Sunrise: Another World

• December 8, 2012 • Comments (0)

Sunrise: Another World – take an exodus from Babylon to the bright new festival frontier!

After seven years of staging the legendary Sunrise Celebration festival near Bruton in Somerset, the organisers return with an exciting new incarnation for summer 2013 – Sunrise: Another World  – the first ever festival Micronation.

The Sunrise Micronation represents a Utopian free state, where post-2012, an ‘out of this world’ festival paradise can be experienced on a new beautiful woodland  site near Bath and Frome from Thursday 30th May till Sunday 3rd June; a place where ethical principals dance hand in hand with the spirit of love, unity and celebration.   And with amazing headline acts like Dub Pistols, Krafty Kuts and The Beat!     

“A Micronation, or model country, is an independent state, as yet unrecognised by world governments or major international organisations,” explains Alex Lepingwell, a new director of Sunrise: Another World.  “The SunriseMicronation is like the world we want to dream into being for a new era.  Like all nations, the new 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.”

To inaugurate the birth of the revolutionary new Sunrise, 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.

The revamped Main Stage will 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!

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.

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 with Well-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 to be announced soon).  The festival aims to be a greener than ever, with some dynamic new eco initiatives soon to be announced for 2013.

Alex Lepingwell 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.”



Buy your tickets for Sunrise: Another World before the end of December and you can get them at the reduced price of £95 + booking fee.  Thereafter a limited number of tickets will be available at £105 if booked by Valentine’s Day (14thFebruary) and then at £115 until 15th May. Any remaining tickets will then be sold at the late-buyer price of £125.

Tickets are currently available via or by calling 0845 1080259.  They can also be purchased through Access All Areas:

For general enquiries contact Sunrise:; 0845 009 4463



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Will Gethin

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Since 2004, Will Gethin has worked as a holistic explorer and travel writer, writing articles for the Independent, the Evening Standard and various lifestyle, wellbeing and environmental magazines, including Tatler, Harpers Bazaar, Resurgence, Kindred Spirit and Yoga Magazine. In February 2012, he set up Conscious Frontiers, a leading edge communications, speakers and events agency giving voice to the growing movement of people working to propel a shift in consciousness. Inspirational speakers represented by Conscious Frontiers include Peter Owen Jones, Graham Hancock, Dr David Hamilton, Tim Freke, Dr Jude Currivan and Sarah Rozenthuler. Prior to founding Conscious Frontiers, Will also worked as a communications consultant, promoting humanitarian and intercultural organisations like The Isbourne Foundation, IT Schools Africa, The Makhad Trust, Tribe of Doris and Afrika Eye Film Festival. And he founded a Guest Speaker programme at the Isbourne Holistic Centre in 2008, bringing leading edge conscious living authors and presenters like Byron Katie, Graham Hancock, Dr Masaru Emoto and Brandon Bays to Cheltenham to present educational talks and workshops. From 1993-2003, Will worked in music, consumer and arts PR for London agencies, ultimately working as Account Director for Virgin Megastore at Borkowski PR. Will is also a Contributing Editor to Life Arts Media.

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