Sunflowerfest Unveils 2015 Line-Up

Tubby's Farm welcomes biggest bill yet to sixth annual weekend of live entertainment, interactive arts and family fun

Organisers of Sunflowerfest have confirmed this year’s line-up in advance of the highly-anticipated festival from 31st July – 2nd August. With over one hundred performances packed into six stage schedules throughout the weekend of music, arts, and family-friendly activities, this year’s bill proves that the County Down family favourite is going strong well into its sixth year.

Headline acts scheduled to take to the main stage this year include the eclectic British dub, reggae, techno, folk and rock fusion act Dreadzone, who will highlight the main stage on Friday, July 31, followed by politically-charged UK rap-rock band Senser, gracing the same stage the next night.

Closing the festival’s main stage with a bang on Sunday, August 2 will be the much-anticipated performance of popular English folk group Skinny Lister, who will be returning to Northern Ireland following the April release of their second album Down on Deptford Broadway.

'We are delighted to announce this year’s line-up and are looking forward to welcoming more guests than ever to Tubby’s Farm,' said festival organiser Michael Magowan. 'This year’s headliners include an eclectic mix across many genres, meaning there will something to fit almost every musical taste at this year’s Sunflowerfest.' 

A crowd favourite at last year’s Sunflowerfest, this year Waterford’s King Kong Company will have the honour of playing main support to Dreadzone on Friday night. 'King Kong Company always brings the house down when they appear at Sunflowerfest,' said Michael. 'We are delighted to welcome them back this year and pay them the respect that they are due as a hugely increasing success over the past couple of years. We promise that guests will not be disappointed by their high-energy performance.' 

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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. 

'Having started in our back yard as a small-scale music festival to raise funds for our son’s school charity project, we soon realised that Northern Ireland was lacking in opportunities for young talent to build their followings and be heard by diverse audiences,' added Michael. 'This year our local acts range from those who are just getting off the ground to acts that are on the fast-track to the becoming widely-known across the UK, Ireland, and further afield, to homegrown legends like Henry Cluney of Stiff Little Fingers fame.'

Back by popular demand, the Silent Disco will also be returning to offer festival-goers the chance to throw shapes and show their best dance moves after hours.

Now in its sixth year, the annual festival held each summer on Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough, has quickly become a must-attend event for all things arts and music related, with regular attendees hailing from as far away as Russia, Germany, China and America.

For more information as additional acts are confirmed or to purchase tickets to this year’s Sunflowerfest, visit www.facebook.com/Sunflowerfest.