Check out of Babylon, join the Micronation!

The producers of Sunrise Celebration festivals invite you on a journey

to the bright new frontier…


Thursday 30th May – Sunday 2nd June, 2013

A festival wonderland where utopian dreams become reality

Amazing headline acts include: Dub Pistols, Krafty Kuts and The Beat    

Photograph by Mark Falmouth

SUNRISE: ANOTHER WORLD – the exciting new incarnation from the producers of the Sunrise Celebration festivals – prepares to spring to life on a beautiful new woodland site near Bath and Frome from Thursday 30th May till Sunday 2nd June, with the launch of the revolutionary Sunrise Micronation!

After seven years, the Sunrise festival crew have decided it’s time for a change.  The old Sunrise Celebration festival fittingly completed its cycle of life in 2012, marking the close of the earth’s existing cycle and the beginning of a new one.  Many like to dream that the new era can be a golden dawn of peace, love and care of the earth – and rather than wait for governments to make this happen, Sunrise have decided to create their own Sunrise Micronation – a ready-made paradise on earth, where ethical principals dance hand in hand with the spirit of love, unity and celebration.

Alex Lepingwell, a new director of SUNRISE: ANOTHER WORLD, explains:  

 “A Micronation, or model country, is an independent state, as yet unrecognised by world governments or major international organisations.  Sunrise – the first ever festival Micronation – will represent the world we want to dream into being for a new era.  Like all nations, the Sunrise Micronation has the right to issue passports, currency, honours and operate an embassy. Like other nations, we can and will produce our own bill of rights, the guiding principles of our free state.   The Sunrise free nation will honour the ethos and principles of the festival, being committed to best environmental practice, to the free expression of creativity, to self-responsibility and non-violent communication, and to honouring our interdependence with each other and with all of life.”

Photos by Mark Falmouth

In honour of the Sunrise rebirth, the new production crew are pulling together lots of exciting new content – including new venues, bigger and better line-up and plenty more wild, magical and adventurous pursuits to titillate your taste buds and enliven your imaginations to help the darker winter months roll faster by.

First up – Sunrise are thrilled to announce an exciting new format for the Main Stage, to be hosted each night by a renowned band or musical artist in an undercover 1500 capacity venue. Each night the host band will curate the evening’s music sharing their own material alongside their favourite musical artists including upcoming underground acts.  Confirmed main stage hosts include the brilliant Dub Pistols (Saturday night) bringing a monster mash-up hip hop, dub, techno, ska & punk; The Beat will be hosting Rankin’ Roger’s Dub Reggae Party on the Sunday mixing up reggae, dub and ska acts chosen by Roger himself; and finally a Mystery Guest Curator is set to raise the roof on the Friday night- prepare to be blown away!

Next up – the new 800 capacity Sunrise Pub will feature legendary DJs like Krafty Kuts (aka Martin Reeves) and the best in underground live-acts from the sub-cultural hubs of Bristol, Brighton, Bath and Frome, plus the hinterlands in-between.  In addition to serving up the finest local and organic alcohol, the Sunrise Pub will host a sumptuous themed banquet on Saturday night in its intimate back room, featuring exclusive entertainment for diners, paving the way for a Sunday Roast gala, serenaded by sweet Sunday afternoon tunes.

Photo by Mark Falmouth

Other venue highlights include the brilliant Beyond the Stars ‘Ghettofunk’ Nightclub in a new larger venue with underground DJs and live acts; the new Sunrise Sounds Nightclub and Secret Cinema featuring comedy, performance and a wild miscellany of late night grooves; and the revamped, psychedelic Dance Temple splicing cutting edge psy-trance, electronica and chill.  Tribe of Doris – the celebrated intercultural drumming, dance and song pioneers – will infuse a glorious mix of global sounds into the Micronation, bringing stunning live musical performances from Africa, Latin America and other parts of the globe and the chance to learn an eclectic range of indigenous drumming, dance and singing styles

Another exciting new element for 2013 is Forest of Story – a 3-acre environment taking full advantage of nature’s bounty with high-flying performance, storytelling, fire acts, kids’ activities, art trails and much more.  Sunrise’s fabulous Kids Area returns with a feast of fun new activities, as does the super relaxing Serenity Field complete withWell-Being area and sauna.  The Village Green once again brings an innovative forum for social and environmental education, and the Green Talks Dome will be variously hosted by pioneering UK organisations for sustainable living (details coming soon).  The festival aims to be a greener than ever, with some dynamic new eco initiatives soon to be announced for 2013. Watch this space!

Alex Leppingwell says:  “Sunrise: Another World promises to be more inspirational, more innovative, more family-friendly, funkier, and more out of this world than ever before. We just know you’re going to love it!  Come take an adventure in the Sunrise Micronation, enjoy fantastic music, roam our fields of play and ecological inspiration and learn simple ways of living in sustainable harmony that you can take home, before spreading the positive Sunrise vibes out into the wider world.”

Photo by Mark Falmouth 

  • Tickets for Sunrise: Another World are now on sale at £95 + booking fee until the end of December
  • Thereafter, a limited number of tickets will be available at £105 if booked by Valentine’s Day (14th February) and then at £115 until 15th May. Any remaining tickets will then be sold at the late-buyer price of £125
  • Child Tickets £25; Teens £75; Family Discounts available; Vehicle Tickets needed for parking
  • Tickets currently available via or by calling 0845 1080259
  • Tickets go on sale with Access All Areas from start of December:

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