Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival – Tier 2

Friday 23 July 2021

  • Doors: 23/07/2021 01:00PM


JULY 23-25

Lancashire's award-winning Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival celebrates its 10th birthday edition in Gisburn Forest this summer.

The 600-capacity family-friendly event takes place from July 23-25 under the skies of the Forest of Bowland AONB, an accredited ‘dark sky’ explorer site.

Due to its intimate size, Cloudspotting looks well set to go ahead this summer with an expected sell-out audience, and we are now in the last 'tier' of tickets.

Cloudspotting’s unique mix of high-quality family entertainment and creative music curation that spans an array of genres led to accreditation from the Lancashire Tourism Awards in 2017. This year’s event promises to deliver on the formula that has steadily built a growing audience to this remote pocket of rural north east Lancashire.

The innovative Leaf Label – based in Leeds – provide three of the Saturday night acts, including East London synth modernists Snapped Ankles, British-Asian artist Sarathy Korwar and Lancashire’s own singer-songwriter Keeley Forsyth.

Other acts such as Chloe Foy, Soccer96 and Mesadorm all have new albums in the offing. Aside from the music, Cloudspotting welcomes a wealth of theatrical family entertainment. The Grand Cavalcade presents three seasoned showmen – Gary “Gacko” Bridgens, Ian Douglas and Professor Pumpernickel – bringing ukulele workshops, great storytelling and slapstick exhibitionism to proceedings. There are also bespoke theatre performances from The Fabularium: ‘The Hare and the Moon’ and Spot on Lancashire’s commission from Eye of New Theatre ‘The Cabinet of Curiosity’. An immersive art installation ‘Celestial Sound Cloud’ presented by Pif Paf Theatre promises to enchant audiences throughout the weekend.

There are also poetry, song-writing, and bushcraft workshops for attendees to try, and a great variety of food and drink.

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Existing Ticket Holders - New Dates

This year’s festival dates have been moved forward from June 18-20 after the recently published government road map. All tickets purchased for the original date are valid for the new dates. Anyone who purchased tickets but find they can no longer attend, can either hold their tickets over for 2022, or receive a full refund, as long as this is claimed by April 12. If you wish to claim a refund, please email and allow up to 10 days for the refund to be processed.

Extra Night’s stay

For those of you who like to kick back and prolong your stay, Cloudspotting has come to an agreement with Forestry England to allow a Sunday night camp-over. The Sunday evening will include some camp-fire acoustic music in the forest, a little intimate celebration of Cloudspotting’s 10th birthday. To stay on the Sunday night, you will need an additional ticket, priced £10 for over 12s (free for under 12s).


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Pif Paf’s Celestial Sound Cloud

Marking our 10th birthday event, we are delighted to be commissioning the inventive Pif Paf Theatre’s ‘Celestial Sound Cloud’ – the sound cloud explores the relationship between nature and technology and asks whether human symbiosis can draw us closer to nature by play. This highly visual and sonic invention is totally interactive and we can’t wait to bring it to Gisburn Forest to share it with you.

The Grand Cavalcade – featuring Gacko, Ian Douglas and Professor Pumpernickel

Three seasoned showmen – Gacko, Ian ‘The Storyteller’ Douglas and the incredible Dieter Wadeson (who performs as both Professor Pumpernickel & Lord Floppletwig – will be engaging with our family audience all day – the kids, and parents will absolutely love them.

Gacko will deliver ‘Uke Can do it’ – a fun and easy workshop session for up to 40 people leading to the performance of collective rock anthem and a couple of silly songs for good measure. He’s also the ‘official fool of Muncaster Castle’, ever ready to unload his curious cargo of songs, stories and routines with oodles of participation. He has a gift for enchanting audiences young and old with his mix of wordplay, slapstick and improvised musical interludes with the flawless imaginative creativity.

Ian Douglas is a renowned raconteur of stories who has been plying his trade at festivals large and small for over 20 years, including a residency at the award-winning Just So Festival. Appearing with his beautiful pedal powered bow top caravan ‘Vera’, Ian has a head bursting with traditional tales, bringing buckets of enthusiasm, inspiration and quality to the proceedings.

Professor Pumpernickel travels the country with his laboratory of lunacy with a mission – to enthuse all ages about science in the hope of seeding some of our future inventors, explorers, life savers and superheroes. If you like fire, explosions loads of mess and mind-bending magic, you’ll love Pumpernickel.

The Fabularium is a vibrant outdoor theatre company who have toured their work internationally. We are privileged to host their newest show

Cloudspotting’s family programme also includes an interactive ‘sky-ku’ poetry writing workshop with Louise Fazackerley and a new commission in partnership with Spot On Rural Touring: ‘Cabinet of Curiosity’, from Eye of the Newt Theatre.

Our outdoor forest sessions, campfires, and bushcraft activity with Outdoors 4 All will be taking place throughout the weekend, with more infinite supplies of toasted marshmellows


**NB: Cloudspotting is an intimate festival of around 500 people and organisers will be working with a north-west based medical advisory group to ensure complete compliance with regard to mitigating risks around Covid-19.