Belfast Telegraph

Hillsborough's Sunflowerfest is a hit for sixth year in a row

By Jenny Kirkham

Thousands of festival goers flocked to Hillsborough for this year's Sunflowerfest.

Guests from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and as far as Europe travelled to the music and arts festival to witness the home-grown and international headline acts.

Highlights of this year’s festival included headliners Dreadzone, Senser and Skinny Lister as well as a unique Habitat for Humanity ‘Shack Attack’ challenge, which saw local groups working together to build shacks in which to camp for the weekend. Their aim was to to raise awareness of those living in makeshift housing across the world.

Every year, festival organisers attempt to deliver a unique, family friendly experience that offers something for everyone.

This year’s programme of activities included yoga workshops in the ‘Bliss’ realm sponsored by Vita Coco, kids activities hosted by RSPB, Ulster Wildlife, and other kid-friendly organisations in the Kids’ Zone, an interactive ‘Enchanted Forest’, a relaxing cocktail bar, and over 100 bands performing across the festival’s five stages.

The theme of this year's festival was 'Victorian Steampunk Menagerie' which was noticeably embraced, with a number of festival guests arriving in Victorian Steampunk attire including top hats, petticoats, aviation goggles and parasols.

For more information on this year’s festival or to stay up to date as details of next year’s festival are announced, visit or follow Sunflowerfest on Facebook.

Check out our gallery below to see some of the unique styles at Sunflowerfest 2015.

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