Opening concert

Ball Noir

Like obsessed alchemists BALL NOIR mixes the worlds of programming and electric devices with medieval and classical instruments. Inspired by their heroes from Anathema, My Dying Bride and Qntal they write medieval metal, with a greed for haunting melodies, dark fantasies and smashing heartbeats. Every BALL NOIR live show gives a glimpse into their laboratory: a feast of wings, candles, clocks and costumes.

Ball Noir will present their new CD at Castlefest!

Ball Noir plays on Thursday at Castlefest.


Plunder is a pirate partyfolk band from Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. The band makes danceable Dutch songs and chanteys about desire, love and freedom and always get the party going. Plunder consists of five enthusiasts with authentic instruments and the need to make music. Influenced by various styles such as Irish folk, balkan, country, ska and klezmer the group creates their own rousing and energetic sound. With a gig of this bunch of troublemakers every place they visit will definitely be plundered! 

Plunder plays on Thursday, Friday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Ye Banished Privateers

YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS takes you 300 years back in time for an imaginary journey through the harsh life at sea during the early 18th century. With songs inspired by traditional Irish and Scandinavian folk music, acting and elaborate historical clothing the privateers tell a story about the rough sailor’s life, lived on the other side of the law – and the fight against oppression and nationalism.

Together, the nearly 30 crew members take turns to go on tour and plunder, and with around a dozen sailors on stage no two shows are ever the same. The mix of rude folk and punk music invites you to dance and sing along, while the gripping ballads will make the toughest pirate heart soft.

Ye Banished Privateers plays on Thursday and Friday at Castlefest.


Few could have envisioned the bright future that the Norns had in store for HEIDEVOLK back in 2002. Since its inception in Arnhem (the Netherlands) fourteen years ago, HEIDEVOLK came, saw, and conquered stages throughout Europe with their very own brand of folk metal. Instantly recognizable dual clean male vocals and irresistibly catchy songs have ignited the pagan fire in the souls of many on the continent. They deliver their songs on divine matters and profane pleasures with equal integrity, fueled by a folkloric fire and pagan pride. With a repertoire ranging from epic to raging, captivating live shows and an undying desire to perform, HEIDEVOLK has become a familiar face Europe and North America.

HEIDEVOLK stands for an uncompromising attitude, intense shows, and the transcendence of barriers between performer and audience… even if your Dutch sucks!

HEIDEVOLK plays on Thursday at Castlefest.