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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Festival enjoys busiest year yet

A RECORD number of revellers enjoyed this year’s Knockengorroch Festival.

The organisers of Scotland’s longest running greenfield festival, which just celebrated its 25th year, have revealed they had 3000 attendees at last month’s event.

They described it as a ‘great success’ with visitors from as far afield as France, Chile, Canada, America, as well as closer to home, enjoying the eight venues, family activity areas and 80 acts.

The sun shone all weekend long as the Carsphairn Hills were filled with celtic and folk music, dance and synths, captivating vocals, hip-hop, and rap.

Friends having festival fun

Highlights included Mungo’s Hi-Fi Sunday take-over, La Dame Blanche, the Discee Centre Opening Ceremony and The Real Merlin Project commission premiere.

And there was an emphasis on promoting an eco-friendly environment for community music, with Gaelic activities, recycling initiatives, a plastic free zone, the use of local food and goods traders and naturally-built stages and venues. Festival producer Katch Holmes said: “Since 1998, Knockengorroch has been about the coming together of different cultures, artists and audiences, giving them a space to express themselves and welcoming them into the festival family – and 2023 was no different!

“The land that Knockengorroch calls home is at the heart of the festival, and we do all we can to work with our community to protect and respect it. The team, my family, and I believe that the most important thing we can do to help people and the planet is to establish appreciation of, understanding of and engagement with the land – something we’re very proud to have done for two and a half decades.

“This is who we are at the root of our festival and what we want to build upon for the next 25 years, the land and the collaboration of like minded people, with great music for all.”

Planning has already started for 2024 when it will take place from May 23-26. Tickets go on sale in July.

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