Boutique festival catering heavily to families with interactive arts, activities and workshops alongside live entertainment

Festival Details


Friday, 05 August 2016 to Sunday, 07 August 2016


Various - weekend and day tickets

Sunflowerfest has annnounced over 150 acts across 6 stages with live music, DJs, comedy, poetry, and theatre. The highly-anticipated music and arts festival returns from August 5 - 7 on Tubby’s Farm in Hillsborough, less than 20 minutes from Belfast.

Alongside the announced acts there will be live art and sculpture, a range of talks and workshops, media installations lots of family activities, silent disco, the ‘Bliss’ well-being area, and to coincide with NI Year of Food and Drink, local chefs will be hosting cooking demos and workshops throughout the weekend.

Music is the glue that unites Sunflowerfest visitors together each summer, and this year the music remains as eclectic as ever. From death metal to electronica and folk to reggae, the wide range of acts confirmed vary across the festival’s huge Finn McCool main stage area, which will host headline acts such as Dublin electronic outfit Le Galaxie who’s album, Le Club, was shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize Album of the Year 2016.

Rhythm and blues rockers The Strypes who have been championed by music legends including Sir Elton John will be headlining the main stage as they promote their 2015 Irish chart-topping album Little Victorie. Festival favourites King Kong Company will be back by popular demand alongside CoCo and the Butterfields with their energetic, foot- stomping headline performances. New for 2016 we have a full weekend of DJ’s and electronica programmed into the reimagined ElectroMoot with takeovers from NI electronic stalwarts Jika Jika, Twitch, EXTND PLY and many more.

This year the Magnus Vikings are coming to Sunflowerfest. At their Viking encampment behind the Enchanted glade festival-goers will meet characters from all walks of dark age society from Jarls to Thralls. Young and old can experience the age old activities and displays, such as traditional long bow archery, arrow fletching, axe throwing, dark age black-smithing and tapestry making. Even the festival’s familiar Finn McCool mascot is dressed for the occasion, with Viking shield and axe. Guests are invited to dress up in their Viking costumes and join in the fun.

Other additions to this year’s festival include an interactive theatre production of Beauty and the Beast as you’ve never seen it before; cocktails on the Viking ship whilst listening to some reggae from One World Sounds, comedy and poetry on the Pond; Bliss the chill out area in a new location in the woods offering sound baths and yoga, massages and reiki; and lots of other surprises still to be announced.

With a growing number of families adding Sunflowerfest to their summer diaries, more activities have been confirmed to keep the kids happy. Barra Doherty and Aoife Maguire, the KidsZone coordinators, have planned lots of hands-on, educational, and exciting activities for kids of all ages including interactive activities of art, craft, clay modelling, willow sculpture, circus skills, kids’ yoga, nature walks and much more.

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