Sunflowerfest returns to Tubby’s Farm this weekend

Jenny Curran helps to launch Sunflowerfest.
Jenny Curran helps to launch Sunflowerfest.

Sunflowerfest music and arts festival returns to Tubby’s Farm in Hillsborough this weekend!

Now in its fourth year, Sunflowerfest hosts over 70 music acts across five stages this Friday, Saturday and Sunday including Ozric Tentacles, Alabama 3 Unplugged and Eat Static.

A wide range of day-only and weekend tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, with prices starting at just £15.70 plus booking fee. Children 12 years and under go free of charge with adult ticket holders (maximum two children per adult).

As well as fantastic music Sunflowerfest offers a range of festival extras for all the family including poetry, comedy, story-telling and discussion in the Moot, a craft village and a delicious selection of world foods and premium German beers.

This year Sunflower Bliss teams up with the Lighthouse centre to create NeverNever land, where revellers can relax and nourish mind, body and soul, and seek eternal youth, enjoy the wildlife including rare birds, and try their hand at old crafts and trades.

Children will be mesmerized in a land of make-believe as they help the fairy queen prevent evil pirates from making people walk the plank of the Black Sheep, anchored by the Enchanted Glade of Mystery and Surprise.

Other kids’ activities include willow sculpting, music and circus workshops, arts and crafts, puppetry, face painting and yoga. Interactive dance classes including jumping jive, rock and roll, boogie babies and Shim Sham are also
on offer.

More quirky festival extras include Augustine Leudar’s dreamlike surreal sound installation, which includes myths, scientific input and the harnessing of electrical signals in trees to create a 3D audio hologram – a pioneering, ground-breaking experience in nature and science; and the OneLove tent for some inspirational talks, music and dance.

Everyone can also participate in Friends of the Earth’s ‘Solution Tree’, an installation that allows people to offer their ideas on how we can live without harming the planet, and the more adventurous can even try a compost-heated shower on site!

On the music front Brixton band Alabama 3 Unplugged headline on Friday with a special set consisting of soulful acoustic versions of their back catalogue that will make even the most experienced festival veteran dance.

They are joined by Mojo Fury, Oddsocks Revival, Ed Zealous, The Rupture Dogs, The Couch, The Bonnevilles, Emerald Armada, LaH NaRRaD, The Twisted Sisters, Zombified, Little Miss Stakes, DJ Nik, Gacy’s Threads, The Unprotected, Smoking Tongue and Dimebag DJs.

Legendary psychedelic rock band Ozric Tentacles fly into Sunflowerfest from USA to headline proceedings on Saturday and kick-start their 30th Anniversary Tour, which sees them perform across the world.

Also playing are Eat Static, Pocket Billiards, The Dead Presidents, NI Soul Troop, The Barley Mob, Nasa Assassin, Pay*ola, Stormzone, Henry Cluney (Stiff Little Fingers), Screaming Eagles, The Deans, Sal Vitro, R51, Rachel Austin, My Fellow Sponges, Xsara, Rufus and the Blackened Trees, qwiqwi (Germany), Radioactive Grandma, Ezekiel Boom, Mickmag & JustBob and more.

On Sunday festival-goers can enjoy the sounds of Michael Mormecha, Suzanne Savage, Uncle Social, Kyle John Suckling, The Dandy Horses, Amanda St. John, Glen Simpson, Von Fever and Roll The Dice before Sunflowerfest winds down for another year.

This year is Sunflowerfest’s biggest ever line-up of music and arts for people of all ages and everyone is invited to get involved.

Sunflowerfest has a range of day-only and weekend tickets now on sale from www.ticketmaster.ie and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Regular event updates are available on www.sunflowerfest.co.uk and by connecting with www.facebook.com/Sunflowerfest