In our second music line-up we’ve just announced a whole host of amazing names set to rock the sweet meadows of Knockengorroch including our full Maddie’s dance tent programme as well as some hot new live acts.
Inspired by the legacy of the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, 13-piece Chilean orchestra Newen Afrobeat (pictured) bring a Latin stamp to African rhythms with lyrics that echo Fela Kuti’s war-cry of ‘music is the weapon’. Embedding deep social messages about their roots in colourful and energetic staging, Newen Afrobeat is more than a simple orchestra, it is an experience of music, dance, and social awareness.
Making noise on the Bo’Airigh stage this May is Joseph Malik & The Easter Road Northern Soul Band Joseph Malik’s songs address identity as well as injustice, playing songs from his new album – Diverse Part 3. Expect an achingly beautiful orchestral soul alongside a gritty, bare-knuckle funk, full of hard beats to match Malik’s combative energy.
These acts join an already astounding line-up of musicians from European and African based collective Afro Celt Sound System and elders of the traditional sound system L’Entourloop with special guests N’zeng, Troy Berkley and BlabberMouf.
Elsewhere on the line-up there’ll be cloud hopping songs to get you moving in spirit and body from Jemima Thewes and the Fuse; acoustic and folky beats with an excellent sense of humour from Scottish, Irish and English pals Holiday Club; the anarchic ‘wierdness’ of the Wierdstrings; and emotive songwriting and atmospheric soundscapes from London-based singer songwriter Theo Bard.
Across the field and away from the Bo’Airigh stage, Knockengorroch Festival will continue the party into the wee hours of the morning with a banging roster of Dubstep, Jungle, Dance, and Techno with the Maddie’s tent line up also released.
Always searching for new connections in a contemporary dub-inspired soundscape Dub Stuy, sound system collective and record label hailing from Brooklyn, New York.
Bristol-based record label and DJ collective rooted at the heart of drum and bass and jungle’s underground music scene Born on Road, with sets from label owners and founder Aries and Kelvin 373.
From the Stay Up Forever label and North London squat scene, techno legend Aaron Liberator. A sound from the real underground; always humble, always representing Acid Techno and the Stay Up Forever collective sound.
A turbo-charged performance from all singing, all dancing, punk, pop electronic duo My Bad Sister, mashing up traditional cockney-style performance with memorable melodies and heavy beats of all genres.
Samedia Shebeen returns to Knockengorroch for a 10th year to transport late-night party-goers to an imagined jungle retreat, blended though theNorth Fire Soundsystem
Mungo’s MC this May is keeping the DUB in Dubstep. Sun of Selah is heavily influenced by the dubbed out sounds of Rankin Dredd, King Tubby and The Scientist; he is committed to keep the organic sounds of Dub alive with productions full of heavy-weight and stepping bass line.
Jungle is massive – and award-winning Mrs Magoo is as big as they come. A dedicated junglist and motivated by pure passion for the music, Mrs Magoo can tear the roof off a dance at a moment’s notice.
One of the true innovators in techno, Neil Landstrumm has released records on a wide variety of electronic music’s finest labels over the last two decades. Always future proofed and laced with his own signature sound Landstrumm is an integral part of the UK electronic music culture.
Plus compulsive disseminator of 90’s sound Ma Bla; femme fatale of the free party movement ZoDownLo; raw infectious Techno grooves from Chris Fox aka Foxtrot; bold beats, brash baselines and upfront hooks from Toxicologist; and more.
Club takeovers at the Festival will include curated sets from Leeds collective Mood Swings, Edinburgh based BBL, Dumfries collective Easy Skankin Crew and Sarra Wild from Glasgow’s creative network and club night OH141.
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Bo Airigh Green Stage
Afro Celt Sound System * L’Entourloop * Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton’s Symbiosis * Newen Afrobeat * The Poozies * Moishe’s Bagel * Don Kipper * Tinderbox Collective * Joseph Malik and the Easter Road Northern Soul Band * Twelfth Day * Holiday Club * Muckle Samson Collective * Jemima Thewes and the Fuse * Blue Giant Orkestar * Tarantism * Kel Assouf
Shieling and elsewhere
Plump DJs * Mungos Hi Fi Sound System * Lowkey * Dub Stuy * Callum Easter * Nova * My Bad Sister * Samedia Shebeen * Samson Sounds * Dolphin Boy * Zoe Bestel * Sarra Wild * Neil Landstrumm * An Dannsa Dub * Fehdah * Sun of Selah * Dopesickfly * Ceitidh Mac * Stalawa * Mrs Magoo * Little Quirks * Midi Paul * Oscar Mic * Theo Bard * Gefahrgeist * Stacey McMullen * The Fuzzkills * Jukebox Bingo
In the Maddie’s
Aaron Liberator * Born on Road ft Aries & Kelvin 373 * Egebamyasi * BBL * Moodswings * KatchPyro * T Menace * Main Ingredient * Cosmic * Wonksie * Burdy * Special Ed * ZoDownLo * Foxtrot * Filthy Rich * Smurph * Morphamish * Easy Skankin Crew * Brother Most Righteous * Stereo Kriminal * Kyle Horne * Ma Bla * Toxicologist * Dubloons * Steadfast Sylvatica * Cenote Sounds
Plus still more acts to come in the Longhouse and Taigh Tent
If you haven’t got your ticket yet they’re still available here but don’t delay they’re flying away.