world beats, thundercrow, folk, omnia, reggae, didgeridoo


ThunderCrow is a drum ‘n’ didge duo from Eindhoven, The Netherlands. They play hybrid world beats, a mix of analog and digital music.

Drummer Rob and didgeridoo player Daphyd have been playing together for years already. They also play in another eccentric band called OMNIA for seven years now and they have been touring in Europe, the USA and Mexico.

They played their first tour as the ThunderCrow duo in the BeNeLux with one of their idols, Michael Franti.

ThunderCrow released their first album called “Drop It” at Altstadt in Eindhoven, February ’17.
With the main use of the Didgeridoo and Drums, you will hear a mix of Drum and Bass, World, Reggae, Psy-Trance, Chill out Music and much more.

ThunderCrow plays on Friday at Castlefest. This show will be only accessible for Castlefest camping guests.

Faun, Fiona, Castlefest, pagan folk, celtic folk, classical music


Fiona – singer and bagpiper/flutist of FAUN – surprises with showing an entirely new side of her musical work – and it´s like opening the door to a secret garden.

Her sound is a delicate fusion of romantic classical music and playful celtic folk melodies, uniquely blended together to soulful cinematic soundscapes.

She carries her listeners away with intimate and timeless compositions, leading from pure minimalistic piano moments to intensely woven arrangements of some movie soundtrack quality. Listen close and you will find elements of nature in the spherical sound, like drops of water and footsteps on a forest floor forming the rythm and beat, or even a bird´s voice tuning in to minimalistic piano patterns.

Fionas blue grand piano is floating like an enchanted ship reaching out it´s way through a mystical foggy evening full of dreams and dance.

Fiona Frewert: piano, vocals, irish whistle
Alex Schulz: Percussion, drums, soundscapes
Maya Fridman: Cello
Special guests: tba

sunfire, castlefest, elfia, americana, roots, blues, folk


The Old West. Hot, dry and a true mess. Women and men needed true grit to survive the hardships of the newly claimed land. A time of feared outlaws, predatory cattlemen, heroic sheriffs and brave men that won the West. In other words, a time that has been highly romanticized. The tales close to the truth didn’t always have a happy ending.

The four troubadours of Sunfire compose tales about these hard times and work as much as they can to entertain the audience with gritty and quite dance-able Alternative Western Folk. Influenced by Americana, Roots, blues and a pinch of sweet, good ol’ fiddle music this four-headed band gets a sound unlike any other.

Sunfire plays on Friday and Saturday at Castlefest.

The Dolmen, folk, Castlefest, Witches Folk

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 band 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 December 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”. Their soon to be released album Wytches & Cunningfolk will take that trip a step further. The release of ‘NUADA’ has found The Dolmen nominated in the ‘Bastaard Fantasy Awards’ in 2017 for best album internationally and nominated best live act internationally. They won both awards. 2017 brought The Dolmen to Wacken Open Air where they gigged for 3 days for thousands of people. The Dolmen continue to grow as they take off on their journey into ever expanding territories.

The Dolmen plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

pagan speed folk, perkelt, castlefest, pagan folk


PerKelt is Pagan Speed Folk.

When the joy of playing fast and tight was being fed into the mankind, the PerKelt members sat down and just kept eating… The unrivalled synergy of crazily quick whistles, tribal drumming, haunting vocals and devilish fiddle is used here to fill your hearts, souls, minds and bodies, while bathing in their pagan poetry about the folklore spirituality, love, nature and the joy of living.

Over 700 performances across the Europe so far (United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland and Czech Republic), critically acclaimed albums, winners of the Best Live Act in the UK Exposure Music Awards 2014 and finalists of the Best Live Act International Bastaard Fantasy Awards 2017, PerKelt see dropping jaws in the audience everywhere they appear.

PerKelt are: a prodigy Paya Lehane (CZ) on whistles, lead vocals and harp; Steppy Honc (CZ) on the guitar, Dave Maurette (FR) on tribal drums and percussion, and Duncan Menzies (Scotland) on fiddles.

PerKelt plays on Thursday and Saturday at Castlefest.

Coppelius, Castlefest, Elfia, fantasy, steampunk


Coppelius – the great proof that rock music goes back to 19th century!

Six noble, but mysteriously pale Gentlemen with silk hats and tailcoats play their chamber chore instruments in a fascinating way, accompanied by their japanese drummer. With catchy melodies, thrilling rhythms and mosh-able highlights, they create a new kind of Rock Show. Travelling and performing with their butler at all times, they also deliver a great theatrical performance.

Having fallen out of their original time, as the Gentlemen assure, they had to adapt to modern times – and now, stuck in our present and their future, they perform their very own kind of chamber music – “Kammercore” – on a technical level suited for opera houses. As bizarre as it is outstanding, their stage show includes a magnificent performance which makes Coppelius an absolute highlight for metal heads, steampunkers and gothics alike.

Their songs mostly borrow themes from so-called “dark romanticism” – madness, drug experiences and the sometimes scary influence of modern technology – but they also include cover versions of songs known from Iron Maiden and Motörhead in the very unique style of Coppelius.

Coppelius plays on Thursday and Friday at Castlefest.


IRFAN is an Ethereal World Music band formed in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2001. The kaleidoscopic sound of IRFAN reveals an original electro-acoustic World Fusion influenced by the sacred and folk music traditions of the Balkans, Anatolia, Persia, the Middle East, North Africa and India, as well as by the musical and spiritual heritage of Byzantium, Medieval Europe and the Ancient Mediterranean. Its integrity bears the depths of an audio-archeology that explores the lost prehistoric universal musical heritage within the layers of time. IRFAN is known for its extensive use of ethereal and mystic female vocals in addition to strong male vocals and choirs in combination with an assortment of traditional Bulgarian, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Persian and Indian string, wind, key and percussive instruments woven into a delicate electronic sound. The band’s name is borrowed from the Sufi’s terminology and means “gnosis”, “secret knowledge” or “revelation”. And indeed the music of IRFAN is an invitation for a mystical trip in and beyond time. A message, poetically revealed in the language of the heart.

Band Members:
Ivaylo Petrov – oud, baglama saz, tambura, setar, sitar, santour, programming
Kalin Yordanov – vocals, daf, bodhran, darbouka
Peter Todorov – darbouka, zarb, riq, electronic percussion pad
Yasen Lazarov – kaval, nay, duduk, harmonium


Darina Zlatkova – vocals

elektronische keltische muziek, the sidh, castlefest 2018, dubstep, folk


The SIDH is a young and energetic band, always looking for new ideas and musical arrangements, without forgetting their roots. A combination of highly contemporary and electronic Celtic music, by use of whistles and bagpipes, keyboards and percussion, Hip Hop and Dubstep beats, creating an original and innovative result. This way they are able to create atmospheres with a distinctive scent of “future tradition”. 

With dozens of Tours between Europe and Asia (China, Ireland, Poland, Italy to name a few), collaborations 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, Hip Hop and Irish Whistles.

The SIDH will present their latest album “Another Way to Fly” released worldwide at the beginning of 2018.

The SIDH plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

nordic folk, kaunan, castlefest 2018


The Nordic folk trio KAUNAN breathe new life into old traditional Scandinavian music, re-awakening the ancient realms of pre-Christian folklore by drawing on ancient songs and tunes; odd scales; early folk instruments like the kontrabasharpa, the hurdy-gurdy, various lutes, the lyre, and the bagpipes; and the old Nordic myths.

KAUNAN is Oliver S. Tyr (Ger.), Boris Koller (Au.) and Göran Hallmarken (Swe). Oliver S. Tyr is the frontman of the well-known German folk band FAUN. Boris Koller is a professional painter and composer who specializes in working with the old types of Nyckelharpa (the Kontrabasharpa, and Gammelharpa). He has contributed to numerous studio productions and concerts performed by various early music ensembles. Göran Hallmarken is one of the most outstanding hurdy-gurdy players on the Swedish folk and medieval music scene.

As of now (2017), KAUNAN have played concerts in Germany, Sweden, France and the Netherlands. Audiences have been fascinated not only by their virtuous performances, but also by the drive and archaic power that lies behind their fresh interpretations of the old nordic songs. KAUNAN do not simply play a Polska; they celebrate it, with almost religious passion.

KAUNAN plays on Friday at Castlefest.

More information will follow soon.