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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
First acts revealed for festival in the hills

THE Knockengorroch Festival has announced the first acts of it 2024 line-up.

The three-day music festival is on from May 23-26, and will welcome back festival favourite artists – alongside exciting new acts from Scotland, the UK and beyond.

With the full line-up still to be announced, initial acts for the festival’s 26th year includes Banco de Gaia, described one of the world’s most respected audio artists, known for the ‘timeless’ sound that has defined his performance and releases for over 30 years. His legacy of world-infused dance and ambient music is as glittering as it is diverse.

Also taking to the stage will be Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening. Kathryn is the international leading exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, the genre-melting four piece band is inspired by the dramatic and weather-bitten landscape of Hadrian’s Wall. With songs ranging from Amen-inspired breakbeats and ominous vocals, to the wildest of piping, the band connects and explores the land’s historic threads of music, landscape, and people.

KNOCHENGORROCH 2024 . . . Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

Back to grace Knockengorroch’s stage, Honeyfeet are equally proficient in headlining festival stages as they are stripping back to sublime obscure jazz for theatre stages. An eclectic troupe with heavy sound that spans from the bountiful to the subtle across everything from big-band swing to Alabama blues-tinged folk, all held together by powerful vocals and flute from Ríoghnach Connolly.

Also joining Knockengorroch is Malin Makes Music, the trio that blends effervescent folk played on fiddle, bouzouki, double bass, and a newly invented bagpipe. They draw inspiration from European folk traditions, humans, queerness, and the universe.

Looking ahead to the 2024 festival, Knockengorroch director Liz Holmes said: “Our line-up presents some of the best music from Scotland and further afield, bringing artists and bands from near and far to make music and tell stories of who they are and where they come from. All of this is to take part in a beautiful, secluded river valley in the Carsphairn hills, where our family chose to make our home back in the 70s.

“We invite all curious minded people who love great music to join us and make it their festival home in 2024.”

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