Organisers of Northern Ireland’s alternative music festival Sunflowerfest, held since 2010 at Tubby’s Farm in Hillsborough, have confirmed that Co Down natives The Answer and London electronica group The Orb will headline the fifth annual line-up alongside Mojo Fury, who will perform at the closing night.
Also celebrating Sunflowerfest’s fifth year will be an eclectic medley of acts from diverse musical backgrounds and genres on the five available stages, including female punk trio Akabane Vulgars on Strong Byass, from Tokyo, Japan and Arkham Dispatch from Canada, billed as ‘romantic warriors of rock and roll’.
Co Down rockers The Answer, led by wild-haired frontman Cormac Neeson, will headline at the main stage on August 23, entertaining revellers with their usual mix of classic rock (think Led Zeppelian) with a local twist.
The band have previously provided support for huge rock names like The Rolling Stones, Purple Rain and White Snake and are usually electric live performers.
Meanwhile Lisburn indie rockers Mojo Fury, whose popularity has been on the ascent these past few years, will close the festival on August 24.
Since its inception Sunflowerfest has secured a reputation for delivering a cool, family-friendly three-day event that straddles as many musical genres as possible, and this year’s festival, scheduled to take place from August 22 until August 24, should be rambunctious and colourful. Attracting such a mix of international and local talent is a real coup, as music co-ordinator Phil McCarroll explains: “Sunflowerfest is unique because we offer something for every musical taste, from death metal and ska to jazz, folk, and of course rock.
“Guests wanting to escape into a chilled out atmosphere will enjoy mellower folk and acoustic artists at our Campfire stage, while hard rock and metal enthusiasts can take advantage of the offerings in the Barn, which are typically a bit heavier.
“We also offer plenty of family-friendly space for everyone to take part.”
Speaking on the acts scheduled to perform this year, he added: “We are delighted to welcome back Sunflowerfest veterans including Amanda St John, Pocket Billiards, Randal Stephen Hall and The Bonnevilles, while we also welcome newcomers to our festival like King Kong Company, Loris, Go Swim, and also acts from further afield including Arkham Dispatch from Canada and unique all-girl act Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass, from Japan.
“Of course this year’s guests are eagerly awaiting an appearance from world-renowned electronica group The Orb as they polish off their classics in the unique setting of the idyllic Tubby’s Farm.”
l Sunflowerfest camping and day tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.ie or by visiting www.sunflowerfest.co.uk. Adult tickets include free admission for up to two children under 15.