We all hear about climate change and global warming as it becomes prominent in the mainstream news cycle from time to time but how much do we actually do to help combat it and protect the environment? Perhaps not as much as we should. So if you’re a music and festival fan why not kill two birds with one stone by grabbing tickets to Sunrise Celebration’s ten year anniversary eco-friendly music festival?
Taking place from 21-24 May 2015 at Piercefield Park, Chepstow, Mournmouthshire, Sunrise promises to offer eco-build workshops, organic food and drink, eco-art and fashion exhibitions and ethical traders alongside yoga, meditation, massage, alternative therapies and literature talks. Revellers can also be treated to traditional crafts workshops including stone, wood and chainsaw carving, willow weaving, blacksmithing, pole lathe, spoon carving, copper work and boutique camping involving gypsy caravans and tipis.
But what sets this alternative festival apart is the impressively diverse range of local and international artists that draw on the very best that the Psytrance, Trance, Breaks, Electro, Hip Hop and Reggae scenes have to offer.
Setting the bar for creative chaos and pushing the boundaries of partying beyond the predictable is IllumiNaughty, who recently announced that they will be hosting a special dance arena at this year’s Sunrise Festival. The Manchester-based events organisation, who are renowned for their fusion of music, media, cabaret, circus and performance to add unique flavour to their indoor club nights, are swapping the indoors for the outdoors in this exclusive collaboration with Sunrise Celebration Festival.
Sunrise organiser, Kat Richie said: “We were delighted when IllumiNaughty agreed to come on board this year to host the dance arena. Sunrise has always had a strong dance following and with our new partnership with these Trancesters from Manchester we are able to give Sunrisers one of the best line-ups we’ve ever had!”
Indeed, IllumiNaughty’s Dance Arena is set to have an impressive line-up, showcasing performances from headliners like GMS, KraftyKuts, 1200 Micrograms, Rajaram, Avalon, System 7, Sonic Species, Deekline, Future Frequency and The Egg, as well as IllumiNaughty’s Mancunion residents, Matt Lickuss, Steve Podmore and Mazord&Eesh.
Kat adds: “For me the highlight will definitely be Ed Solo and Far Too Loud but I’m also looking forward to Europe’s sensation Morten Granau and his first ever UK appearance. It really is going to be the dance part of the summer!”
IllumiNaughty will put their own signature flair and style on the festival with the dance arena expected to be magically transformed with fully themed décor, light and laser shows, and circus-based performances provided by their sister company, Visual Architects, who have become well respected for club décor installations both in Manchester and internationally with their brilliantly bizarre psychedelic designs.
Having previously been a finalist in the prestigious Breakspoll 2015 “Best Large Event” award hosted at Manchester music venue, Sound Control, despite being the only indoor event finalist in the category, it is clear that IllumiNaughty’s colourful clubbing experience will leave crowds at Sunrise wide-eyed with awe.
Elsewhere, in the Sunrise Arena, Manchester reggae band Extra Love and other local favourites, Djemberklan support a huge line up of Reggae, Hip Hop and Electronica which features headline performances from Omar Perry (son of Lee Scratch Perry), Fun Lovin’ Criminal and BBC2/6 Music DJ Huey Morgan, Sam & The Womp, Sian Evens of Kosheen, King Porter Stomp, Will & The People, Lazy Habits, Laid Blak and many more so that there’s something to tickle everyone’s musical fancy.