Village stage

La Horde

La Horde stands at the crossing between Medieval, Pagan, Celtic music and Rock ’n Roll! All of this will be combined with a lot of humor and surprises. A show with La Horde is much more than just music, it’s good times shared between the audience and the band, where anything and everything can happen. It’s an unexpected journey, where the many adventures are worth the trip. Don’t get surprised if you find yourself dancing to old 90’s hits. It’s completely normal !

With their second album called “Bonne Nouvelle” (which means “Good News”, “Good Omen”) released in May 2016, La Horde went out to spread their message of love, party and fun in a humble way and with the main purpose of mixing musical quality and entertainment!

“Bonne Nouvelle” marked the arrival of Mich Rozek on drums (Ex­-Omnia, Ex-­Illiana, Rastaban). With this album, the band defines more precisely their own style, influenced by various genres, from Classical Music to Heavy Metal, and dig deeper in all these ideas to create folk music that gets the subtlety of classical music, the power of Rock ‘n Roll, and the Belgian sense of humor. 

La Horde plays on Friday and Saturday 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.

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.

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.

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.

Rastaban

Rastaban is a Tribal Folk project, a unique mix of traditional folk melodies, tribal vibes and world music elements.

Their musical inspiration comes from Celtic and Nordic trads, French medieval tunes, melodies from the Balkan lands, Oriental music, as well as trance and tribal rhythms from many primordial cultures around the world, combined with the energy inherited from their previous rock or even metal projects.

Rastaban invites you to dance, to share emotions and to create a place in your every day routine to celebrate Life through the sound of their moving and energetic music.

Band members:
Marine Libert: vocals.
Stéphan Késenne: fiddle, bouzouki, vocals.
Dominic Marchal: guitar.
Luka Aubri: slideridoo, vocals.
Mich Rozek: percussions.

Rastaban plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

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.

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.

Theodor Bastard

Theodor Bastard is one of the most unusual and independent Russian bands. They were pioneers of the world music and neofolk genres in Russia. The themes of band’s songs are very far from everyday problems and based on mythology and fantasy.

The hallmark of the band is the unique female vocal by Yana Veva, the lead vocalist and author of many songs, whose voice is filled with glory and in the same time by meditative serenity and mild warmth.

Theodor Bastard band turn their performances into a magic act that sends the audience to Eastern musical tradition, to Balkan and to Northern folk. Yana Veva often sings in private language invented and spoken only by her and in rare languages ranging from African and Asian to Native American and many more.

The musicians use electronic instruments: synthesizers, samplers, theremin as well as plenty of ethnic instruments: darbuka, ashiko, conga, djembe, daf, didgeridoo, gusli, cimbalom, dulcimer, agogo, bawu, mbira, marimba, ocarina, morin khuur, tibetan horn, jew’s harp and classic instruments: cello, harp and many more.

Theodor Bastard albums were released in 5 countries: Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Russia.

Theodor Bastard plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.