Family-friendly new Festival aims to build on the legacy of Cloudspotting

Join us this summer to Seek Out a big family adventure – filled with music, arts, and family-friendly activities in the Forest of Bowland.

Located in the beautiful Gisburn Forest, SEEKOUT arts and music festival aims to bring an eclectic mix of brilliant artists to perform on the newly refurbished forest stage in the heart of the Forest. 

BBC Radio 6 favourites The Bug Club have been confirmed as one of the headline acts for this brand-new music and arts festival – which seeks to build on the legacy of the popular Cloudspotting Festival.

The exciting Welsh trio will play the Saturday headline slot, with anarchic solo singer Lias Saoudi pencilled in as Friday’s headliner for the weekend festival – which takes place on July 21-23.

Seek Out takes place in the same location as the much-loved Cloudspotting at Stephen Park. Friends and colleagues of Cloudspotting’s organisers, Helen Ficorilli and the late promotor Matthew Evans, are behind the new venture.

The organisers are all volunteers and are largely self-financing it, with help from the Grand Theatre and Creative Lancashire.

Seek Out spokesman Niels Burgess said: “Matt was an inspiration to everybody who knew him, so it is the intention to build on what Cloudspotting achieved.

“The enthusiasm and energy that Matt and Helen left behind has created a huge appetite for more to happen at the forest. Our aim is to make Seek Out a huge success so we can run it again in 2024 and for years to come after that.”

Sheffield Garage punks The Mock Tudors are also on the bill and the band’s guitarist Tom Thumb is looking forward to playing in the Forest: “It will be a great honour to play the first Seek Out festival. I went to Cloudspotting a few years ago and the location and vibe up in the forest is second to none so Seek Out is going to be special.”

The festival has a 250 capacity and the organisers are keen to promote Seek Out as a family friendly festival, with arts, crafts, wellbeing workshops and outdoor activities for children throughout the weekend.

Expect to find a welcoming, relaxed and fun atmosphere on arrival in the Forest on Friday with plenty of time to set up camp and explore the woodland before we kick off the weekend with music in the evening.

On Saturday there’s time to try outdoor activities with friends and family before the afternoon into evening line-up. Be prepared to stay up past your bedtime as the headline act will have you dancing in the forest.

Camping will be available on the festival site and tickets are available from The Grand in Clitheroe or via the website:

Seek Out Festival Flier

9th May 2023
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