Sunflowerfest is blooming into top notch festival

SUNFLOWERFEST is to return with a bang in August, now in its third year and bigger and better than ever before, it offers more for the discerning festival goer.

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 DJs, Red Rasta Soundsystem DJs, Homespun DJs and Twitch DJs.

Sunflowerfest is the ‘must go to event’ of 2012. It’s an all inclusive festival from tiny tots to the over ripes - making it the one and only festival of its kind in Northern Ireland. Throughout the weekend there will be rock & roll football, music and dance workshops for wee kids and big kids alike, face painting, story telling, sponge throwing, willow sculpting, clay modelling, circus and fire poi, poetry, puppet shows, kids yoga and many fun games are planned in the Kidz zone, not forgetting the Narnia themed Enchanted Glade of Mystery and Surprises (you don’t want to miss this!) and the best thing is that most activities are free, with some workshops asking a nominal fee. Kids 12 years and under are free up to a maximum of two per adult.

Sunflowerfest will also offer a wide range of complementary therapies for all in the Sunflower Bliss area. These include group yoga and meditation sessions, trance dance , kids yoga, massage and plenty of free hugs on offer, making Sunflowerfest a relaxing experience for all.

There will be quirky stalls at the craft and boutique village with a great selection of food and beverages on offer.

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

Day tickets are priced at a special introductory rate of £15 for Friday and £20 per day for Saturday and Sunday until July 2.

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.