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.
Magisch Verhaal

Magisch Verhaal

Martin of Magisch Verhaal is a passionate storyteller, magician and theatermaker. At the Castlefest Winter Edition you can experience different kind of stories.

Old heroes and villains will come to life and take you with them to the adventure they’ve encountered. Nothing will be left out.
Come listen to one or more stories and enter the world of Magisch Verhaal.

Tim Talesman

Tim Talesman

A crackling fire, warm sheepskins (make sure to bring your own) and the cosiness of an old inn. Tim Talesman (Young storyteller of the year 2017/2018) will take you on a journey to strange and faraway places.

Come and listen as the days grow short to stories about mighty gods, brave heroes and terrifying monsters and see if there’s light at the end of it…

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.

Ambachts Ghylde

Ambachts Ghylde

Despite the chilly weather, there is a small group of craftsmen brave enough to face the cold winds of November for you!

Ingrid’s Handen will be there to learn you all about braiding with straw and the beautiful objects you can make with straw. Lennart (Runeraaf) collected a nice assortment of magical objects in the forest for you, so maybe he has something for you to use in your rituals. Our Nathalie (JaguArt) can make your day even more perfect with drawing a beautiful temporary tattoo on your skin. And if it’s getting too cold for you, you can always go to Ingrid and Sylvia to try one of their warm, woollen hats, scarves and collars. And if the winter is getting too dark for you, you can always count on Iris (Wolspinnerij d’n droad kwait) to light up your life with her special winter workshop: Pimp your LED-light with wool.

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.