Sunflowerfest 2017 - News

Sunflowerfest 2017 - News - Roots dates
Sunflowerfest 2017 - News - Roots 2016 Contestant
Sunflowerfest 2017 - News - Roots 2016 Contestant

THE ROOTS: BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Its that time of year again when Sunflowerfest will offer a number of up and coming acts an opportunity to play at this years festival. This year we have a pool of 15 acts competing over three days in the Community Arts Partnerships new "The Arc" venue beside the Duke of York in Belfast.

The shows will take place over Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June with doors at 8pm each night.

Come join us and support your local music scene!

Only £2 entry on the doors!

The Roots Background

Each year we are overwhelmed by the number of music applications we receive and the wealth of talent is astounding. This was the catalyst which led to us starting this program. The Roots currently has two strands, a Battle of the Bands and a School of Rock but we have ambitious plans to develop what we have and to add more elements.

In 2016 we held a series of Battle of the Bands gigs in various venues throughout NI each of which was a regional heat. The winner of each heat progressed to the final in Belfast where the winning act was given the opportunity to open the Main stage at Sunflowerfest. Such was the high standard of entry that we ended up giving the two runner up bands slots also! Last years winners Paper Dogs tore up the stage at the final in Voodoo Belfast and on the main stage at the festival.

 

 

School of Rock

We also run a School of Rock. Just like the Jack Black movie we take a group of young people who have a wish to learn to play an instrument and put them through a week long School of Rock!!! Throughout the week they are split into groups and assigned a role within the newly formed band.

Each band member gets daily instruction in their instrument and as a band they learn a number of songs and even write a song of their own. At the end of the week these bands then go and play the songs they have learnt at the opening Sunday slot on the Campfire Stage at Sunflowerfest.

This years School of Rock will take place the week of 23rd July 2017.