First acts unveiled for Knockengorroch 2020

Knockengorroch - Afro Celt

A delectable array of traditional, electronic and international music acts will bring sounds from around the globe to the hills of Galloway.

Acclaimed European and African based collective Afro Celt Sound System will join us. We’ve been after this band for a long time and thrilled to be able to finally welcome them to the hills.

Their latest work explores themes of migration – both human and avian (a theme we know well at Knockengorroch!) – with a dazzling cast of stellar musicians from around the globe.

Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, this European and African based collective has forged a reputation for energetic, uplifting shows featuring driving afro house, drum and bass beats, bold west African brass and exuberant electronic rhythms and bass lines.

Winners of the Songlines 2017 Best Group award and nominated for the same in the 2019 Awards, they combine folk traditions of different cultures in a unique and innovative way. We cannot wait!!!!

Not to be outdone we are proud to present:

  • Kel Assouf, who will bring his unique blend of Tuareg roots and Psychedelic rock to Knockengorroch. With one foot in the Sahara and the other in Europe, Kel melts the African trance rhythms with the energy of vintage rock.
  • Scottish favourites Shooglenifty will get crowds on their feet with their electric tunes and a full-on set of old favourites as the band celebrate 30 years together.
  • A dazzling, joyfully electric mix of contemporary and traditional tunes paired with beefy, powerful accompaniment celebrating Gaelic, Americana, country and pop from The Poozies.
  • Some of Scotland’s finest musicians, Moishe’s Bagel, will perform their thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and world folk music, blending Eastern European dance music and Middle Eastern rhythms.
  • Bristol nine-piece band Cut Capers showcasing a swinging vintage-style brass section with funk, soul and hip-hop.
  • Live dance music favourites The Inexplicables will bring their blending of styles ranging from hip hop and reggae to jungle and drum ‘n’ bass to the festival.
  • Internationally renowned Glasgow-based soundsystem and long term Knockengorroch stalwarts, music production collective Mungo’s Hi Fi will bring Jamaican music styles with the sounds of UK club to the hills of Galloway.

With many more acts to be announced, the full dance tent line-up will be revealed in the coming months and festival goers can expect cutting edge tunes from the length and breadth of these islands.

The festival will also feature environment and heritage workshops and activities, dancing, comedy, theatre shows, arts and crafts and lots for the kids.

Scotland’s longest running greenfield festival will take place Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 May 2020. Tickets are on sale NOW!

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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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