Q1. A ‘Break in the Clouds’ or ‘Cloudspotting’ ?
In 2018, after 7 consecutive annual festivals, we almost took a year off. But we couldn’t quite face the idea of a whole year with no Cloudspotting vibes and hence, ‘A Break in the Clouds’ was born, a shorter duration event with a smaller footprint and a shorter duration. Our audience feedback suggested contentment with a two-night stay at a lesser cost. For now, we have decided to develop this model but with an extended programme on the Friday and a lunch-time treat on the Sunday built into the weekend. Scaling things down a little from the 2017 production enables us to provide our programme at a lower ticket price but without scrimping on the qualities that our audience have always held dear; great sound and lighting for our stages, and top quality artists and kids’ activities.
Q2. Why June and not July?
Cloudspotting has traditionally occurred on the last weekend in July. Last year, ‘A Break in the Clouds’ took place on the Midsummer Weekend. Apart from enjoying much better weather (a spot of luck!), we found that this was a quieter weekend in the northern festival calendar and also avoided the main holiday season when people take off for their jollies. We know many of our audience members like to gorge on multiple festival offerings over the summer, so we think earlier is good – for many it will be their first family jaunt of the summer – a good chance to air the tent and have a fun weekend without the necessity to take a day off work.
Q3. What will the site layout look like?
Attendees last year seemed to really dig the cosy dynamic of ‘A Break in the Clouds’ with the proximity of the two performance areas separated by the courtyard where we had the bar/disco inside the Forest Hub and the eateries on the hard standing. The two separate camping fields worked well, one being only a short walk from the car park, which was especially welcome to many. The meadow behind the centre is protected to preserve wildlife habitats at this earlier time of the summer, so once again we will be only using a section of it. The Enchanted Forest Stage was brilliant last year, an amazing place to be, and we are excited to be developing this stage further, as we move the festival deeper into the Forest.