Time Table 2018

Rebels of the Sacred Heart Castlefest Winter Editie Flogging Molly folkpunk tribute band

Rebels of the Sacred Heart

Rebels of the Sacred Heart: a tribute to Flogging Molly

You can say what you want, but if there is one band that knows how to throw a party it has to be Flogging Molly. With their up-tempo folk-punk this Irish/American band led by guitarist/vocalist Dave King knows exactly how to get the crowd going.

Dutch tribute band Rebels of the Sacred Heart comes very close to the real deal. Every show is truly a
tribute to the no-nonsense and highly accessible folk-punk from the band from Los Angeles, California.

“We’re Rebels of the Sacred Heart and this is what we do, so put on your dancing shoes and sing your
drunken lullabies on the devil’s dance floor!”

Rebels of the Sacred Heart will play on Sunday on the Yule Stage at the Castlefest Winter Edition.

The band members are:

– Robin “Skottie” Slutter: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
– Robbert Arentz: electric guitar
– Rens Bourgondiën: bass guitar
– Jeffrey Hartjes: drums
– Hanneke Rinders: fiddle, tin whistle
– Gwendo Jansen: accordion
– Sjoerd van Ravenzwaaij: banjo, mandolin, tin whistle

EMIAN pagan folk castlefest winter editie


Discover your deepest self with EMIAN

From Celtic to Northern European culture and from medieval ballads to shamanic chants. The music of EMIAN combines Northern European and Mediterranean folk languages, capturing the listeners’ attention through enchanting songs. The wonderful music leads their minds to spectacular sceneries such as snowy peaks and enchanted woods, along the Scandinavian fjords. Listeners are offered the unique and unexpected opportunity to discover their deepest self. They’ll also discover lost archaic feelings that can bring back the ancestral harmony with the universe.

EMIAN will play in The Great Hall on Saturday and on Yule Stage on Sunday at the Castlefest Winter Edition.

WALDKAUZ op Castlefest Winter Editie


WALDKAUZ mixes traditional music with new instruments

WALDKAUZ is a Pagan Folk Band from Germany. Songs about ancient magic, the wisdom of nature and the ecstasy of dance. These are the themes the band sings and plays their music about. Sometimes tender, fragile and dream-like. Sometimes rhythmic, wild and demanding. What remains throughout all the songs is the motive of myth and legends handed down to us from ancient times and the power and secret they still carry with them to this date.

On instruments both new and old WALDKAUZ plays their own brand of pagan folk, mixing traditional music fom all over Europe with their own ideas to something completely new. Powerful drums meet wistful flute-melodies and sirring bouzouki riffs intertwine with mystical harp-melodies. Thus creating an ever-changing atmosphere, to both contemplate and dance.

In 2018 WALDKAUZ looks back on a four-year experience of playing together, including festivals such as Wave Gotik Treffen, Hörnerfest and Wacken Open Air. They also won the newcomer-award at the Festival Mediaval in 2016 and played many concerts at the traveling medieval fair Mittelalterlich Phantasie Spectaculum (MPS).

In march 2015 they released their first album “Komm’ mit”. In spring 2017 the band released their second album “MYTHOS” to critical acclaim.

Waldkauz are:

Gina – vocals, celtic harp, hurdy-gurdy
Peter – drums, percussion
Nina – vocals, whistles, flute
Niklas – vocals, Irish Bouzouki

WALDKAUZ plays the Yule Stage on Saturday and the Great Hall on Sunday.

La Horde Castlefest Winter Editie

La Horde

La Horde will make you dance, laugh and drink!

La Horde stands at the crossing between medieval, pagan, celtic music… and funky disco rock ’n roll! All that with a lot of humor and surprises. A show with La Horde is much more than just music; it’s a time to share between the audience and the band, where anything, and everything can happen. It’s an unexpected journey on a pirate ship, where the many adventures are worth the trip. Don’t get surprised if you find yourself dancing to old 90’s disco / dance / rock hits (I mean…1990 of course)… It’s normal !

Performing on stage their second album called “Bonne Nouvelle” (which means “Good News”, “Good Omen” ) for two years now, La Horde is out to spread their message of love, party and fun in a humble way and with the main purpose of mixing musical quality and entertainment!

La Horde is currently working on a 3rd album -playing some new songs on stage to test them- and recording about 12 or 13 new tracks. This new album will be launched on spring 2019. If you want to help, you can find us on Kickstarter (just search La Horde, easy as abc).
La Horde will warm you the best way possible during its Winter Castlefest show : they will make you dance, laugh and drink! They will play on Sunday at the Yule Stage.
Imbue Castlefest Winter Edition


Folk and historical music meet and mingle into a sound both spanning the raw Medieval as well as the courtly Renaissance.

The lilting sound of the recorder and fiddle and the swinging percussion invite you to dance. The plaintive strains of the viol, the bright strumming of the bouzouki and the angelic singing will woo you with ballads of love and loss.
Welcome to the mystical world of Imbue.

Imbue plays on Saturday and Sunday at the Castlefest Winter Edition.

Baldrs Draumar Castlefest Winter Editie

Baldrs Draumar

Baldrs Draumar is a Frisian band which has been raiding the stages since 2009 promoting their epic and thundering Folkmetal. After releasing their first full-length album “Forfedres Fortellinger” in 2011 the band decided to focus on their own Frisian roots and language changing their line-up, performance and musical style slightly to become one of the most brutal Folkmetal bands around. In April 2015, Baldrs Draumar releases its second full-length album “Aldgillissoan” and brings their Furious Frisian Folkmetal to the masses! Always looking for new adventures Baldrs Draumar also takes up acoustic instruments and now will bring you the mysterious and ancient stories of their ancestors in their native tongue. Prepare to be enchanted by the Frisian skalds singing you songs from their latest acoustic full length album “Fan Fryslâns Ferline.”

Baldrs Draumar plays on Saturday at the Castlefest Winter Edition.

Flannery Castlefest Winter Editie


Flannery is a Scottish folk rock band with only one mission: creating an unforgettable party that the audience will always remember. The band makes this happen with their music filled with Scottish, Celtic but also Irish influences. Flannery means flat land and is the perfect name for the chilly men, who want to entertain with raw but also snappy, melodious music.

The repertoire of Flannery is varied. Instrumental, folk, rock and even rap will be played by the band. They write the music and the lines themselves which gives the music its unique feel. These men do everything possible to create an unforgettable party. Fine rock music with the bearing tones of the bagpipe!

Flannery plays on Saturday at the Castlefest Winter Edition.

Ball Noir Castlefest Winter Editie

Ball Noir

Like obsessed alchemists, Ball Noir mixes electronic metal with medieval and classical instruments such as the harp and the hurdy-gurdy. Inspired by their heroes from Anathema, My Dying Bride and Qntal they compose their own music: medieval metal with a longing for haunting melodies, dark fantasies and smashing heartbeats.

Ball Noir plays on Saturday at the Castlefest Winter Edition.



With the release of their new album, Irfan will join us at the Castlefest Winter Edition during their promotour!

Their music is an invitation to a mystical trip in and beyond time. The sound of the Bulgarian band reveals an original electro-acoustic World Fusion influenced by the sacred and folk music traditions of the Balkans, the Middle East, Persia, and the Mediterranean, as well as by the musical and spiritual heritage of Byzantium, and Medieval Europe.

Irfan is known for its extensive use of ethereal and mystic female vocals in addition to strong male vocals in combination with an assortment of traditional Bulgarian, Middle Eastern, Persian and Indian string, wind, key and percussive instruments woven into a delicate electronic sound. The band’s name is borrowed from the Sufi’s terminology and means “gnosis”, “secret knowledge” or “revelation”.

Go back to the Roots we all emerge from. 
Venerate the Cradle, where each personal, single Journey has started
Choose the Path, among many and follow it.

Band members:         
Ivaylo Petrov – oud, baglama saz, tambura, setar, sitar, santour, programming
Kalin Yordanov – vocals, daf, bodhran, darbouka
Peter Todorov – darbouka, riq, djembe, electronic percussion pad
Yasen Lazarov – kaval, nay, duduk, harmonium

Darina Zlatkova – vocals

Irfan plays both days at the Castlefest Winter Edition.