We can’t wait for our next instalment of festival magic and mayhem in the Knockengorroch hills! Just to let you know of a few things in advance of the adventure…
Knockengorroch is a unique site. It is located deep in the Southern Uplands of Scotland. There are no shops, ATMs, petrol stations or urban ‘civilization’ for 10 miles. Please bear this in mind when you pack!
Bring warm and waterproof clothing plus sunscreen! Also any food and provisions you would need for camping for four days in the hills, bearing in mind we have quite a few well priced caterers on site.
Please look after yourself and those around you!
Vehicles and access
Knockengorroch is a unique site. The last leg of your journey will take you off the A road and 4 miles along private roads. In order to use these roads for festival access we are subject to certain restrictions. We must keep a very close eye on number and type of vehicles coming in. If you are bringing a vehicle on to the site you must purchase a vehicle pass at the appropriate rate. Our vehicle passes reflect the fact that we are not on a public road. Please try and car share wherever possible and save costs.
Vehicle passes for over 3 tonnes will only be available to purchase in advance and vehicles must have a vehicle pass to enter. If in doubt email [email protected]
Please note there is no access for vehicles over 7 ½ tonnes or vehicles or caravans wider than 7 feet.
We highly recommend you buy a vehicle pass in advance. In 2017 we SOLD OUT of vehicle passes on friday and some vehicles were turned away though we were still able to fit pedestrians on site. We cannot guarantee that this will not happen again. Buying your vehicle pass in advance will guarantee you get it on site.
Vehicle passes will be available to purchase on the gate subject to availability only.
In 2018 for the first time we will have provisions for off site parking. Parking here will be at a much reduced price and a shuttle bus will bring you onto the site. Three and four day passes will be available for this car park in advance for anyone who would like a cheaper parking option and also any who have not bought their passes in advance if they cannot fit onto the site. One and two day off site car parking passes will be available to purchase online on Saturday subject to availability.
In 2018 we will also be running larger Knock buses to allow more people to go car free.
Gate opening times
Thursday – 10am to midnight. NO ENTRY after midnight
Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 9am to midnight. NO ENTRY after midnight
Our buoyant bar and stage opens at lunchtime, giving plenty of time to park, position your camper, pitch your tent and greet old friends. You’ll also have time to browse our global shopping and food stalls, even go for a walk in our stunning upland glen – the views are fantastic from just a little way up Dodd Hill! Our iconic longhouse venue is also open for some brilliant acoustic music late into the night.
On the gate prices
Tickets will be available to purchase on the gate subject to availability. Check online the morning you plan to arrive and please purchase before leaving if you can so that we know you are coming.
One and two day tickets
One and two day tickets are NOT available to buy on Friday.
You can buy either a one or two day ticket on Saturday subject to availability.
A limited number of advance one day Sunday tickets are now available to buy. You may also be able to buy on the gate subject to availability.
If we have space one day Saturday tickets will go up for sale online on Saturday morning. Please make sure you buy at least your vehicle pass in advance so we know to keep space for you.
People with advance 3 day Friday entry tickets can pay an extra £20 to be admitted Thursday on the gate, subject to availability.
Deaf and Disabled guests
We aim to be accessible to all. Full time carers and support workers accompanying disabled ticket buyers will be admitted free of charge. Accessible camping, parking and toilets are also available on request if booked in advance.
Please email Fiona at [email protected] if this applies to you. you will be required to provide evidence.
Workshops begin at 9am each morning and continue throughout the day. The music stages begin from 12 noon and the dance venues continue until 5am. There are options to camp further away from the dance tents if you are concerned about noise. Just make sure you turn up early and ask the stewards about the best place.
Hire a Yurt
There is the option of hiring a yurt and staying in that if tents aren’t your thing or you fancy something special. The yurts are handcrafted by Red Kite Yurts. There are a range of sizes available and prices start at around £200. They always sell out so get in there early! Contact Paul Millard. Tel 01877 330943, email
Mobile phone signals are patchy around the site but generally O2, Virgin, T-mobile and Orange get reception. The office landline can be used in an emergency.
The Knock Bus
The Knock Bus travels from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dumfries and Carlisle to the festival site on Thursday and Friday, returning on Monday. Further info here. PLEASE NOTE – Knockbus E-tickets will be emailed to you. Your name will also be on the passenger list with the number of seats you’ve booked when you board.
Please contact us or call the fest office on 01644 460662.