First line-up announcement!

Benjamin Zephaniah and the Revolutionary Minds will be playing on a rare tour of the UK. Widely celebrated as one of the greatest poets of his generation, Zephaniah is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls “street politics”. His poetry, books and plays have captivated hearts and minds, fuelling imaginations and winning him a legion of fans all over the world. His music is no less fervent. The Revolutionary Minds tour will bring a deep selection of dub-reggae juggernauts to resound off the Knockengorroch hills!

The multi award-winning Highland band Elephant Sessions. Combining the very best of trad, funk and electronica this quartet’s live set has sent audiences into euphoria throughout Europe, Australia and beyond.

2019’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation winners Talisk (pictured) will also take to the Knockengorroch stage this spring. Led by the concertina virtuoso Mohsen Amini, this band are currently taking the Scottish folk world by storm.

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2019 - Talisk and Moonlight Benjamin

The inimitable Moonlight Benjamin (pictured) will play the Galloway hills for the first time after her storming gig at Celtic Connections. With her amazingly powerful and original fusion between Caribbean voodoo melodies and rhythms alongside 70’s US blues rock, Moonlight’s voodoo trance will have Knock’s audiences transfixed.

Griogair Labhruidh, collaborator with Afro Celt Sound System, will draw on the Gaelic tradition of spoken word and rhythm. He’ll be performing his new album, featuring Gaelic rap, African percussion, MC and DJs.

Also premiering his brand new album live will be rapper, multi-instrumentalist and singer Dizraeli. This knock performance will mark a much-anticipated comeback onto the music scene after a period of self-reflection and development.

Knockengorroch’s own new music commission Oran Bagraidh featuring a heady blend of Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Irish, Scots and English from Gwyneth Glyn, Josie Duncan, Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, Barnaby Brown, Bragod, Conor Caldwell and MacGillivray.

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, Scotland’s own authentic taiko drumming outfit complete with after dark UV show.

Glasgow’s own dub heavyweights and Knockengorroch regulars, Mungos Hi Fi Sound System, complete with full sound system and featuring MC Kenny Knots.

Solareye aka Dave Hook of Stanley Odd, winner of the Scottish Alternative hip hop Awards.

From the Basque country top sounds and dance workshop from Korrontzi

Techno legend DJ Jerome Hill

British Drum and Bass pioneers Ed Rush and Optical

All female, Scottish rap group The Honey Farm

AND Delightful Squalor, Omar Afifand Gnawa Trance Fusion, Gypsy Roots, Bristol Branch, The Matatunes, Awry, the Dalmellington Silver Band

with still more to be announced.

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