Line-up announced for Sunflowerfest 2012

SUNFLOWERFEST is to return with a bang in August 2012!

Now in its third year and bigger and better than ever before, Sunflowerfest offers more for the discerning festival goer.

This years festival will have a little something for everyone, four stages of music, The Finn McCool main stage, The Campfire Stage, The Barn and brand new additions to Sunflowerfest, The Electric Disco Shed and The Moot, an arena of ideas where there will be debates, poetry, comedy and all things cerebral. The line-up will include the very best of local talent, but for the first time will include international guest artists across a broad range of genres, appealing to audiences of all ages.

The bands and artists confirmed to perform at this years event so far are; Duke Special | Republic Of Loose | Relish | Jape | Brass Roots | Silhouette | Dreadzone | Lanterns on The Lake | Wonder Villains | A Plastic Rose | Fighting With Wire | Lost Brothers | Tucan | Ben Glover | Walls (Kompakt) | Auntie Flo | Janice Graham Band | The Hot Sprockets | The Dead Presidents |The Barley Mob | Ryan Vail | Defcon | Kianni | Casion | Boss Sound Manifesto | Scroobius Pip | Magwere | The Bonnevilles | Katie and The Carnival | Elspeth | Seven Summits | Swanee River | Nasa Assassin | Radioactive Grandma | Payola | Ursula Burns | Rachel Austin | Roysta | Katherine Phillipa | The Unprotected | Six Miles North | Chris Campbell | Million $ Reload | Andre and The J Tones | Parachutes Over Paris | Dolbro Dan | Stereo War favourites | Intermission | Palookaville DJ’s | Red Rasta Soundsystem DJ’s | Homespun DJ’s | Twitch DJ’s

For the kids we will see the return of the Kidz Zone, The Enchanted Glade of Narnia and heaps of other cool stuff for families.

There will be quirky stalls at the craft and boutique village with gourmet food stalls from around the world. A new addition to this area will be the Love Music Hate Racism music tent, which will have some very special guests dropping in. Sunflowerfest will also have a field devoted to complementary therapies of all types where you can relax and get in touch with the spirit of the countryside, making Sunflowerfest a relaxing experience for all.

For those night owls there will be a late night Silent Disco and Cinema Tent, firm favourites from previous years.

Families are again very welcome this year and there will be a separate campsite provided.

Sunflowerfest 2012 will be announcing additional acts and a day-by-day breakdown shortly.

Weekend tickets + Camping priced at £49 are available now from HMV Belfast and Lisburn Stores and at The Belfast Welcome Centre. Tickets are also available online at HMV here: http://www.hmvtickets.com/events/4839 and also by using the following the lnk: https://kiosk.iristickets.co.uk/k?BWC&sffest&promo=sf12&ka=sf12

Sunflowerfest is a volunteer based festival. From its inception Sunflowerfest has been building a dedicated team of volunteers. This year there will be roles for around 100 volunteers. Anyone who would like to get involved with the festival can fill in an application form on the website. It is a very rewarding experience and a good way of learning new skills, meeting new people and being part of a fantastic experience.

Sunflowerfest kindly acknowledges the assistance of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Oxfam Ireland in this year’s event. Oxfam Ireland Campaigns and Advocacy Officer Christine McCartney said: “Oxfam Ireland is proud to be the charity partner for Sunflowerfest 2012. The partnership will be a perfect fit for Oxfam - exciting, passionate, and dynamic - and will help our overseas development work in emergencies such as the West Africa food crisis and long-term development work in Haiti. Our team will be at the festival and I, for one, am really looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere, hearing some excellent music and telling festival-goers all about our work.”

For more information please visit: www.sunflowerfest.co.uk