Village stage

Brisinga

The two girls forming the psychedelic folk band Brisinga combine folk music with modern influences, such as minimal music and pop.

Their unique compositions tell stories of nature, love and myths, expressed on various folkloristic, partly ancient instruments such as recorder, hurdy gurdy and harp. Their style crosses borders between raw, archaic chants and fine folk tunes.

Since the release of their debut album ‘Visa Nornir’ in 2017, Brisinga has developed a versatile sound with a touch of chamber music, which aims to address a broad range of listeners.

On Castlefest 2018, they will be supported again by Sandra Schmitt (Storm Seeker) on cello, nyckelharpa, drum and vocals.

Brisinga plays on Sunday 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 Thursday and Saturday at Castlefest.

Kelten zonder Grenzen

This close knit group of friends has been playing music for many years, but their adventures together go back many more! Their catching cheerfulness and humor is typical for each of performance.

With a particular combination of instruments the Kelten play their own kind of folk: from sweet, little and romantic to stamping, wild and hysterical tunes.

Come and dance, party and enjoy with the Kelten zonder Grenzen! Be carried away with their positive energy and enthusiastic joie de vivre…you will have a smile on your face for the rest of the day!

Kelten zonder Grenzen plays on Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Prima Nocta

Prima Nocta produces an extravagant mixture of Celtic folk, rock and many other styles, combined with humor power and charisma.  With the addition of traditional instruments like bouzouki and bagpipes on top of the drums, every song is made to jump and party.

Prima Nocta plays on Friday, 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 spectacular 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.

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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.

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Coppelius

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.

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The SIDH

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. Their show on Saturday will be only accessible for Castlefest camping guests.

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KAUNAN

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.