Sunflowerfest Announce First Wave of Acts


Perhaps more than most small Irish festivals of its ilk, the evolution of Sunflowerfest has been notable over the last couple of years. Set to return to Tubby’s Farm at Hillsborough from July 28-30, the first acts revealed to play this year’s outing only serves to confirm that fact.

With the theme of A Parallel Universe, Rubberbandits (pictured), Farah Elle, Damola, Le Galaxie, Malojian, R51, OR:LA, Ryan Vail, King Kong Company, Electric Swing Circus, Too Many T’s, JIKA! JIKA!, Ponyhawke, Beans on Toast and Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer are amongst the first names to be confirmed, with yet more to be announced.

Built on principles of permaculture and sustainability, Sunflowerfest organiser Vanessa Magowan said, “Sunflowerfest began as a small-scale fundraiser to help our son raise money for a school project. Over the years, the festival continued to grow until we made the decision to open to a wider public and host it on our picturesque farm in Hillsborough.”

Tickets for the festival start at £74.95 (which includes 2 children, aged 15 and under) and £64.95 for students. See below for the full first line-up.


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