NEWS: Cloud 9 Festival

12 05 2011

6th August 2011, Cheshire

Still yet to announce a main stage act and the dance headliners, this festival already boasts a strong line up including the new addition of Scratch Perverts, DMC Champions and turntable pioneers.

Sunderland’s The Futureheads will be headlining this year’s Cloud 9. From Leeds is The Sunshine Underground, Manchester’s The Answering Machine, and all the way from Italy are Too Young To Love offering their own brand of psychedelic pop. Added to the main stage Huw Stephens favourite – Rotating Leslie.

Founded by local resident Martin Wheelton and his team two years ago, it’s a homegrown event built on live music, dance DJ’s with old-fashioned guitar-strumming and drum-bashing. Now in its third year and growing to 5,000 capacity for ALL AGES Cloud 9 is a community festival with more stages and entertainment than previous years.

What is it Cloud 9 all about? As one of the organiser’s Hannah explains; “Cloud 9 has been growing year on year and we wanted to extend the fun to everyone this year by ensuring it was an all ages event. With a hugely eclectic mix of music and activities we have ensured to keep ticket costs low so that as many people in the local area and come and enjoy everything we have to offer! It’s not just about the music – it’s about creating a temporary local community and a weekend escape. You don’t need to take any time off work – rock up Saturday morning and leave at your leisure on Sunday. You can turn up to work on Monday morning with an unforgettable festival experience.”

Tthis year’s festival is supporting C.A.L.M (Campaign Against Living Miserably). It is an award winning charity, supported by Topman and was founded in response to the high suicide rate among young men, currently the biggest killer of men under the age of 35. It is a place for young men to turn to for help and comfort during bleak times of their lives and aims to support them, save lives and help make male suicide less of a huge killer in Britain. C.A.L.M will be hosting the second live music stage where the acts such as Bez and Funkademia will be bringing merry times to Love Lane Farm in Cheshire.

New for 2011:

Festival attendees are encouraged to dress up in the brightest, eye-catching outfits they can find with a countryside theme. The Wheeltons are dairy farmers – but any farmyard animals are allowed! Be bold, be free, be you!

Cloud 9’s home-grown bars will offer the local ales… the usual spirits, lagers and wines. We try to keep as close to pub prices as we can.

Food will be sourced locally where possible. An eclectic mix from around the world to stimulate the taste buds.

 

Facilities:

·      New access roads; so easy on and offsite access.

·      New soundsystems in the Dance Tents for the dance & dubstep.

·      New Family Camping Zones

·      Festibarrows on site to help you unpack and relax

·      Official Merchandise (hoodies, tshirts, programmes)

·      Workshops – free standing, comedy, theatre, arts & crafts, kids…

The Arenas, Stages and tents:

Cloud 9’s main stage hosts an array of bands from the Headliners The Futureheads to Italian Dream Pop Too Young to Love and a host of North West based talent. The CALM Live Music tent boasts the local talent names and indie and folk bands.

The massive dome dance tent headliners are Scratch Perverts, but with a mix already of sub-thumping drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep, knees-up housey beats and alternative dance with XFM DJ’s, Cassette jam, Audio

Jack, Murkage and Medicine 8. The Euphonic Fuzion Hard Dance Tent will be bringing its mix of hard dance and techno with the likes of Rob Tissera and Amber D – more info to come soon…

Added to this already large line up is the Same Teens house party. On new year’s eve Same Teens were offered a 500 capacity club in which to throw a party. Only trouble was they all fancied going to a house party. Cue ten days of gathering, building, finding and scouring and making and, hey presto, The House Party was born. The wardrobes and chests of drawers are loaded up with clothes n’that, there’s dresses to put on and there’ll even be cheese and pineapple on sticks.

You can also get a massage in the bedroom, tea and biscuits in the kitchen. By night it’ll all go a bit more crackers with some of their friends coming along to play their favourite records. Problems with noisy neighbours will be eliminated as they’ll finish the night with a silent disco. Just don’t be sick in anyone’s garden.

The Guardian Guide called it ‘the perfect night out’. You’ll be dancing one minute and talking broken biscuits in the kitchen the next, and we think you’re gonna love it. Join them for tea and toast all day and a bit of the night too – And for those of you wanted to chill out and get away from it all our Chill Out tent will provide you all the relaxation you need.

·      Gates open at 9am from Saturday 6th August.

·      Adult Advance Weekend Tickets £ 27.50

·      Teen Advance Tickets (11-15 yrs old) £18.50 (16s and under must be accompanied by adult)

·      Child Ticket (10 and under) FREE (must be accompanied by adult)

·      Camping Tickets (must be bought in advance) £5.00

·      Camper Van/Live in Vehicle Pass £10.00

·      Parking Pass Full Weekend £5.00 on the day (contribution to Calm)

·      Location: Love Lane Farm, Cheshire CW11 2TT

·      Capacity: 5,000

 Tickets/Official Website

Edited by Joe Crouch

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