So following on from Big Love in Wales on the first May Bank Holiday, I’ll be back at Knockengorroch in Scotland at the end of the month (also a Bank Holiday).
Having originally started as Ceilidh Gall Gallowa’ Festival 20 years ago, Knock has a solid grassroots following and a party seasoned family crowd, which alongside the stunning scenery of the Scottish Uplands, makes for one of my favourite festivals. Well worth the drive up from Bristol and in fact I was surprised last time how many others had made the same journey.
Organised as a ‘World Ceilidh’, their selection of Global acts amongst the rest of the line up is always impressive, so as well as festival favourites such as Honeyfeet, Resonators, Tankus The Henge, Jenova Collective and Kobi Onyame whom I mentioned yesterday, here’s a few of the bands I’m most looking forwards to seeing whilst there….
Transglobal Underground feat. Natacha Atlas
One of the first bands to really hook me into the fusion of UK electronic music with Asian, African and Arabic sounds in the 90s and as much as I love their current line ups, I’m excited to see them play some of their earlier classics with their original line up, especially as I’ve never seen them perform with Natacha before.
Les Amazones d’Afrique
This is such a strong collective of musicians! I’d be surprised to see all of them at the live shows so it’s tricky to describe using individual members, but I have no doubt it will be an epic performance and if you haven’t caught their album yet I highly recommend it. They’re an all star female group from West Africa who came together to help push gender equality.
Although I’d not heard these guys before last year’s ‘Laissez Passer’, I’m a big fan of their recent album and really look forwards to seeing how it translates live. I originally thought they might be a Tuareg band from Mali given the distinct ‘Desert Blues’ influence on their music, but they’re actually from Golan Heights, a part of Syria occupied by Israel since the Six Day War.
Pretty sure I’ve mentioned these guys before as they’re one of the bands I’m really excited about this festival season. An amazing mix of Bluesy Psychedelic Rock, Soul and Dance Music from Amsterdam.
There are plenty of other great bands, you can see the full line up here. It’s also not just me DJing, names so far released include Luke Vibert, Ixindamix, Dolphin Boy, the Amen4Tekno / JungletekMafia crew and Mungos Hi Fi Sound System who always have their full rig and an extended session at the festival.