Organisers of Sunflowerfest have confirmed this year’s line-up in advance of the highly-anticipated festival from 31st July – 2nd August. With six stages’ schedules packed with over one hundred performances throughout the weekend of music, arts, and family-friendly activities, this year’s festival is proving that Northern Ireland’s favourite festival is going strong well into its 6th year. Sunflowerfest is known for its unwavering support of the local music scene in Northern Ireland, where it offers a platform for up-and-coming talent to be seen and heard as well as great opportunities for young musicians to meet and interact with well-known figures from the UK and Ireland’s music scenes. This year an array of home-grown talent including R51, Hard Chargers, Allison McGrath Band, Que Pasa, Decomposing in Paris, and the Dandy Horses, among others.
Now in its 6th year, the annual festival held each summer on Tubby’s Farm in Hillsborough, County, Down, has quickly become a must-attend festival for all things related to music and art. The annual festival is attended by music lovers from across the UK and Ireland and as far away as Russia, Germany, China and America.
With so much on over 6 stages, I have hand picked the 5 bands you must see at this years Sunflowerfest..
LORIS are a female fronted electropop quartet from Northern Ireland that formed in late 2013. LORIS’ third single ‘Yeah’ was chosen as the BBC Introducing ‘Track Of The Week’ for the week commencing 16th February 2015. As a result of this LORIS were playlisted on BBC RADIO 1 and featured on Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Scott Mills, Alice Levine, Dev and Gemma Cairney’s shows.
Hot Cops are a 3 piece band from Belfast, formed in 2013. Influences come from Pavement, Deer Hunters and Cloud Nothings.
Music has dominated Owen’s life since he was 13. His beautiful vocals call to mind the work of an array of great Irish songwriters, including the likes of Gary Lightbody.
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Amanda St John is a Soul & Blues singer from N.Ireland who has been compared to Dusty Springfield, Paloma Faith & Imelda May. She is known for her emotive and powerful vocals!
Elevation Falls were formed in Sept 2012. In January 2013 they performed their debut gig at ‘The Button Factory’ in Dublin, for the international festival ‘The Vibe’ to great acclaim. Their influences are broad. From soul to rock, jazz to pop – their musical breadth belies their age. Their own sound has been described as classic rock through to post punk rock, but one things for sure – they’ll keep you entertained.
Find the full Sunflowerfest line up and stage times here