Scarlet Stories op Castlefest prog rock prog metal

Scarlet Stories

“Nature’s creative power is far beyond man’s instinct of destruction (Jules Verne, 1869)”

Scarlet Stories at Castlefest

Scarlet Stories at Castlefest: a newcomer in our line-up! Powerful, dynamic vocals and melancholic melodies blend with temperamental chords to create sinister tales that carry you away. Scarlet Stories explores the dark corners of the world in their progressive, eclectic music. One moment fragile and delicate, and the other intense, passionate and fierce!

Band history

Scarlet Stories originally consisted of Bram te Kamp and Lisette van den Berg (Ayreon, Karmaflow). They started out by creating melancholic acoustic songs, heavily influenced by progressive metal. In the fall of 2012, they decided to accept the challenge to sculpt their music in both an acoustic and expanded form. By joining forces with Tim Kuper (Kudra Mata), Carmen Raats (Witte Wieven) and Maarten Grimm, Scarlet Stories creates a unique type of dark music with an eclectic range of musical influences. The stories told are about mankind’s darkest emotions and acts, inequity, beauty and murder. The lyrics are written to make you think about the world we live in and delivered with an impressive and dramatic live performance.

Scarlet Stories was support act for Antimatter, Danny Cavanagh (Anathema), Gus G & Marty Friedman, Stream of Passion, KLONE and more. After releasing two ep albums, Scarlet Stories is now working on their first full-length album. The music video of the first single of the album ‘Vingt mille lieues sous les mers’ was released in October 2018 during their successful crowdfunding campaign. In 2019 they return to the studio to record the album together with producer Joost van den Broek (Ayreon, Navarone, VUUR, Marcela Bovio, MaYaN)!

Definitely check out Scarlet Stories at Castlefest! The band plays the Meadow Stage on Saturday.

cesair op Castlefest folk


Cesair at Castlefest

Ever since mankind learned 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. She was a mythological princess who sailed the oceans 5000 years ago. They set to music the chapters of her story, captured by the words of many romantic souls. Cesair makes use of 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. This creates a mixture of eastern sounds and rhythms as well as traditional and 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 plays the Forest Stage on Friday.

Sunfire op Castlefest band western folk


Sunfire at Castlefest

Sunfire is an amazing contemporary western folk band that consists of five incredibly talented and experienced
musicians. They’ve conquered the hearts of many fans in a very short amount of time. No matter which stage, party or festival they play: they always deliver a unique and energetic performance!

Sunfire writes and composes their own material. They released their second album ‘Sinners’ Town’ last
August and are working on a third one. The band skilfully blends multiple genres, such as folk, rock, country and bluegrass. You’ll easily pick up on this western folk vibe when you listen to their music. Expect raw vocals, enthralling tales, and irresistible rhythms and melodies. Their music can be compared to the Sonoran Desert: pure, hot, wild, and unpredictable. A deadly combination to any music lover.

We’ll let you in on a little secret: they’re even better live! The tunes are catchy and the energy on stage will make you want to party. Seeing Sunfire perform at Castlefest comes with a warning: you may get addicted. Beware: you’ll probably start to dance, and you won’t be able to get the songs out of your head!

Sunfire will play the Meadow Stage on Thursday and Saturday and the Forest Stage on Sunday.

The SIDH op Castlefest


The SIDH at Castlefest

The SIDH is back at Castlefest! They are a young and energetic band: always looking for new ideas and musical arrangements, without forgetting their roots. Their music is a combination of highly contemporary and electronic Celtic music. They make use of whistles and bagpipes, keyboards and percussion and hiphop and dubstep beats. This yields an original and innovative result. The SIDH creates an atmosphere with a distinctive scent of “future tradition”.

The SIDH has done dozens of tours between Europe and Asia (China, Ireland, Poland, Italy to name a few) and collaborated with the world’s greatest artists (Lindsey Stirling, Hevia, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and many more). These four young musicians are able to recreate strong and exciting sounds made with dubstep rhythms and Scottish bagpipes, hiphop and Irish whistles.

It is impossible not to be sucked in by the enthusiasm of the SIDH. Watch out: before you know it, you’ll be dancing!

The SIDH will play the Meadow Stage on Thursday and the Forest Stage on Friday.

More information will follow soon.