Forest stage

Árstíðir

Not many bands can lay claim to the kind of dramatic career development that the Icelandic band Árstíðir can. Formed in the wake of the 2008 stock market crash, they found themselves catapulted to the top of the Icelandic music charts within six months of their debut, and then forged ahead with their 2010 tour despite a volcanic eruption that stalled global travel.

Árstíðir’s music defies genre borders and might best be described as classically influenced indie folk rock. Whether in a train station in Germany, a concert hall in Russia or a bar at home in Reykjavík, theirs is music that mesmerizes audiences. The band members’ wide range of musical backgrounds and experience, combined with professional interests ranging from law to literature and engineering to computers, make them unique in their wholly democratic approach to music making and performance. Entwining the elements of sound with lyrics describing heartbreak, longing, memory and a deep connection to the circular oneness of life, they marry organic acoustic traditions and modern electronic arrangements with intricate simplicity and unpretentious skill. 

Árstíðir plays on Friday at Castlefest.

SeeD

The Fae and Pagan folk band SeeD taps into the mysterious world of the Ancient Fae and the modern world of dreams and passions in life.

Their aim is to make these two separate worlds converge, thus activating people in making the best of both. The four musicians travel from festival to festival to inspire the people lost in this world and to tell the listener tales of the vast Fae realms, or to simply get everyone dancing to the energetic, self-composed Pagan folk tunes.

SeeD plays music of their own creation. Every single one of the band members helps with composing and writing the music, thus creating an organic flow of creation. Because of this, there is not just one kind of song in their repertoire, but a healthy mix of all kinds of Pagan Folk tunes and songs.

SeeD plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

SeeD’s new album “Through the Veil” will be released at Castlefest, during the show on Friday.

Cesair

Ever since mankind learned how to speak, stories have been shared and passed down through generations. As such, legends gave birth to epic songs. It is this manner of storytelling that lies at the heart of Cesair’s music. As a band, they aim to bring to life the epic tale of the eponymous Cesair, a mythological princess that sailed the oceans 5,000 years ago. 

They set to music the chapters of her story, captured by the words of many romantic souls, with unique, original compositions, performed on a great variety of instruments. Their music incorporates the musical, spiritual and historical heritage of cultures from all around the Orient and Occident, creating a mixture of eastern sounds and rhythms and traditional as well as modern European folk music. They invite you to join them in a world of timeless adventures and colourful characters, and to take part in a story that may last a lifetime.

Cesair will present their new line-up as well as their new full-length album on Castlefest 2017.

Cesair plays on Friday at Castlefest.

Steve the Machine

Steve the Machine is a Musician and a DJ. His profession is playing Drums and Percussion in (almost) every genre for the last 35 years. From Jazz to Rock and from Reggae to Classical Music.
He works as a DJ as well for more than 15 years, which is his second big passion. Spinning Music in small underground Clubs up to big Festivals. His taste of music is varied and he feels the audience to see what makes people move and dance. Beats, Balkan/Worldmusic, Electronic Music are some of the styles he offers.

Since Steve is part of BerlinskiBeat, his already existing interest in the World of Balkan music is growing day by day and he includes more and more songs of this genre in his DJ-Sets.
Steve feels and reads the crowd. 

Don’t forget… IT’S ALL ABOUT MUSIC!

Steve the Machine plays on Friday at Castlefest. 

Mutefish

MUTEFISH are culturally diverse six piece band from Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal and Ukraine. They fuse the musical sounds and cultures of Eastern Europe with traditional Irish influences resulting in an engaging melodic compilation of tracks. Each band member brings their distinct musical backgrounds and tastes giving them their unique sound which makes it difficult to label their style or genre.

Mutefish plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Corvus Corax

The story of Corvus Corax starts with a journey. Shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall Castus and Wim, who had worked as street musicians in the GDR committed what the regime called “Republikflucht” and left eastern Germany. In memory of a tame raven they had to leave behind they called themselves Corvus Corax. The first album, “Ante Casu Pecatti”, was released as a cassette in the same year. Soon the band became known for driving rhythms, sweaty concerts and masterly instrumental technique. With drums and huge bagpipes (handcrafted by Wim), juggling and entertaining interaction with audiences, Corvus Corax contributed significantly to the development of Medieval Music as we know it. Albums like “Mille Anni Passi Sunt”, were influential to an entire scene from Moscow to Mexico City. They toured in Japan and China, the U.S. and Canada as well as all over Europe.

What will be next is written in the stars, as Corvus Corax were always unpredictable. But one thing is for sure: they will surprise us and reinvent themselves again to a certain extent.

Corvus Corax plays on the Saturday of Castlefest.

Photo by Christian Ermel (foxandmagpie.com)

The Dolmen

The Dolmen are a relentless organic Celtic rock band born from the county of Dorset, England. Their mission has been to infiltrate the minds and souls of a growing audience with their tribal rhythms and powerful spiritual renditions. 

The Dolmen was founded by prolific song writer & lead singer, Taloch Jameson and after a few changes over the years, the current line-up has been solid since 2010 when drummer, Chris Harris, joined The Dolmen experience. Josh Elliott, lead guitarist, joined The Dolmen family in 2009 and Kayleigh Marchant, bass guitar & vocals, became a member in 2008. After breaking into Europe The Dolmen then found Anja Novotny, flutes & keyboard, in 2015. 

Their latest album ‘NUADA’ released in 2016 is emblematic of their success, and testament to the band’s artistic evolution and enthusiasm, described by Van Muylem of SNOOZECONTROL “as an exceptional trip”. The release of ‘NUADA’ has also found The Dolmen nominated in the ‘Bastaard Fantasy Awards’ for best album internationally and nominated best live act internationally. Which they both won.

The Dolmen now continue to grow as they continue their journey into more of Europe and around the UK.
The Dolmen plays on Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Heilung

Remember, that we all are brothers
All people, beasts, trees and stone and wind
We all descend from the one great being
That was always there
Before people lived and named it
Before the first seed sprouted    

Heilung is Amplified History and creates sounds from the Northern European Iron Age and Viking period. The vocal performances consist of normal singing, whispering, screaming and throat singing, known from ancient Tibet and Mongolia.

The purpose is to show the relations between the languages and create a feeling for the roots of ancient and modern European communication. 

Heilung at it’s core is leaning towards creating and portraying ancient atmospheres, more than directly being influenced by modern compositions, hence creating Amplified History. Heilung contains sounds, that consciously aim to alter your state of mind.

Heilung has chosen Castlefest deliberately to present their first and exclusive live premiere this summer.
Heilung plays on Saturday at Castlefest.

 

EMIAN

From Celtic to North European culture, from medieval ballads to shamanic chants: the music of EMIAN combines North European and Mediterranean folk languages, capturing the listeners’ attention through enchanting songs, leading their mind to spectaculair sceneries such as snowy peaks and enchanted woods, along the Scandinavian fjords. They are offered the unique and unexpected opportunity to discover their deepest self together with lost archaic feelings that can bring back the ancestral harmony with the universe. 

EMIAN plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Berlinski Beat

Roaring Twenties & Sound of the Streets in Berlin: That’s Berlinski Beat. Seven musicians from Berlin with roots in four different countries. The Streets of Berlin are international; Berlinski Beat renew the Roaring Twenties alike with an international flair: Berlin classics with danceable rhythms, Balkan Beats and Mariachi music. No matter if you go out clubbing or just take a walk through the Streets of Berlin: Berlinski Beat let you experience the feeling of bygone Twenties. During Live Performance the seven multifarious characters in fashionable black and turquoise excite the audience with multicultural charm, a heady show and outstanding instruments: staged percussions, a commanding horn section and actually bagpipes and shawms become modern Indie Pop-instruments as unique eye catcher.

Berlinski Beat plays on the Friday of Castlefest

Photo by Christian Ermel (foxandmagpie.com)

Rapalje

Two thousand years ago the Celts were driven off of mainland Europe. All Celts? No, one band bravely resisted the influx of modern pop and rock and found their own place in the world of music.

Armed with nothing but their voices and instruments, Rapalje is raiding clubs and halls far and wide, looking for victims to carry away on a musical journey through Scottish Higlands, Irish valleys, taverns and inns. Ground shaking jigs and reels, delicate ballads and a whiff of heavy metal provide you with the perfect opportunity to not care about every day life.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s dance  

Rapalje plays on Sunday at Castlefest.

Russkaja

For almost a decade RUSSKAJA have spread healthy Turbo Polka all over the world! Their self-created “collective feeling of consciousness expansion” has become legendary. This band is a perfect example of starting in small venues, then moving to the biggest stages after 10 years with more than 600 performances worldwide and still delivering pure energy & finest cultural musical diversity. They spread the joy of life and say that there’s no need to speak Russian to understand the philosophy of RUSSKAJA. Well, that’s right, as the multicultural cast around the charismatic Russian front man Georgij Makazaria reflects this immerse power perfectly!

Their brand new and upcoming album “PEACE, LOVE & RUSSIAN ROLL” was released last summer – and the name says it all, with a twinkle in the eye. One can definitely say that Russkaja have created their very own style over the past years: a blend of Balkan music and Metal matched perfectly between Polka, Eastern Rock, Rock and Roll as well as mariachi and US country music influences. A contradiction? No, not at all! The band simply calls their music Russian Turbo Polka and this high speed sensation delivers the perfect soundtrack to nearly everything! 

The musical message of Russkaja is completely clear then: dance, dance, dance to “PEACE, LOVE & RUSSIAN ROLL”! They have conquered the clubs and open air festivals all over Europe by surprise and distributed their high-speed Brass to the world. This is not only a Balkan fashion, these guys are not simply great power pioneers from Moscow, this simply is the pure sound of anarchy!

Russkaja plays on Sunday at Castlefest.