Some of humankind’s earliest innovations emerged within the fields of music, storytelling and acoustic instrumentation. Celebrating these early pioneers and the rich vocal and musical traditions that have endured for millennia is Roots; a stage with it's feet firmly on the ground but with a soul soaring in the skies above. World, folk and spoken word will abound during the daylight hours with some special surprises after dark.

This year High & Lonesome are hosting Roots in the daytime with Americana and folk artists until 8pm. Late Night Tales take over hosting duties 'late night' where they'll be DJ-ing, as well as inviting friends to play ambient, spacey sets on the stage until 4am.

High & Lonesome
Starting life in 2014 as 2 friends' way of celebrating great, modern songwriting, High & Lonesome has grown to be an annual festival and promotions company putting on shows across Yorkshire & beyond. Spreading beautiful music from 300-year-old churches to social clubs, dimly lit back rooms to grand academies and now the picturesque fields of Cheshire in the shadow of the Lovell space telescope.

Late Night Tales
Late Night Tales invites the world's best artists to delve deep into their music collections to create the ultimate "late night" selection. The series includes expertly curated mixes by Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Nightmares on Wax, Nils Frahm, David Holmes, Groove Armada, Belle & Sebastian, Friendly Fires, The Flaming Lips, Metronomy, The Cinematic Orchestra, Four Tet and Jamiroquai. Each offering includes an exclusive cover version by the artist and a spoken word story narrated by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Will Self, Bootsy Collins, Brian Blessed and Patrick Moore.

Featuring –

The Travelling Band.  Paul Thomas Saunders. Juanita Stein.  Franic Lung.  Alessi.  Charlotte Carpenter.  Ardyn.  We Were Strangers.  Sam Airey.  Charlie Barnes.  Mi Mye.  Shadowlark.  Jim Konapinsky (PWGG) Benjamin William Pike.  Atlar Hanglands.  Simon Widdowson.  The Silver Reserve.  These Men. Diving Station.  Loux.  Society Pages. 

The Lovell Stage
Mission Control
Space Pavilion
Star Pavilion
The Star Field
Planet Field
Miracoco Luminarium - Architects of Air
The G'Astronomy Village
Micro Brewing & Real Ale Festival
The Arboretum
Family Encounters
The Outer Space
  • Ovo
  • Ticketline
  • Arts
  • Manchester
  • Attitude is Everything
  • Higgidy
  • Blue Moon
  • Practical Action
  • Wines Of Argentina
  • Amstel
  • Amazon Music