Sunflowerfest blooms on Tubby’s Farm
Braving intermittent showers, thousands of enthusiastic Sunflowerfest guests are revelling late into the night on Tubby’s Farm this weekend, enjoying over 80 musical acts highlighted by headliners The Orb on Friday and The Answer on Saturday. As Northern Ireland’s leading lifestyle and alternative music festival, Sunflowerfest has seen record numbers of guests of all ages this weekend, from teens there to enjoy local musical talent to families looking for a quiet country escape for the weekend.
“We are delighted with the turn-out so far for the 5th annual Sunflowerfest,” said festival organiser Vanessa Magowan. “The rain was a concern early-on, but guests have proven that the Sunflowerfest spirit cannot be dampened by a bit of the wet stuff,” she added.
Highlights of performances featured so far this weekend have included Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass, who made their UK and Ireland debut on Friday evening, having flown from Tokyo to perform as well as Waterford’s King Kong Company and headline act The Orb on Friday, who brought the house down with ravers of all ages flocking to the Main Stage to finish off the opening day of the festival.
Following a morning of rain showers, the sun shined over Sunflowerfest as guests enjoyed the arts and crafts offerings for the whole family in the Kidz Zone including do-it-yourself willow sculpting, face painting, and stilt walking, among others. The Camp Fire stage saw Banbridge BuskFest winner Matthew Malcolm perform a mix of acoustic favourites as well as some of his own originals to keen guests, while the Main Stage and Barn Stage featured heavier acts including 20 Second Century and the Screaming Eagles. To finish off the day on the Main Stage, County Down natives The Answer had the crowd rocking out to some of the group’s favourite tunes as well as some newer tracks.
For those wanting an escape from the hustle and bustle of the lush music scene at Sunflowerfest, guests enjoyed therapies hosted in the Lighthouse Bliss area including chocolate shamanic yoga, yoga classes for all ages and skill levels, healing therapies like reiki and Indian Head Massage and sound spa, all led by owner and founder of Belfast’s Lighthouse Centre, Siobhan Bogues.
The final day of Sunflowerfest saw highlights including breaking the world record a at the world’s largest group laughter yoga session in a session entitled ‘Laughing for Joy.’ The yoga exercise, which connected over 400 guests through the healing and infectious power of laughter, set guests up for an enjoyable closing day of the festival.