Rockstar Lloyd’s festival fundraiser in New Mills

Lloyd Cole
Lloyd Cole

Buxton-born rockstar Lloyd Cole is heading back to the High Peak for a one-man acoustic performance in aid of New Mills Festival.

Cole, who grew up in Chapel-en-le-Frith and went to school in New Mills, is to take to the stage at The Art Theatre on Friday August 22 for the headline festival fundraiser.

Currently touring with his solo album ‘Standards’, which was released in summer 2013, Cole featured as top bill on ‘Later with Jools Holland’ last October and has played to sell-out audiences across Europe.

Classic tracks such as ‘Perfect Skin’, from Cole’s days as part of The Commotions, feature alongside songs from throughout his solo career.

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions sprung to success with their 1984 debut album Rattlesnakes, which contained literary and pop culture references to such figures as Arthur Lee, Norman Mailer, Grace Kelly, Eva Marie Saint, Simone de Beauvoir, Truman Capote and Joan Didion.

The group produced two more albums, Easy Pieces and Mainstream, before disbanding in 1989, when Cole relocated to New York to record with various artists, including Fred Maher, Robert Quine and Matthew Sweet. He has been a solo singer-songwriter ever since.

Tickets for Lloyd Cole at New Mills Art Theatre are priced at £15 and available online at or, or in person at the New Mills Festival box office at The Studios, 12 Union Road, New Mills, on Thursdays from 11am-7pm and Fridays from 11am-4pm.