It is hard to believe that we are fast approaching festival season yet again. With our thoughts turning to summer, it is the job of festival organisers to entice us with stellar line-ups and other features to get us to part with our hard earned cash and visit their site. Sunflowerfest have set a few tongues wagging with their initial announcements of the artists to grace Hillsborough in July.
This year the festival will feature headline performances by American hip hop group The Sugarhill Gang and Melle Mel & Scorpio, Milton Keyne’s power rockers Raveneye, house DJs Utah Saints and Edinburgh’s indie heroes We Were Promised Jetpacks. The organisers never disappoint in terms of supporting local music with the likes of Joshua Burnside, ROE, Rebekah Fitch and Wynona Bleach also being confirmed. You can also catch the winners of our Kickstart competition Pale Lanterns at the festival.
Aside from an incredible line-up Sunflowerfest is getting “Drastic on Plastic” by adopting a ‘One Earth Theme’. Now more than ever there is a renewed focus on learning to live sustainably and to follow-through on their promise, Sunflowerfest is actively committing to the Drastic on Plastic and Final Straw eco-initiatives. As a member of the AIF (Association of Independent Festivals), Sunflowerfest is joining more than 60 independent festivals across the UK who are actively committing to eliminating the use of all single-use plastic at their events by 2021.
Speaking on the festival’s goals this year, festival-organiser Michael Magowan said: “We’re all on this planet together; regardless of boundaries and borders. So let’s all pull together. There is only a finite amount of resource for everyone on our One Earth. So let’s take stock, learn to harness and use it sensibly. Let’s share it fairly and use it sustainably. Let’s improve our chances of preserving and improving our existence on our planet and giving nature a chance.
Regardless of race or creed or nationality, after nine years of Sunflowerfest I’ve learned we have a lot more binding us together than separating us. Let’s get over the fear of change and embrace new ways of measuring success. New ways of regarding our lives and existence and new ways of validating ourselves.”
The festival takes place from 27th – 29th July 2018 in Hillsborough and tickets can be purchased directly from the Sunflowerfest website.