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GenreCeltic, World, Roots
DatesEnd of May (3 days)
Location(s)Galloway, Forest of Ae, Talnotry, Scotland
Years active1998 - present
A fire performance taking place at Knockengorroch Festival in Scotland, 2015.

Knockengorroch is a world music festival held annually among the Carsphairn hills in Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland. Originally there were two festivals held each year - the World Ceilidh, usually held around the end of May, and The Hairth, held in mid September. As of 2010, Knockengorroch ceased hosting two festivals each year and instead focused its attention on the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh festival. The festival started in 1998 and has licensing for around 3000 fans.

The early years[edit]

In mid-summer 1998 a 'rainbow gathering' was held on the Knockengorroch Farm in Galloway with the agreement of Simon and Liz Holmes. The festival is now an established event in the region. It has grown since its beginnings while still remaining an intimate and hospitable experience, welcoming people from all over Scotland, the UK and beyond for a relaxed, inspiring and riotous four days.

The festival has grown from an audience of 300 locals to 2700, including international visitors. The origin of the festival's name is unclear, but in Gaelic ‘knock’ (Cnoc) means a hill and ‘gorroch’ has a variety of meanings. The featured artists originate from Celtic, world and roots music genre and the festival has been held in various other locations as the Forest of Ae near Dumfries, and Talnotry near Newton Stewart.

Knockengorroch today[edit]

The festival now takes place in the Dumfries and Galloway hills, in a natural greenfield amphitheatre. The festival features outdoor and covered stages, a dance marquee, a recreated Iron Age Longhouse venue, a Ceilidh, a children’s marquee and procession, puppet shows, cabaret, fire shows, open mic, workshops, camping, real ale, food and shopping stalls. There is an emphasis on as much environmentally sound practice as possible, with a rigorous recycling policy, use of biodegradable products and alternative sources of power wherever possible, and both green and heritage workshops are available to participate in during the day.

The object of Knockengorroch artistic direction is to establish progressive linkage between the celebration of the natural amphitheatre of its venues and the now far-flung Celtic diaspora, once rooted in such homely places. It is Knockengorroch’s remit not only to celebrate ethnic diversity and fusion, but to make the music home in its natural home.

On the still wider contemporary seas of world-music the aim is primarily to promote multi-cultural forms and musical genres, highlighting the connection between roots music and the land that gave birth to that music and its people. Music from all continents is therefore booked alongside the best in Scottish, and European, talent to showcase Celtic and World music in both traditional and contemporary fields.

In 2015, Knockengorroch was one of 12 events to be recommended to be funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council's Major Events Strategic Fund. Others on the list included the Eden Festival and the Lockerbie Jazz Festival.[1]

Past line-ups[edit]

2015 line up[2]

  • Young Fathers
  • Aziza Brahim
  • B & the Roots Ragga Band
  • Peatbog Faeries
  • Shooglenifty
  • Scratch Perverts
  • Ferocious Dog
  • Mungo's Hi Fi Soundsystem ft Solo Banton
  • Awry
  • Gnawa Blues All Stars
  • Stanley Odd
  • Age of Glass
  • John Langan Band
  • DJ Format
  • Bella Hardy and Big Band
  • The Girobabies
  • Rob Heron & the Teapad Orchestra
  • Samedia Shebeen
  • The Amphetameanies
  • Big Swing Soundsystem
  • London Afrobeat Collective
  • Blackbeard’s Tea Party
  • Bunty Looping
  • Jenova Collective
  • Samson Sounds
  • No Go Stop
  • Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5
  • Fitty Gomash
  • The Navigantes
  • After Hours Quintet
  • Ed Cox
  • Frogpocket
  • Jemima Thewes
  • Ewan McLennan
  • Kate in the Kettle
  • Jeremy Mage & the Magi
  • DJ Dolphin Boy
  • The Badwills
  • Skayaman
  • Sticks and Stones
  • The Razorbills
  • The Chicken Brothers (TCB)
  • Griogair
  • Tam Tam 2000
  • PyroCeltica
  • Ross Ainslie
  • Stivs
  • Chapel Perilous Art System
  • Mayawaska
  • Breezak
  • PJ Coyle
  • Xymox
  • DJ Brainstorm
  • Easy Skankin Crew
  • Andy Mac
  • Ben-Jamin
  • Papa Shanti
  • Neil Templar
  • Key Lo
  • Kala Ushka
  • DJ Nem
  • Bit Monkey
  • Tom Tom the Piper’s Son
  • Mischief La-Bas
  • Voice Box Theatre
  • Teatro Magnetico
  • BassTonik
  • Swing and Shout
  • Cosmic
  • BBL vs Triple Drop
  • Wobbley Social
  • ETC
  • The Too Much Fun Club presents Sketch the Rhyme

2009 (September) Knockengorroch Doonhaime Hairth Line-up

  • Peatbog Faeries
  • 3 Daft Monkeys
  • Tiger Style
  • Tofu Love Frogs
  • Latin Dub Sound System
  • Glasgow Soundhaus
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi
  • Bombskare
  • Sambayabamba
  • Warblefly
  • Ed Cox
  • DJ Hobbes [Trouble]
  • Black Diamond Express
  • Frogpocket
  • Punch & The Apostles
  • Missing Cat
  • Haight Ashbury
  • Banana Sessions
  • Kuch Ke
  • Ruby & the Emeralds
  • Paddy & the Waggoneers
  • Mandalyn May

2009 World Ceilidh Line-up

2007 Festival Line-up[3]

2006 festival Line-up[4]

2005 festival Line-up[4]

  • 3 Daft Monkeys
  • Babylon Arab Band
  • Bebe Ouali
  • Desmond Dekker & the Aces
  • Elephant Talk 2
  • Errol Linton's Blues Vibe
  • John McSherry
  • Le Cod Afrique
  • Matt Seattle with the Eildon Strings
  • Michael McGoldrick Band
  • Mystery Juice
  • Planet Woman
  • Sheelanagig
  • Tarantism
  • The Assassenachs
  • The Ruffness
  • Virginia MacNaughton
  • Wuyan Mei & Co

Primary Ticket Outlets[edit]



  1. ^ "Knockengorroch music festival set to get financial boost from council along with local rallies". Daily Record. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Knockengorroch 2015 line up". Knockengorroch Festival. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  3. ^ Line-ups and rumours - search results
  4. ^ a b Line-ups and rumours - search results
  5. ^ [1]

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