Sunrise Festival’s First Round of Line Up Announcements

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The Imagined Village, The Egg, Gaudi, Benji Vaughan (Younger Brother / Twisted), Mungo’s Hifi ft. Soom T and Mr. Williamz, Banco de Gaia, Ghetto Funk Djs confirmed to headline Sunrise 2012

Sunrise Festival, 21st-24th June 2012, Bruton Somerset, has announced their first round of line up for 2012. 

A tantalising mix of unique musical collaborations, twisted circus sounds and foot stomping revelry, with lyrical genius and world-shifting musical experiences amidst hidden venues and thriving hives of inspiration and foolery!” Said Dan Hurring, festival organiser.

Sunrise 2012 is to be headlined this year by epic super group The Imagined Village, one of the most exciting and unusual collaborations of the last decade. The all star lineup features; Waterson Carthy legends Martin and his daughter Eliza Carthy, Simon Emmerson and Johnny Kalsi of Afrocelt Soundsystem and Transglobal Underground, and Andy Gangadeen and Simon Richmond of cult group The Bays and Jackie Oates, winner of BBC Folk Award for best newcomer.  

Sunrise is one of the festivals we've always wanted to play. Loads of the band and crew have been as paying punters for the vibe, music, ethics and general all round goodness. For me it's personal!” Said Simon Emmerson of Imagined Village.

Legendry dance act The Egg, will be returning to top the bill with their unforgettable show, alondside Dub and Reggae sound system Mungos Hi Fi ft. the awesome Soom T and Mr. Williamz for a serious Sunrise bassline experience. 

Prolific genius Gaudi, with his dubby breaks, big basslines and spacious soundscapes will be playing the Solar Dance stage along with leading star at Twisted Records, Benji Vaughan, whose collaborations include Younger Brother with Simon Posford, and Banco de Gaia who will be joining Sunrise fresh of the back of a new album “Songs from the Silk Road” released in February.

To inspire throughout the festival there will be a host of some of the UK's leading alternative thinkers giving talks and workshops that will blow the mind and ground the feet into action:
Peter Owen Jones (BBCs Extreme Pilgrim/Around the World in 80 Faiths), Sheikh Ahmad Dede (Sufi Whirling Master) and Leo Rutherford (UK Shamanism pioneer and author) to name a few.

For the first full music and speaker line-up announcement see below.
Sunrise is a unique blend of green philosophy and underground ideologies all given voice and held within a heart felt friendly environment. That’s what makes the vibe so special and demonstrates ‘another world is possible’”, said Dan.

 The festival in its 7th year and has moved to the solstice weekend for 2012 only! This is the weekend normally taken by Glastonbury Festival.
“Anyone looking for a festival to fill the Glastonbury-shaped hole left by Michael Eavis's decision to let his land lie fallow and lend his loos to London in 2012 need look no further than nearby Bruton, in Somerset”, said Steve Hawkes, BBC News Online.

Content wise Sunrise turns up trumps with a packed program to entertain amaze and excite! 6 arenas and 35 venues all packed into 2 very lively fields, containing everything from Sunday ping-pong tournaments, Bhangra Nights, cocktail lounges and hidden bars to an expanded kids village, The Small World Solar Stage, a Wild West Saloon Bar, the Serendipidy dance floor and a Tibet@Sunrise area

Global Wisdom Convergence 2012
Sunrise is renowned for putting on content rich events that aren’t all about the music. This year the festival will be whirling with dervishes, aligning consciousness with all that is great and good about humanity and amassing some of the most inspirational people on the planet for the Global Wisdom Convergence. Tribal Elders, Shamans and Lamas from the four corners of the globe will take part in the Solstice dawn ceremony. The festival will be opening a day early for 1000 ticket buyers who have applied. A handful of places remain!

Outdoor Carnival Stage and Chai Wallah’s
THE IMAGINED VILLAGE / THE EGG  / MUNGO'S HIFI Ft. SOOM T AND MR. WILLIAMZ / THE DESTROYERS / SLAMBOREE / SHEELANAGIG  / PRONGHORN / BUFFALO GALS / DIZRAELI & THE SMALL GODS / GABBY YOUNG & THE OTHER ANIMALS / CALICO JACK / FORCENRA / WOD / 32 20s / DUNCAN DISORDERLY

Sunrise Solar Dance Stage and Eartheart Alchemy Chill

GAUDI  / MASTER BLASTERS / BENJI VAUGHAN (Younger Brother Twisted) / BANCO DE GAIA / TERRA NINE / ANTONIO TESTA / JOTI SIDHU / PSYCHAOS / MANASSEH / HEDFLUX / PSYCHAOS / MONK3LOGIC / OUTERLOPERZ / HYPNAOCOUSTIC / NIMBUS / LLAMALEAF / SHANE GOBI / ANS / POGO / LUCAS / REGAN / TOM REAL / LIQUID ROSS / NIK SEQUENCI / HOPI / ALIJI / IPCRESS / LURK / SIMON BARING / JON BONGLY / NICK INTERCHILL / LIQUID JAMES / DANI / TREVOR P / SALLY / AIXIELES / TOM FU / NATASHA FOXTROT / DJ MOSES / ADDSIMEON

Published on 15 March 2012 by Ben Robinson

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