Sunflowerfest - News
DAY-BY-DAY BREAKDOWN OF ARTISTS AND ATTRACTIONS
On the Main Stage, unmissable headliners include the internationally renowned Crazy P Soundsystem and local legend Ryan Vail who is bringing his truly festival-worthy A/V performance to the Sunflowerfest faithful. Single by Sunday, the Glaswegian winners of Sunflowerfest's "Roots" battle of the bands, are also set to make their regional debut. Belfast-based Mosmo Strange's cult status is finally seeing the band make their own debut on the main stage this year alongside Too Many T's and Banbridge's own fuzzed-out rockers Screaming Eagles.
Redesigned for a "parallel universe", immersive retro-futurism is the name of the game at The Barn, where fans of heavier sounds can expect to see fellow Roots heat winners Dreaming of Jupiter, R51, Daz and the shimmering pop stylings of Montauk Hotel kick off their weekend in a unique, otherworldly performance space. While on the sloping, theatre-style Campfire stage, Belfast natives NEWT and up-and-comers Beauty Sleep will open mid-afternoon followed in the evening by Dublin barn-burners, The Bonny Men. Ubblakhan and Jika Jika! bring their electronic stylings to the ElectroMoot, with Donegal native Jason Young warming up the controls earlier in the day.
DJ and acoustic pop-up sets in an intimate forest setting will be found across the weekend as Sunflowerfest continues to give festival-goers the opportunity to experience "new dimensions" of performance. One of many highlights, Belfast's discerning queer disco Ponyhawke will host a takeover of the forest for a long set on Friday, with Bangor's own Brién at the controls earlier in the evening.
Alongside a hotly awaited headline performance from Rubberbandits, fans can expect Electric Swing Circus on the Main Stage as well as an essential dose of grime from rising Dublin star Damola. In between re-fuels at Boojum's "Boojmobile" - a partnership that is set to bring legendary street food to NI's only 3-day festival - Magwere, Monkeeman and Derry five-piece Lavengro can all be found tearing up the main stage.
Over at The Barn, heavier noise on Saturday will be served courtesy Stormzone, Lisburn noisemakers The Crawling and Banbridge's unmistakable, dimension-bending NASA Assassin while the Campfire Stage hosts the unique musical talents of Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer. Tyrone's Hiva Oa, acclaimed for emotionally powerful performances, make their Campfire debut alongside the Irish-Lebanese Farah Elle, whose virtuosity as a pianist and vocalist has stunned her way to recognition in the South.
Saturday's ElectroMoot billing sees some of the most contemporary figures in the Northern Irish electronic scene join the Sunflowerfest faithful, including OR:LA, Chris Hanna and Chinooq & Stayin Low.
Belfast Underground's Topia are also set to take over the controls in an ambitious bid to "contact the mothership".
Festival circuit veterans King Kong Company always make sure to mark Sunflowerfest as a key highlight in their Summer festival diary, and Sunflowerfest 2017 is no exception as the fan-favourites make their return to the Main Stage. Le Galaxie are in their also set to make a welcome return on the stage alongside newcomers Æ MAK, whose unforgettable live performance, one that "flirts between music and dance-theatre", has seen the young duo shoot to acclaim in record time; "A Parallel Universe" marks their debut on the Sunflowerfest main stage. Belfast Ukulele Jam make their festival debut with an interactive main-stage performance, one that is sure to draw an early crowd.
The atmosphere is set to remain electrically-charged on the Barn Stage as Bangor's The Hardchargers throw down their headline set. Ballymena art-rockers Electric Octopus and the indie-alternative Oh Boland are sure to make our final evening at The Barn one to remember.
Rounding off the Campfire Stage is the endearing Beans on Toast, of Glastonbury fame. Sunday's Campfire highlights include Jamie Stanton, Cado and comedy antics from Paul Currie who are set to keep spirits high on the final night of the festival. Opening on the final day is Lisburn-based duo Mississippi Boombox and Sunflowerfest's annual "School of Rock", a group performance initiative that gives young individuals the chance to pursue their musical ambitions and have them accredited on-stage at NI's only 3-day festival.
Across the weekend illusionists, comedians, culinary experts, imbibers and even the infamous Twisted Sisters can all be caught at the new Heverlee Tent, an exciting new sponsorship with the Belgian brewers that promises the Sunflowerfest-faithful a truly unique experience.
Staying "rooted" in their renowned ethos for self-care amongst the fans, drum circles, calisthenics, a sound healing spa and even more uplifting attractions are set to take place in the festival's renowned Bliss area, where Sunflowerfest continues to cultivate spaces for individuals to relax and take time to focus on essential self-care. The crew themselves are even expected to be treated to a shoulder massage drop-in center to keep spirits high over the ambitious weekend.
Sunflowerfest never fails to stay true to its family-friendly reputation, and is all set again this year to deliver a new KidzZone experience that includes both educational and interactive opportunities for young people to embrace the festival's charm. A confident partnership with RSPB promises families a chance to learn more about our world while taking in the natural beauty of Tubby's Farm, while circus skills, crafts and even kid's yoga is set to deliver a lasting experience for families of festival-goers.