Cloudspotting site this year: The Enchanted Forest and the Cabin the Woods, which will host theatrical, acoustic, poetry and DJ performances across the weekend.
The early bird offer has ended. Tickets are priced at £109 for a weekend ticket with camping and children aged 2-16 years tickets priced at £20. A live in vehicle pass is £30, and car parking is £10. Please note there will be no separate day tickets available for Cloudspotting 2016. The festival is for the weekend and the site has a limited capacity. Prices do not include booking fees.
The 6th annual Cloudspotting happens in a secluded forest location in remote Lancashire. This micro music and arts festival has grown organically year and year, in which time it has developed a wider and more immersive programme of activities, pursuits and leftfield arts for families and friends to enjoy.
Entry to the Festival site is from midday on Friday, July 29th and the entertainment begins from 4pm. The opening night is always eclectic musically while the Arts programme gets underway with a number of introductory sessions that encourage audience members to explore the site and get their bearings.
Cloudspotting has become a very relaxed retreat for a few hundred people. The high proportion of returning attendees has made for an intimate and extremely friendly festival.
Expect late night DJs, outdoor food court, interactive arts, music participation workshops, cinema, songs & stories stage, early years music, family & field theatre, outdoor pursuits, mountain biking, health & wellbeing, beer festival, and star spotting.
With Lancashire’s largest forest to explore – visitors may like to spend Saturday morning out and about on mountain bikes (they do bike hire!) as Gisburn Forest is a UK destination for biking with some of the best trails in the country. A whole raft of more creative pursuits will be on offer on site in ‘Cloud Cuckoo Land’ through the festival's partnerships with Forestry Commission England and The Bureau Centre for Arts, Blackburn. A 2016 festival innovation is a new venue, The Garage, which will be used to accommodate drama and theatre workshops..
Early Years guests and parents will also be well looked after in the ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ area throughout the weekend, designed to bring a stimulating experience to the youngest guests with a number of interactive sessions throughout the weekend, including the inspiring Rock n Learn music spots with Harriet Gore..
2016 is Rio Olympics year and Gisburn Forest will be home to the ‘Bug Olympics’ at Cloudspotting. They have teamed up with Lancashire Sport Partnership to run a host of activities, sports and pastimes to bring a friendly competitive edge to proceedings. Meanwhile costume and mask making for a Forest Carnival and parade to rival Rio will really take place while the kid are still up. Adult party-goers may later to choose to attend the ‘Ugly Bugs’ Ball’ at the Cabin.
There will be a host of opportunities for attendees to participate in music and theatrical workshops. Theatre workshops will conclude with a woodland performance in front of an audience on the Sunday of the festival.
More information will be here when available.
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