AN electronic fusion master journeyed 6,000 miles across three time zones to be at a Ribble Valley music festival.

Ichi ­— who hails from the underground scene, in Japan's Nagoya ­— performed at Cloudspotting in Gisburn Forest.

The monk-like artist, from the land of the rising sun, takes the notion of a one-man band to extreme limits, creating his own strange world of insane and irresistible beats.

And in the needle cushioned lanes of the In the Pines stage, Ichi’s diverse show produced one of the festival highlights.

Described as beautifully bonkers, the music was as diverse as the people were friendly and welcoming, while sunshine bathed the treetops of Gisburn Forest in a warm glow.

“Ichi blew everybody away with his performance,” said Cloudspotting co-founder Matt Evans.

“We had a feedback tree where people could leave messages about their festival experience.

“One read: ‘Cloudspotting allows me to be totally who I am. It is my highlight of the year. Thank you.’

“That’s lovely, and to hear that makes all the hard work worthwhile, the massive undertaking of assembling artists from all over the world and an open-minded audience who come to enjoy it makes you want to do it again.”

It was Cloudspotting’s ninth year and the early spirit of the first gathering in the beer garden of the Aspinall Arms, Mitton, has been nurtured by the love and dedication of Matt and his team.

Guests were encouraged to head off to little-known places to discover everything from a sword swinging robot with a love of trance music to yoga in the yurt.

And the border-busting music programme would not have looked out of place in a quiet corner of this weekend’s Glastonbury.

Burning Hell from Canada, Jeffrey Lewis and Les Bolts from America, Isaac Birituro and the Rail Abandon featuring Moussa Dembele (Ghana) turned up the heat even further.

Matt added: “One of the reasons we started Cloudspotting was to create a platform for artists who go a bit under the radar, and I think we’ve got the recipe right.

“I also want to thank our partners and supporters – it’s been a difficult year with a lack of funding support.

“However, individual donations and considerable help from the Grand, Clitheroe, the Forestry Commission and our loyal volunteers made it possible.”