REVIEW: Sunflowerfest 2015 – Sunday 2nd August

Sunflowerfest 2015 Campfire on Sunda 2nd August.
Sunflowerfest 2015 Campfire on Sunda 2nd August.

Saturday night was filled with rockers Triggerman, Screaming Eagles and a performance from the returning Senser, with notable performances on other stages from The Twisted Sisters and The Hardchargers.

Now two days down, we headed into the final day with even more local music – from Lisburn to Derry – gracing the three stages and a headline performance from Skinny Lister to look forward to. Let’s get down to it.

Tecimerico arrived at Sunflowerfest 2015.
Tecimerico arrived at Sunflowerfest 2015.


Tecimerico – 1:05pm – Campfire Stage

Tecimerico band 4
Tecimerico performing at the Campfire Stage.

What do you think of Sunflowerfest as a festival? “Nice atmosphere. All the staff were kind. It was a lovely stage and we really enjoyed the weekend at Sunflowerfest.”

Where can fans find out more about you? “This is our band page http://eugenia0131.wix.com/tecimerico

Tecimerico performing at the Campfire Stage.
Tecimerico performing at the Campfire Stage.

Treehome at Sunflowerfest 2015.
Treehome at Sunflowerfest 2015.

Treehome – 1:40pm – Main Stage

What did you make of your appearance at Sunflowerfest this year? “We thought it went great, we seemed to draw a decent crowd at the main stage, early on Sunday Afternoon which was cool.”

Pamela Anderson of Gigging NI says: “Back to the Main Stage, Treehome take to the stage to deliver an up-tempo set full of catchy original tracks and cleverly crafted covers. Frontman, Ben Flavelle-Cobain attempts in vain to banish the unpleasant weather with their version of ‘Lovely Day’. Even with the early slot the band manage to evoke some movement from the gathered crowd and succeed in picking up the pace of the afternoon with their funky clutch of tracks. “

Where can fans find out more about you? facebook.com/treehomeband


 


Grouse on the Campfire Stage.
Grouse on the Campfire Stage.

Grouse – 2:20pm – Campfire Stage

What did you make of your appearance at Sunflowerfest this year? “We really enjoyed it. We played early on Sunday and, to be honest, the weather wasn’t the best with a bit of rain when we started. But that never deters and Irish crowd and we had an enthusiastic dancing crowd in no time. There was even a conga line, a first for us!”

Grouse on the Campfire Stage.
Grouse on the Campfire Stage.

What do you think of Sunflowerfest as a festival? “It’s a really nice, small festival. Very friendly up-for-it crowd and the vibe was excellent. Unfortunately, a couple of us had a gig later on with a different band so we couldn’t stay as long as we would have liked. Next time…”

Where can fans find out more about you? “Best place is http://www.grousemusic.com/


 

Civil Simian at Sunflowerfest
Civil Simian at Sunflowerfest

Civil Simian – 2:20pm – Barn Stage

What did you make of your appearance at Sunflowerfest this year? “This was our first appearance at Sunflower Fest and we couldn’t have been happier; we played to an amazing audience of friends, family and people who had never heard us before, at a great festival with so many talented musicians, and on the most decorative and beautiful stage we’ve ever graced. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

What do you think of Sunflowerfest as a festival? “As a festival, I think Sunflower is amazing. The music was awesome, the extra content (The Enchanted Glade especially comes to mind) was incredible, and the staff were very friendly. I definitely plan to go back next year for the whole thing, even if we aren’t on the bill!”

Where can fans find out more about you? “If people liked our set they can listen to about half of it online on our bandcamp in the form of our first EP and the last two singles: https://civilsimian.bandcamp.com/ For the rest of the songs you’ll have to wait for our first full-length album, out in Autumn 2015. Most of our fan interaction is done through Facebook, so check it out as well: https://www.facebook.com/civil.simian/

Gigging NI’s Pamela Anderson on Civil Simian: “Heading over to the unique setting of the Barn Stage, alternative rockers Civil Simian make their Sunflowerfest debut. The quintet mange to pull an impressive crowd as Frontman, Ruari McCloskey’s vocals grab the attention of many individuals who are passing though the space.  With their own unique groove the band deliver an impressively polished cluster of tracks, gaining plenty of appreciation from the crowd within their brief time slot. Informing the crowd of their up-coming shows it is clear the local band are growing in demand and popularity and with unique tracks such as ‘Waking Dream’ it’s not hard to see why.”



 

Amanda St John at Sunflowerfest 2015.
Amanda St John at Sunflowerfest 2015.

Amanda St John – 3:00pm – Main Stage

What did you make of your appearance at Sunflowerfest this year? “Me & the band really enjoyed the gig this year. The sound & set up on the Main Stage was excellent & we got a great response from the crowd.”

What do you think of Sunflowerfest as a festival? “I love Sunflowerfest as a festival. It’s got a great atmosphere & is a brilliant platform for original artists. There’s something for everyone too. I camped for the weekend with my daughter & other friends for the 2nd year & we all had a blast! It really is like a mini Glastonbury.”

Amanda St John 2Where can fans find out more about you? “Facebook & Twitter are the main places to find out about me as I’m reworking my website at the moment.”

Gigging NI’s Pamela Anderson says: “Her soul soaked vocals are put on a pedestal during covers such as Janis Joplins’ ‘Piece of my Heart’. As the audience are coaxed toward the stage by the Belfast local, some songs from her new album are debuted, sounding great with the impressive backing band. “

 


Na Leanaí performing on the Campfire Stage.
Na Leanaí performing on the Campfire Stage.

Na Leanaí – 3:45pm – Campfire Stage

What do you think of Sunflowerfest as a festival? “The festival was really great for all ages and all types of music . Great bunch of people and a fantastic weekend.”

Where can fans find out more about you? “We have a website Www.naleanaimusic.com



 

Zalupa on the Barn Stage.
Zalupa on the Barn Stage.

Zalupa – 3:45pm – Barn Stage

Zalupa at Sunflowerfest.
Zalupa at Sunflowerfest.
Zalupa at Sunflowerfest.
Zalupa at Sunflowerfest.

 

Daniel Duke on the Main Stage.
Daniel Duke on the Main Stage.

Daniel Duke – 4:20pm – Main Stage

What did you make of your appearance at Sunflowerfest this year? “I played on the Saturday and the Sunday and had an absolutely fantastic time. We had great crowds both days and the atmosphere was amazing. It was so great talking to people afterwards who had really enjoyed our sets.”

Daniel Duke
Daniel Duke

What do you think of Sunflowerfest as a festival? “I’d never been to Sunflowerfest before but I’d heard so many good things about the past years of the festival so I was very excited to play it. The festival is brilliantly run and there’s so much to see and do. Great music, great people, great food and drink and the whole vibe is fantastic. It’s a great showcase for the incredible Northern Irish music scene!”

Where can fans find out more about you? “Fans can find out more about me and my music here: http://www.danielduke.co.uk/ & https://www.facebook.com/danieldukemusic


 

The Dandy Horses on the Campfire Stage.
The Dandy Horses on the Campfire Stage.

The Dandy Horses – 5:05pm – Campfire Stage

What did you make of your appearance at Sunflowerfest this year? “We love playing at Sunflowerfest! This was our third year and we weren’t disappointed. The crowd was fantastic and there was a great vibe!”

What do you think of Sunflowerfest as a festival? ” Sunflowerfest is such a happy, welcoming, inclusive festival. Everyone is smiling and there is so much positivity.”

The Dandy Horses on the Campfire Stage.
The Dandy Horses on the Campfire Stage.

Where can fans find out more about you? “Fans can find out more on our website www.thedandyhorses.com We are also on Facebook and twitter and all our music is on iTunes, Amazon etc. If you sign up to our mailing list you will get info on the release of our upcoming album due out early next year.”



 

The Wood Burning Savages on stage at Sunflowerfest.
The Wood Burning Savages on stage at Sunflowerfest.

The Wood Burning Savages – 5:40pm – Main Stage

What did you make of your appearance at Sunflowerfest this year? “We had great fun at SFF this year, there was a great vibe on our stage and the crowd were up for fun!

The Wood Burning Savages
The Wood Burning Savages

What do you think of Sunflowerfest as a festival? “We didn’t really get the full sunflower Fest experience as we we’re only there for a few hours on Sunday. The people who bought tickets and came out for original music make the festival.”

Where can fans find out more about you? “We’re on Facebook, twitter @wbsavages, Instagram, Soundcloud !” 


 

Matty James at Sunflowerfest.
Matty James at Sunflowerfest.

Matty James – 6:25pm – Barn Stage

What did you make of your appearance at Sunflowerfest this year? “It was great! It was the first appearance of my new band Matty James & The Irregulars and we couldn’t of asked for a better response. The crowd were fantastic and made us feel very welcome indeed.”

What do you think of Sunflowerfest as a festival? “Sunflower Fest is brilliant. The atmosphere was spot on and it was great to see people of all ages coming together for live music in N. Ireland. Long may it continue!”

Where can fans find out more about you? “You can find me under Matty James in all the usual social media haunts. But the best place is probably my own site: www.mattyjames.net


 

Mike Mormecha at Sunflowerfest.
Mike Mormecha at Sunflowerfest.

Mike Mormecha – 6:25pm – Campfire Stage

Mike Mormecha on the Campfire Stage.
Mike Mormecha on the Campfire Stage.
Mike Mormecha on the Campfire Stage.
Mike Mormecha on the Campfire Stage.

 

Magwere on the Main Stage at Sunflowerfest.
Magwere on the Main Stage at Sunflowerfest.

Magwere – 7:00pm – Campfire Stage

 

Magwere at Sunflowerfest.
Magwere at Sunflowerfest.
Magwere at Sunflowerfest.
Magwere at Sunflowerfest.
Magwere at Sunflowerfest.
Magwere at Sunflowerfest.
Magwere at Sunflowerfest.
Magwere at Sunflowerfest.
Magwere at Sunflowerfest.
Magwere at Sunflowerfest.


 

HOW BAND 1
HOW at Sunflowerfest.

HOW – 7:45pm – Campfire Stage

Gigging NI’s Pamela Anderson says: “Guinness Versus Battle of the Bands champs, HOW bring their electric performance to the Campfire stage. The suited and booted Armagh locals churn out one catchy tune after another. Frontman Peter Charles Kerr simply demands the attention of the crowd insisting that everyone moves as close to the stage as possible to ‘make it feel like a real gig’. The now less inhibited crowd have no problem obeying and respond with a sea of movement and cheering. “

HOW on the Campfire Stage at Sunflowerfest
HOW on the Campfire Stage at Sunflowerfest

 


 

LORIS on the main stage at Sunflowerfest.
LORIS on the main stage at Sunflowerfest.

LORIS – 8:20pm – Main Stage

What did you make of your appearance at Sunflowerfest this year? “It was amazing and we had a blast! We didn’t want to get off the stage! The crowd were fantastic and really got in to our set. We also enjoyed seeing some of the other bands and exploring the site.”

LORIS on the main stage last Sunday.
LORIS on the main stage last Sunday.

Pamela Anderson of Gigging NI says: “Sunflowerfest is a great festival. They have 100’s of acts playing with so many different genres so there is something for everyone. There are lots of activities and places to explore and it’s a real family friendly environment. We have all attended the festival before as punters and as part of different bands so we have a lot of love for Sunflowerfest. “

Where can fans find out more about you? The best place to keep up to date with all things LORIS related would be our website or you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: www.lorisofficial.com

Gigging NI’s Pamela Anderson says: “As dusk now starts to fall electro-pop quintet Loris take to the main stage. Their tracks are wide in variety, ranging from heavy synth moments to upbeat feel good sounds which are lapped up by the crowd as the party mood begins to overtake the more family-friendly vibes of the day. New single ‘Crazy’ works incredibly well in the outdoor venue and gives the now eager crowd a perfect opportunity to warm up with some dancing.”


 


Mutefish on the Campfire Stage.
Mutefish on the Campfire Stage.

Mutefish – 9:05pm – Campfire Stage

What did you make of your appearance at Sunflowerfest this year? “Our gig was amazing, a great crowd showed up and danced their asses off!

What do you think of Sunflowerfest as a festival? “Love the festival’s chilled vibes and diverse music!”

Where can fans find out more about you? “Our website; www.mutefish.ie! “

Gigging NI’s Pamela Anderson says: “Things take a turn for the surreal back at the Campfire Stage in the form of Mutefish. Describing themselves as Progressive Techno Folk it is hard to nail down exactly what their sound is if you haven’t witnessed it first-hand.  The six piece (who hail everywhere from the Ukraine to Poland) have a diverse range of instruments at their disposal, from a melodica to a flute to a fiddle. With no actual words just bizarre shouts from Peter Karabasoff the performance is definitely not conventional. All this said, the crowd go absolutely insane for it. The whole things just works and provides a performance you don’t have to think too much about too much but just enjoy.”


 

Skinny Lister headlining Sunflowerfest
Skinny Lister headlining Sunflowerfest

SKINNY LISTER – 9:50pm – Main Stage

 What did you make of your appearance at Sunflowerfest this year? “Having arrived to an ample rider full of our favourite booze and being brought as much Guinness and local lagers on draft that we could drink – the gig was a bit of a blur! But definitely a fun one! Friendly faces came from the other stages and danced, drank and and sang with us and despite the rain we had a fantastic time with our new friends. It was our first time as a band in Northern Island but surely not our last. People really know how to party here! Our flagon of rum was passed around and quickly came back empty, as was our bass player who went off into the crowd and ended up in the air with his bass! Good times definitely had.”

Skinny Lister headlining on the Sunday night
Skinny Lister headlining on the Sunday night

What do you think of Sunflowerfest as a festival? “What a great vibe! A cross between a family party, Bestival and a site party! We were greeted with nothing but smiles and made to feel at home immediately. We even ended up sharing a cheese board and red wine within 5 minutes of arriving with a gorgeous family who lent us clothes and all the welcome we needed! That and a bonfire to finish the evening and a silent disco – what more could you want?”

 

Skinny Lister
Skinny Lister

Where can fans find out more about you? “Oh, well the best way is to come to a gig obviously – we love to spend time in the crowd chatting afterwards. We’ve made loads of friends all around the world – touring is a great excuse to play music of course but the people we meet on our travels make it even greater and its brill to be able to catch up with them. We’re all over the usual social media channels. I write the occasional blog which you can find on www.skinnylister.com which generally gives you the fun (and not so fun) details of our tours. We’re currently collecting questions from people through Facebook that we’re going to answer and release on video so people will be able to watch them on Facebook, twitter and instagram.”

Gigging NI’s Pamela Anderson says: “Finally it’s time for the Sunday headliners, London locals Skinny Lister to take the stage. We get to see one of the double basses that have been seen carted around in wheelbarrows all day put to good use as the six strong folk band tear up the Main Stage. With tracks that allow for plenty of foot stomping and sing songing the band are the perfect way to round up the final evening of Sunflowerfest. Lorna Thomas doesn’t stay still for any length of time during the performance moving about the stage with an energy that has to been seen to be believed. Tracks such as ‘Trouble On Oxford Street’ are sure to be stuck in the audiences head for days to come. The raucous lively performance keeps the party spirit of Sunflowerfest alive until the very note is played and provides the perfect closer to the enjoyable 3 day festival.”


 


Thank you Sunflowerfest! That’s us done!!

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