2024 second line-up announcement

Knockengorroch 2024 Artist - Kajsa Balto

Many more incredible acts will be joining those already announced to party in the hills at Knockengorroch Festival 2024 this May, including live drum n bass from Dr Meaker; Sami artist, from Norway Kajsa Balto for her UK premiere; from the Optimo label, Nightwave; and Scottish trad/ fusion mighties the Peatbog Faeries!

Read on to find out more…

  • Ape House are a trio of traditional musicians from Glasgow and Knoydart in the Highlands, who received a Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections, and have since been finalists at the Seall Battle of the Folk Bands.
  • Auld Reekie String Band put their own foot-stomping, punkified take on the old time Americana repertoire with soulful harmonies and licks so fast they’ll make your head spin.
  • Binky Blue is a neo-trad group that combines traditional Scottish music with modern dance music, striving to grow the love of traditional Scottish music by presenting it in a new and energetic way.
  • Edinburgh-based electro-pop Both Hands offer up a heady mixture of knob-twiddling electronics, trip-hop and performance art, with expressive vocals and vivid dance moves taking your brain to another plane.
  • CCTV’s music is a mix of grime, hip hop, trap and drum & bass. With their hardcore hip hop lyrics and their melodic chorus they bring a schemey but soulful flavour to every set they do.
  • Cera Impala’s whiskey-honeyed voice takes intimately crafted pieces to another time and place, one of dreams and magic – sensual as they are savage.
  • Chapel Perilous take on Saturday night! Get ready for a night of techno and electronic favourites coming through the custom built Chapel Perilous Sound System, featuring Egebamyasi, Neil Landstrumm and much more…
  • ChokKa are a three-piece live original band bridging the gap between a live band, the hedonism of the dancefloor and the visual fun of a rave.
  • Hailing from Greece via Glasgow, Con’tylia are influenced by Northern Greek, Balkan, Rebetiko and Maqam cultures with tasty jazz polyphonic harmonies, soulful string arrangements and a toe tapping percussion section.
  • Pianist-turned-DJ, Corran, has an eclectic style incorporating a range of influences from UK dance music such as dubstep and breaks – often paired with reflective and euphoric narratives woven throughout the music.
  • Cosmic Triceratops play a wild cocktail of Cosmic Afrobeat, Psychedelic Space Shanties, Glitter-punk, Celestial Hi-Life, Tropical Funk, Mutant Disco and Dino-Jazz… Expect an immersive and interactive performance, involving frenetic dancing, rainbows of wild joy noise and invocations of cosmic love!
  • Established in 1864, Dalmellington Silver Band is one of Scotland’s oldest brass bands.
  • Divergence showcases the silver boehm system flute in traditional music, complimented beautifully by rhythmic and experimental accompaniment on clarsach and percussion, weaving old and new sounds to create a powerhouse of drive and discovery.
  • Splicing dirt and soul to fire up the sound system, Dr Meaker’s high octane, award winning live show is considered to be one of the world’s best live drum & bass acts, combining amazing soul vocalists, a fiery brass section, heavy rhythm section with earth-shattering bass synths and samples.
  • With raw electronic synths harmonising with the acoustic sounds of the nyckelharpa, brothers Dyur x Fredy Clue sing together on a musical escapade, enticing you into the rhythmic celebration on the dance floor.
  • Flex – the power of the duo is strong. With Peter Parker of Fingathing on turntables and Lil’ Fee from The Whip on drums this is a DJ set like no other.
  • Trailblazing folk musician Fredy Clue infuses the Swedish folk tradition with a modern hug. Armed with the sounds of the nyckelharpa and soul-stirring vocals, they craft modern Nordic melodies that intertwines traditional folk music and inner queer stories.
  • Expect bass, hip-hop, world sounds and afrobeats from Glasgow based electronic music selectress and DJ Heatnavi.
  • With a driving, acoustic, energetic and often intricate traditional folk sound, for Jiginaboot, a ceilidh is all about great tunes, toe-tapping rhythms and – most importantly – dancers who know how to have a good time!
  • Trad duo John Anderson & Luisa Brown bring traditional tunes from Scotland, Ireland and further afield on the pipes and fiddle.
  • Our old pal John Langan & Dave Tunstall are making their way back to the hills in May for a special Saturday night performance and session in the Longhouse.
  • Jukebox Bingo is a dragged-up glitter-soaked twist on your nan’s favourite night out, testing your musical knowledge from across the decades, with bubblegum pop, indie rock, dusty soul and one-hit-wondergasms galore.
  • Kajsa Balto’s approach to yoik, the Sámi singing tradition, and her intuitive way of working across genres, has garnered glowing reviews both at home and abroad. Kajsa has created a soulful musical platform, where ancestral knowledge and modernity merge, always leaving the listener eager for more.
  • With a rich repertoire of acoustic instrumental music from Scottish traditions along with many others, Morag Brown & Lewis Powell-Reid move freely between melody, harmony and improvisation on the accordion, cittern, guitar, bouzouki, fiddle and five-string fiddle.
  • Muckle Spree cook up sizzling tunes and bake them into solid grooves. Oh yes, we’re talking buttery biscuit bass filled with fiddle nuggets and topped with crispy bagpipe licks.
  • A true Northern raggamuffin playing all styles and fashions across the UK and beyond, Nema Kuta is the drive force behind then North Fire Sound custom built reggae sound system, as well as a drummer for Glasgow-based An Dannsa Dub and promoter of underground parties and club nights.
  • Nightwave is internationally renowned for her energetic and eclectic DJ sets, playing major clubs and festivals around the world. Prolific producer and remixer, she has released numerous records over the last decade, continually reinventing her sound and exploring a vast array of influences grounded in Detroit techno, electro, acid, Chicago house and old rave nostalgia.
  • Hailing from the Isle of Skye, Peatbog Faeries have created a glorious mixture of traditional sounds and dance-floor grooves that have been embraced worldwide. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from jigs and reels through dance music, jazz, African, and more, they bring the sound of Scotland fresh-faced and breathless to the new audiences around the world.
  • Conceived in Uganda and born in the UK, Pilgrims Society fuses the music of Africa and Northern Europe with the funk sound of America in the 60’s and 70’s.
  • Radikal Guru has gained recognition for his unique blend of dub, reggae, and bass-heavy electronic sounds. His music often features heavy basslines, reverberating echoes, and intricate soundscapes that capture the essence of classic dub music while pushing its boundaries.
  • Ruby Geddes crafts contemporary folk music speaking to their kinship with the natural world, with enthralling lyrics and soft, easeful vocals.
  • Sam Grassie is a fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter from Scotland, now based in London, known for his fluid and virtuosic interpretations of trad tunes on the guitar.
  • Samedia Shebeen is an immersive tropical fun machine for dancers transporting late-night party-goers to an imagined jungle retreat.
  • Tarns Dub are bringing the big heavy bass beats to Knockengorroch for a Friday night club takeover, featuring a wealth of bass and DnB DJs including Freear (Slamboree) DJ set!
  • The Hive creates a welcoming space that everyone is free to be themselves – hence the brand’s motto ‘be more you’. Their Sunday takeover DJ line-up will consist of house, techno and trance to while away the night to!
  • The Positive Experience is a community of musicians from around the world, creating post punk fusion, with strong influences from folk, funk and hip hop.
  • Galloway Indie-Folksters The Razorbills bring their mix of original material and carefully selected covers.
  • The Tatties Ankles are a folk trio playing a mix of original tunes and traditional music from Britain and America with banjo, fiddle, bodhrán and vocals. The music reflects their landscape and lifestyle, imbued with a keen thirst for nonsense lyrics.
  • The Wierdstring Band could start a ceilidh in an empty house. Singing about sausages, holes, the recreational delights of the Furness peninsula, and a cornucopia of animals, their music encompasses a global repertoire of joie de vivre and jokes ancient and modern.
  • Edinburgh-based synth pop trio Thundermoon formed when longtime pals Lorna Kelly, K Messer, and Shaz Jamieson joined forces to create a gender-bending synth sound with spacey harmonies and retro riffs.
  • Vixen Sound is a Scottish soundsystem culture selector and radio show raggamuffin.
  • wailing sídhe bring haunting songs from the spirit world, giving voice to the natural cosmos and honouring the people that have come before us with their disarming harmonies.
  • ZOR is a fresh, energetic Roma band that burst onto the scene in 2019, infusing traditional Roma beats with the latest music trends. Their youthful, innovative sound breaks the mould, appealing to young listeners and keeping Roma culture alive and kicking.

…all this and many many more acts, including our full dance tent line-ups, to be announced soon!

Check out the full 2024 line-up here!

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We are excited to welcome our first featured Sámi artist at Knockengorroch Festival 2024! ⚡️ Inhabiting the lands of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia (Sápmi) the Sámi are indigenous people of Europe, traditionally known for their semi nomadic reindeer herding. 🦌Kajsa Balto has established herself as one of the central voices within her generation of musicians from Sápmi. Her approach to yoik, the Sámi singing tradition, and her intuitive way of working across genres, has garnered glowing reviews. She merges ancestral knowledge and modernity, leaving listeners eager for more! 💥Her performance will be accompanied by a workshop, an opportunity to hear more about her culture and the yoik tradition. 🎶More info and video on our website 👉 www.knockengorroch.org.uk/artist/kajsa-balto/ ... See MoreSee Less
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