About Knockengorroch

Scotland’s longest running greenfield festival | Est. 1998

Knockengorroch Festivals were born from a love of the land, excellent roots music and celebrating the good times.

We present unparalleled music, arts and workshops in a beautiful mountain riverside meadow.

For us location is key. We are one of the most beautiful and unique festival venues in the UK. Our festival commemorates and celebrates the history and the people that once lived in our valley, in former times an entire village…

We are a festival run by a family, for families, in the very broadest sense of the word.

We support rural regeneration in the Uplands of Scotland, creating local business and enterprise, and attracting visitors to a still surprisingly relatively unexplored region of Scotland, our ‘Hidden Gem’.

We also know how to party.

Our vision

In times long past the native hills and streams of Scotland shaped its music. Stream becomes river, rural track becomes urban street, the musical landscape of today’s global village is diverse, both urban and rurally inspired. But all music speaks a universal language.

Knockengorroch establishes progressive linkage between sounds indigenous to its natural amphitheatre venue and the now far-flung Celtic diaspora, once rooted in such homely places.

We promote multi-cultural forms and musical genres, highlighting the connection between roots music and the lands and people that created it.

Music from all continents is presented alongside the best in Scottish talent to showcase music in both traditional and contemporary fields.

It is Knockengorroch’s unique remit not only to celebrate cultural diversity and fusion, but to make the music home amongst the hills once more, and give it up to the people.

Our history

We were the first greenfield festival of our type in Scotland. The Ceilidh Gall Gallowa’ Festival began mid-summer 1998, the year after an international ‘rainbow gathering’ took place on the land. Followed swiftly by ‘the Hairth’ festival it has since moved from strength to strength, changing its name without losing any of its original character. We now attract people from all over Scotland, the UK, and beyond.

Scotland has its fair share of music festivals today and we believe we have inspired more than a few. First held at Knockengorroch Farm in Galloway, we have also held festivals in the Forest of Ae near Dumfries, and Talnotry near Newton Stewart. All locations have a breath-taking beauty and ‘upland’ position in common, and it is this focus that Knockengorroch Festivals continue to promote.

Knockengorroch is a registered Community Interest Company

A Community Interest Company is a company which is looking to work for community benefit with the relative freedom to identify and adapt to circumstances, but with a clear assurance of not-for-profit distribution status.

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2 weeks ago

📣 2024 FESTIVAL THEME! 📣This year’s festival theme is SUSTENANCE. Food and drink give sustenance, as does music… 🎶 🍒 We’re asking all festy goers to GET FRUITY (or vegetably if you prefer)! Cherries, bananas, apples and pears - it’s time to get those creative juices flowing! 🍌🍉 Read more about our theme 👉 www.knockengorroch.org.uk/2024-festival-theme-announcement/ ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

🎶 We are proud to support local young musicians in Soundwaves Music Battle in New Galloway this Saturday 13 April! 🎶 Acts get a chance to win slots at Knockengorroch Festival 2024, YouthBeatz Dumfries DMC We.are stage, Kirkcudbright Fringe, Stranded Cat record label, or a voucher for Circa 16 Sound Recording! 🤩🤘Featuring an incredible line-up including Ben Hunter, Reece Williamson, Benji, Ella Campbell, Alexander and the Greeks, Sonder, and Rhelm 🎤🎸If you are in the area, come on down to CatStrand at 7.30pm to get a sneak peek of some of the freshest talent in the area! 🎵⭐️ Tickets 👉 www.ticketsource.co.uk/CatStrand-Young-Creatives/t-rpgegmv ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Happy National Unicorn Day! Throwback to our legendary unicorn theme at Knockengorroch Festival 2017 🦄Keep your eyes peeled, we will be announcing our 2024 theme announcement VERY soon! 👀Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know 👉 www.knockengorroch.org.uk/contact/mailing-list/📷 Douglas Robertson/Stevie Powers ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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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3 weeks ago

Be in a chance to win a pair of tickets to some of this summer's most exciting events! 🎫 🎫We are proud to be part of the Festivals Unite prize draw. Over 60 festivals across the UK and Europe have come together to fundraise for the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza.50% of proceeds from the prize draw will go to War Childs Gaza response work and 50% of proceeds will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) who are doing absolutely vital work supporting the people of Gaza.To learn more and enter the prize draw please follow the link 👉 www.crowdfunder.co.uk/festivals-unite ... See MoreSee Less
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