Forest party features original and eclectic line up of acts

Lovely Eggs
Lovely Eggs

Lancaster’s The Lovely Eggs will join an eclectic line-up of up and coming North West acts at this year’s Cloudspotting Festival in the Forest of Bowland.

The festival, which celebrates its fifth anniversary on the weekend of July 24 - 26, takes place at Stephen Park in Gisburn Forest, with two main stages and one smaller stage showcasing regional musicians and poets.

As well as Lancaster duo The Lovely Eggs, the line-up also includes city four piece Stephen Hudson and The Fiat Pandas, as well as other well known acts on the regional and national music scene.

Thirty acts will perform on the two main stages.

Dutch Uncles, Ezra Furman, The Wave Pictures, The Earlies, The Folkestra, This Is The Kit, The Travelling Band, Third Thumb, Harp and a Monkey, The Ragamuffins, Haiku Salute and The Hut People all take to the stage over the weekend for what is an extremely eclectic and original line-up.

Co-promoter Matt Evans said: “The UK festival climate has changed immeasurably over the years. People are looking for a different experience in which they and their friends or family are part of the event and can get more involved. Being in the forest is special as it allows us to develop new areas each year.

“There is room for the audience to grow a little at Stephen Park, but without losing the intimacy that people cherish. It’s a special atmosphere.”

Touring theatre, documentary cinema and a wide range of creative projects and workshops for families to share will ensure there’s rarely a dull moment at the festival, Mr Evans added.

For the more active, there is also mountain bike hire available (it is one of the UK’s best rated spots with numerous forest bike trails), orienteering and archery.

An adult weekend ticket is £99, entry for two to 16 year olds is £10, and day tickets are £30 or £40.

For more information check out www.cloudspotting-festival.co.uk.