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FestiTent

Staying at the Castlefest Camping, but not feeling like carrying a large amount of luggage to the campsite? We think we found the solution: FestiTent rents out ready-to-use camping spots on festivals. Forget about the hassle in the car park, dragging your camping gear to the entrance or the fight with your tricky tent. Just bring your ‘festival essentials’ and enjoy your festival happening from the moment you arrive, Easy and Relaxed! Even if you can only check in later, we’ll make sure you have a great camping spot!

You can choose between various packages for one or more people per tent. Next to that that you can choose for a tent with or without accessoires  (like a sleeping bag, air mattress and pillow).

Are you looking to add a little bit of extra comfort to your camping adventure? Book your tent now via the FestiTent website.

 

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Moonshine Brigade

Moonshine Brigade swings!

It starts like many great ideas: in the pub, a conversation over a nice drink. Late at night we go out; tap a fresh water source with some pipes that we duct taped together. And then comes the moment; our still ol’ Haggard Badger begins to fill and we ignite the fire underneath it.

While it boils and magic takes place, we pick up our instruments, lubricate our throats and sing about trains, hopeless love and the transience of drugs. We play until we drop and sleep underneath the stars.

The next morning hails us and we set out to another place with our fresh batch of ‘shine; we’re the Moonshine Brigade.

Moonshine Brigade plays on Saturday.
Curious which other bands play at Keltfest 2019? Check all Music

Prehistory Alive Worldwide slaat hun laat- mesolithische kampement op tijdens @Keltfest 2019 en neemt jou mee terug naar de jagers-verzamelaars

Prehistory Alive Worldwide

Prehistory Alive Worldwide will get you in touch with our ancestors from the Stone age!

Prehistory Alive Worldwide (PAW) sets up their late- mesolithic camp and takes you back to the hunter-gatherers. How did they make fire, tan hides, cook or make tools? PAW will show you with stories, demo’s and activities how they think it looked like around 8000 years ago. You can talk to them about topics such as  leather tanning, flint knapping, basket weaving, making nets and much more.

Pay a visit and let yourself be painted with ochre, try out the outfits or stay and chill on a deerskin around the fire.

Do you want more action?

Are you a real go-getter? Do you feel the blood of your ancestors running through your veins? Then sign up for the PREO GAMES! PAW challenges you to carry out multiple prehistoric activities as fast and good as you can, battling against other candidates… there are even some nice prices to win!

Do you have what it takes to be a hunter gatherer?

Tir Nan Og speelt op beide dagen op Keltfest

Tir Nan Og

Tir Nan Og’s music moves your ears, voices, arms and legs

Tir Nan Og (from Gaelic, meaning: land of the everliving) consists of six musicians from southern Germany. They have been rocking stages in Central Europe for many years. No matter if it is a cozy pub or a large festival stage, Tir Nan Og feels right at home.  They manage to carry their audience like few other bands.

It is impossible to escape the energetic show, the untamed musical power and the congenial character of the band. Tir Nan Og unites different musical styles to an extraordinary mix which is still faithfully rooted in Celtic folk rock.

Traditional tunes ingeniously combined with original songs, well-known folk songs clothed in new and fat rock outfits. This all is combined with faced paced and very danceable rhythms and catchy singalongs – Tir Nan Og’s music moves your ears, voices, arms and legs.

Tir Nan Og plays on Saturday at the Hill Stage and on Sunday at the Oak Stage.

Marsanta Suibhail op Keltfest 2019

Marsanta Suibhail

The witches of Marsanta Suibhail 

We, Marsanta Suibhail, have a Celtic background and get our stuff we sell through barter during our trip through Europe. Our name is Celtic for traveling merchant and is pronounced “Marsant’a Shu-ul”.
From wood and bone we make tools like utensils and handicrafts, such as spoons, wooden needles and crochet hooks. Next, we sell these tools, but also use them ourselves to make jewelry and woolen hats. During Keltfest we demonstrate these crafts and give explanations. Would you like to try it yourself? Just ask!

We are witches. Due to the witch persecutions, we can never stay in the same area for long. We travel a lot and come into contact with many different peoples and cultures with whom we barter and exchange knowledge on craftsmanship. This way, we learned needle binding and making lucet cord making from the Vikings. But this tour is also dangerous and therefore we are both proficient in the use of the sword and axe.
Come and take a look!

merchandise

New merchandise webshop!

Did you forgot to buy that one fantastic shirt you saw at Keltfest after all the festival fun? Or did you want to bring one of those awesome Keltfest totebag home, but did not get to it? No worries, we got you covered! Our brand new merchandise webshop is the place for you! To start the new year right away, we immediately have a lot of great deals for many articles. For many items the stock is limited: do not wait too long. The webshop also offers great gift packages and many other goodies from our events. See you soon!

keltische hobbits Keltfest Oak Stage

Keltische Hobbits

Musical adventures with the Keltische Hobbits 

The Keltische Hobbits will be clambering onto the Keltfest stage with their adventurous instruments, ancient languages, rambling rhymes, and hairy hopping feet!

Celtic Hobbits? Well, Iris and Luuk are not quite that small… but they do love good food, long wandering journeys, and cheerful folk music!
Singing harpist Iris brings old folksongs to life in the languages of Irish Gaelic, Breton, English, Limbourgish, and Dutch. Creative virtuoso Luuk paints lyrical landscapes with his whistles, ocarina’s, shruti box, rubber duckies, teaspoons, and accordion.

From summer birds to stormy pirates, from romantic starry nights to the illegal brewery of tea: the Keltische Hobbits sing and play about all of it, until the elves start dancing on the rooftops. Come and enjoy the songs, dance tunes, improvisations, jokes, and poems!

After 2 years of making music together (and eating and hiking), it is time for a shiny debut album! The record will be released on April 1st 2019 and will also be available at Keltfest.

De Keltische Hobbits play on Saturday.

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Barnyard Tea

Barnyard Tea brings you rowdy, stomping bluegrass. They combine style, class and a whiff of rock & roll in their approach of American traditionals. The three blond-haired men focus their arrangements around vocal harmony and the use of authentic instruments. They have been seen playing mandolins, banjos, dobros, guitars and of course a good old double bass.

The uplifting music will make you dance, or at least get the urge to dance, but their sensitive side occasionally takes the spotlight with enchanting harmony-infused ballads. So put on your dancing shoes and stomp along to the mesmerizing music of the blistering bluegrass trio.

Edin Najetovic, Frank de Boer and Joost Abbel have been making music together since high school. They started Barnyard Tea in 2012 out of a joint passion for roots and bluegrass music. Soon they were performing all across Europe, playing more than 250 shows in The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

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Rapalje

Have a great party with Rapalje!

The party wouldn’t be complete without our good friends from Rapalje! Armed with nothing but their voices and instruments, Rapalje is raiding far and wide, looking for victims to carry away on a musical journey through Scottish Higlands, Irish valleys, taverns and inns.

Two thousand years ago the Celts were driven off of mainland Europe. All Celts? No, one band bravely resisted the influx of modern pop and rock and found their own place in the world of music.

Ground shaking jigs and reels, delicate ballads and a whiff of heavy metal provide you with the perfect opportunity to not care about every day life. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s dance…

Rapalje plays on Saturday and Sunday.

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the coincidences

The Coincidences 

Celtic band The Coincidences are rooted in ‘Woest en Bijster land’, located in the heart of Holland. Vast heather areas border the old march land of the Rhine Valley. Celtic fields, bordering on the early Roman Empire, still witness to the 3000 year old culture. Remains from ancient times can still be found in the Iron Age forts, burial mounts and fields.

This legacy is the reason that sometimes, melodies, coming from the depths of the earth, are spread by the early morning mist – inspiring the band to create their own songs.

However, the band’s music mostly originates from Irish and Scottish traditions – a mixture of both traditional and contemporary songs.

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Oma Wolletje

Wool and wisdom of Oma Wolletje

Oma Wolletje travels back in time to the year 1514. An eventful time of war, strife and hardship.

This family of spinnners is led by matriarch Oma Wolletje. Together with her children and grandchildren they spin, knit and weave their path through life. To provide for her family she sells her wool to whomever needs it. Wool hoods, ponchos, shawls and caps together with (animal friendly) felted sheepskins and shawls.

She also likes to share her wisdom with whomever will listen; whether it is of her trade or on life in general.

Join them at the campfire. Learn about the life of over five centuries ago… and maybe, just maybe you can try an authentic medieval meal.

See all the encampments at Keltfest 2019 at the tab Living History.

Branii Keltfest 2019 Vijfhuizen kampement

Branii

Celtic life with Branii

It’s always good to stay at the small encampment of Branii. The fire is always lit for warmth, tea and/or dinner. The occupants will show you life as it was in the Iron Age, the time of the Celts, in the Netherlands and surrounding areas.

Also, You can see how they cook on open fire and how the clothing is made. They can show you how to work leather, wood and metal into wonderful and useful items, and can teach you about herbs, nature, life itself and even death.

The Branii will even pick up arms when their encampment is threatened!

So come visit Branii and let them take you back to the time of the Celts.

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CelKilt

Punchy Celtic Rock n’ Kilt from France!

All the way from Lyon, France, the 5 piece Celtic rock band CelKilt is here to stay! When their second album, ‘Hey what’s under your kilt?’, hit the stores in 2012, their fame grew. Since 2010 this band travels all across Europe with gigs at big festivals in Belgium, Italy, Germany and now Keltfest in the Netherlands!

How this great band came to be?
“…Then the Great Alchemist gathered Water, Air, Earth and Fire around the Muse. He gave them the High Voltage Energy of Rock and the cheerful power of the Irish Jigs, gave them fiddle, drums, guitar, bass, whistles and bagpipes, and then told them:
“You shall be embodied, you shall live, you shall play and you shall discover the great power of the Kilt.” 
And it was so, and so was CelKilt born, serving a bouncy, joyful and energetic music. The Alchemist contemplated the Greatness of his Work and thought “This kicks ass”, and then he went to the pub for a good old pint of Guinness.”

Cheers!

CelKilt plays on Saturday.

Minstrel Season op Keltfest, zaterdag op Oak Stage

Minstrel Season

Dancing in the moonlight with Minstrel Season

An adopted mermaid child, a maggot as a pet, and dancing in the moonlight…
These are just some of the stories that Minstrel Season sings about.
Shortly after Roxanne and Danny formed the folk duo Minstrel Season, their debut album Dragon Rising (2015) was released. Aside from some Irish and Scottish traditionals, the album was mainly filled with their own work. The style reminded people of the bygone times of the Middle Ages and the Celtic culture.
Then after several festivals and a tour through Southern England, Whispers of the Well (2017) appeared. This second album was with influences of country, blues, bluegrass and Pagan chants more than just the earlier Celtic folk.
In early 2017, the folk duo decided to expand into a full folk band by adding bass and violin to the instruments. At Keltfest, they will appear with an awesome live band.

Come and listen to the stories of Minstrel Season…

Minstrel Season plays on Saturday.

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The Royal Spuds

A delicious party with the Royal Spuds!

With the start of the ticket sale, we’re here to announce the first band:
From the moist dirt in South-Holland, a new kind of tuber emerged. The kind that walks on two legs and is fused with an instrument of choice. It’s The Royal Spuds! A half-baked punk mash with chunks, suffused with a traditional Irish shamrock ‘n roll-sauce. As befits a “real” spud, the possibilities are endless!

Since the release of their first album, The Royal Spuds have been on the fast track; gaining fans and momentum at a steady pace. Wanted Drunk and Alive (2013) climbed the charts fast and made it into the top rankings for ‘Best Celtic Punk/Rock Albums’, at CFP Radio. “It’s A Feckin’ Freakshow” (2015) was voted #10 People’s Choice and #18 Editor’s Choice for Best Album 2015 on Irish Pub Radio; and again in the top rankings at CFP Radio.

Quotes like“It is terrifying what this band can do in a packed room” were written on the basis of performances by The Royal Spuds. With a new EP coming at the end of 2018, titled “Unforgotten Lore”, The Royal Spuds are ready to take over any festival in the coming year!