Knockengorroch Festival is the seminal outdoor roots music festival in Scotland. Located deep in the Southern Uplands in a river valley on Knockengorroch farm, the area was recently awarded Dark Skies status - one of the best places on the planet to see the stars... and see the stars you will...
The musical line-up is a melting pot of world, folk, fusion and dub reggae with electronica, hip-hop and drum n bass thrown in for good measure - both live and DJed.
As well as music, cabaret, spoken word, comedy and dance all take place across five venues, from the mighty open air stage, turf roofed and built from locally sourced timber, to a Berber tent, to the Celtic Longhouse venue, a willow wattled re-creation of an iron age dwelling.
There is a sauna, dedicated children's activities, workshops in arts, crafts, heritage and environmental subjects, fire shows, flash mobs, real ales, 'knocktails' and food stalls. Knockengorroch even has its own ale the 'Knock Ale' and its own chocolate 'chocengorroch'.
The Knockengorroch Festival site was a populated village in ancient times and the festival re-populates the valley for the four days of the event. The festival's motif of a highland cow is a reminder of the ancient beasts that the people in times gone depended on and worshipped.
Run by a family who either live or grew up at Knockengorroch, and presided over by the family's cows who witness the festival fun from the safe confines of the opposite river bank. Knockengorroch Festival is set to be a whole world unto itself and one you may not want to leave.
AND: Samson Sounds, Yoko Pwno, Solareye, Korrontzi, The Honey Farm, Awry, Dominic Waxing Lyrical, Oran Bagraidh feat Gwyneth Glyn, Josie Duncan, Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, Barnaby Brown, Bragod, Conor Caldwell and MacGillivray; Mima and the Fuse, Delightful Squalor, Omar Afif and Gnawa Trance Fusion, Seabass Kid, Gypsy Roots, Bristol Branch, Dub Princess, Samedia Shebeen Soundsystem, The Matatunes, Raza, Milvus Milvus, Awkward Family Portraits, The Moonlands, Irie YoYo, Vixen Sound, Forever Alien, Muckle Spree, Avocet, Ceitidh Mac, Fish to Fry, the Dalmellington Silver Band, Outland Trio, Cenote Sounds, Nik Nak, Nema Kuta, Nem and Jofis, Flew the Arrow, Dub Loons Hi-Fi, Veecat and Siren, The Lasses, Whinge, C-Shaman, Giles Walker, Nina Stanger, Robyn Stapleton, Claire Hastings, The Galloway Agreement and more…
Continental Drifts Takeover: Pás De Problème, Rumpsteppers, DJ Fizzy Gillespie and DJ Chris Tofu
Mood Swings Takeover: Pitch 92, Sparkz, Phatworld, Smiley Maxx, Pete Cannon, Samurai Breaks, Papa Shanti, Cosmic, BBL, The Funk’d Up Collective, Surreal, Yes Tek, Jenova Collective, Krinkle Cut, HRVSTR, Joe Knight, Misskittyflip, Sangria Kong, Breaksmiths, Key_Lo, Wolfie Razzmatazz, Junior Mac, Ezee, Duke Box, DJM, & Duburban, Selecta Burnside, Eazy Skankin Crew and more.
Plus: Detention Dialogues, Andy Paterson, Cammy, Ramblers Teatro, Sketchy Beats, the Knockengorroch Ceilidh, Headset Disco, Pyroceltica, Rejenr8 visuals, massage techniques, contemporary dance, upcycled windchimes, children’s area and procession, fire shows, lights and art installations, dance, circus, comedy, spoken word, theatre, storytelling, puppets, workshops, sauna, healing area, real ales and ciders, global shopping, good food, sessions areas, Celtic Longhouse, rainbows and still more …
Knockengorroch Festival information & FAQs
Ticket Information & FAQs
Skiddle guarantee that we have the lowest booking fees available for Knockengorroch Festival tickets. We are an official primary ticket outlet and all tickets are processed and dispatched by Skiddle direct to you. All our tickets are sold at face value and originate directly from the event organiser.
Gate opening times
Thursday 10am - midnight
Friday 9am - midnight
Saturday 9am - midnight
Sunday 9am - midnight
Strictly no entry after midnight.
All under 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring proof of age. Adult Concessions must bring evidence of being one of the following: Full Time Student / Over 60 Years of Age / JSA, Income Support, DLA/ESA, Incapacity/PIP.
Terms and Conditions
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR PURCHASE OF TICKETS FOR KNOCKENGORROCH FESTIVAL 2021 SIGNIFIES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS. PLEASE READ THEM BEFORE BOOKING YOUR TICKETS.
ALL TICKETS AND WRISTBANDS ARE NON RETURNABLE AND NON REFUNDABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
WE CANNOT RE-ISSUE LOST TICKETS.
A 4 day ticket is valid for entry any day from the Thursday of the festival until Sunday regardless of when you intend to leave. A 3 day ticket is valid for entry any day from the Friday until Sunday regardless of when you intend to leave.
CONCESSIONS PRICE ELIGIBILITY
You are eligible for a 16+ reduced concession price if you are one of the following:
over 60 years of age
in receipt of JSA/unemployment benefit, Income Support, DLA/ESA, Incapacity/PIP
No other benefits apply. You will be required to show this proof when gaining entry/collecting your tickets or be asked to pay the difference.
DEAF AND DISABLED GUESTS
Full time carers and support workers accompanying disabled ticket buyers will be admitted free of charge. Accessible camping, parking and toilets are also available on request if booked in advance. For 2021 we are working on providing a stewarded viewing platform for our disabled guests. Updates will be posted here.
Please email Liz at info@Knockengorroch.org.uk if this applies to you. You will be required to provide evidence.
11 – 15 YEARS
All under 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult when gaining admission to the festival. We do not admit unaccompanied minors. Please bring proof of age as you may be asked to provide evidence.
If you are bringing a vehicle on to the site you must purchase a vehicle pass at the appropriate rate.
Vehicle passes for over 3 tonnes will only be available to purchase in advance. YOU WILL NOT GAIN ENTRY TO THE FESTIVAL SITE IF YOU HAVE NOT NOTIFIED US IN ADVANCE THAT YOUR VEHICLE IS OVER 3 TONNES. If in doubt email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note there is no access for vehicles over 7 ½ tonnes or vehicles or caravans wider than 7 feet.
Dog owners agree to keep their dogs on a lead at all times, to clear up any dog mess immediately and dispose of it properly. Dog mess bags are available from the office, but we expect dog owners to bring their own bags. There is adjacent to the festival site a non festival forestry area where dogs can be let off the leash, up beyond the bank opposite the Shieling tent entrance. Uncooperative dog owners may be asked to leave the site or take their dog off site. We believe we may be the only Scottish music festival allowing dogs. With our dog owners cooperation, we can keep it this way!
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
In accordance with Police Scotland’s zero tolerance drugs policy, all illegal drugs and ‘legal highs’ are prohibited on the festival site.
Knockengorroch Festival is a family friendly event and operates a zero tolerance approach to drugs. Possession of controlled drugs is just as illegal on the festival site as it is off it.
All persons attending the event may be subject to a drugs and security search either at the point of entry, on the campsites, in the car parks, or elsewhere on the site. There will be police and drugs dogs on duty at the festival’s entrance.
Amnesty bins will be provided on site, but patrons are reminded that any individual found in possession of drugs may face prosecution. Any person found in possession of substances suspected to controlled drugs or legal highs may be refused entry or evicted from site.
OTHER PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES
Just because a drug is allegedly legal to possess it does not mean it is safe.
The Police are making increased efforts to reduce the consumption of all psychoactive substances at this years’ event including the deployment of a trained detection dog.
All psychoactive substances and “legal highs” are banned from the festival site, including nitrous oxide and poppers.
The festival operates a “Challenge 25” policy for the purchase of alcohol. If you are lucky enough to appear under 25 you advised to bring verification of your age with you.
The festival site is designated a public place. If you are under 18 and found in possession of alcohol it will be confiscated.
Never leave drinks unattended. Any drink, alcoholic or otherwise, can be spiked.
The organisers reserve the right to refuse service at the bar to anyone appearing dangerously intoxicated.
Do NOT try and bring alcohol that you have brought with you into either the festival entertainment areas or into our two bars.
Do not bring glass on to the festival site – if broken, serious injury can result.
If you require any support or advice regarding substance use or feel unwell due to the consumption of drugs or alcohol contact CREW 2000 in the chill out welfare tent next to the first aid post without delay. Any Police Officer, Security Guard or member of the festival crew will be able to direct you to them. The welfare tent is clearly marked on the map on the back page of our printed programme.
LOSS OR INJURY
The festival organisers (Knockengorroch Community Interest Company) will not be held liable for any loss, injury or damage to persons or property sustained whilst attending Knockengorroch Festival, including accessing and exiting the site between the A713 and the festival site except in respect of death, injury and damage to property resulting from the promoter’s negligence. In the case of damage to the ticket holder’s property caused by the organiser’s negligence, the organiser’s liability shall be limited to the reasonable cost or either repairing or replacing such property subject to fair wear and tear.
ANTISOCIAL, AGGRESSIVE, UNSAFE OR ILLEGAL BEHAVIOUR
In the event of antisocial, aggressive, unsafe or illegal behaviour, or in the event of non-cooperation with event staff, you may be required to leave the festival site. In this case, re-admission will not be permitted.
OFFICIAL FILMING AND SOUND RECORDING
All ticket holders consent to any official filming and sound recording as members of the audience and to the use, reproduction, storage and broadcasting of such films and recordings by the organiser, including any copies made
We can’t wait for our next instalment of festival magic and mayhem in the Knockengorroch hills! Just to let you know of a few things in advance of the adventure…
Knockengorroch is a unique site. It is located deep in the Southern Uplands of Scotland. There are no shops, ATMs, petrol stations or urban ‘civilization’ for 10 miles. Please bear this in mind when you pack!
Bring warm and waterproof clothing plus sunscreen! Also any food and provisions you would need for camping for four days in the hills, bearing in mind we have quite a few well priced caterers on site.
Please look after yourself and those around you!
VEHICLES AND ACCESS
Knockengorroch is a unique site. The last leg of your journey will take you off the A road and 4 miles along private roads. In order to use these roads for festival access we are subject to certain restrictions. We must keep a very close eye on number and type of vehicles coming in. If you are bringing a vehicle on to the site you must purchase a vehicle pass at the appropriate rate. Our vehicle passes reflect the fact that we are not on a public road. Please try and car share wherever possible and save costs.
Vehicle passes for over 3 tonnes will only be available to purchase in advance and vehicles must have a vehicle pass to enter. If in doubt email email@example.com
Please note there is no access for vehicles over 7 ½ tonnes or vehicles or caravans wider than 7 feet.
We highly recommend you buy a vehicle pass in advance. In 2017 we SOLD OUT of vehicle passes on friday and some vehicles were turned away though we were still able to fit pedestrians on site. We cannot guarantee that this will not happen again. Buying your vehicle pass in advance will guarantee you get it on site.
Vehicle passes will be available to purchase on the gate subject to availability only.
In 2019 we will have provisions for off site parking. Parking here will be at a much reduced price and a shuttle bus will bring you onto the site. This car park will be available in advance for anyone who would like a cheaper parking option and those who have not bought their passes in advance and cannot fit onto the site
In 2019 we will also be running larger Knock buses to allow more people to go car free.
GATE OPENING TIMES
Thursday – 10am to midnight. NO ENTRY after midnight
Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 9am to midnight. NO ENTRY after midnight
Our buoyant bar and stage opens at lunchtime, giving plenty of time to park, position your camper, pitch your tent and greet old friends. You’ll also have time to browse our global shopping and food stalls, even go for a walk in our stunning upland glen – the views are fantastic from just a little way up Dodd Hill! Our iconic longhouse venue is also open for some brilliant acoustic music late into the night.
ON THE GATE PRICES
Tickets will be available to purchase on the gate subject to availability. Check online the morning you plan to arrive and please purchase before leaving if you can so that we know you are coming.
ONE AND TWO DAY TICKETS
One and two day tickets are NOT available to buy on Friday.
You can buy either a one or two day ticket on Saturday subject to availability.
One day Sunday tickets are available subject to availability
If we have space these tickets will go up for sale on Saturday / Sunday morning. Please make sure you buy at least your vehicle pass in advance so we know to keep space for you.
People with advance 3 day Friday entry tickets can pay an extra £20 to be admitted Thursday on the gate, subject to availability.
DEAF AND DISABLED GUESTS
We aim to be accessible to all. Full time carers and support workers accompanying disabled ticket buyers will be admitted free of charge. Accessible camping, parking and toilets are also available on request if booked in advance. For 2019 we are working on providing a stewarded viewing platform for our disabled guests. Updates will be posted here.
Please email Fiona at firstname.lastname@example.org if this applies to you. you will be required to provide evidence.
Workshops begin at 9am each morning and continue throughout the day. The music stages begin from 12 noon and the dance venues continue until 5am. There are options to camp further away from the dance tents if you are concerned about noise. Just make sure you turn up early and ask the stewards about the best place.
HIRE A YURT
There is the option of hiring a yurt and staying in that if tents aren’t your thing or you fancy something special. The yurts are handcrafted by Red Kite Yurts. There are a range of sizes available and prices start at around £200. They always sell out so get in there early! Contact Paul Millard. Tel 01877 330943, email@example.com
Mobile phone signals are patchy around the site but generally O2, Virgin, T-mobile and Orange get reception. The office landline can be used in an emergency.
THE KNOCK BUS
The Knock Bus travels from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dumfries and Carlisle to the festival site on Thursday and Friday, returning on Monday. Further info here. PLEASE NOTE – Knockbus E-tickets will be emailed to you. Your name will also be on the passenger list with the number of seats you’ve booked when you board.
Please contact us or call the fest office on 01644 460662.
Travelling to/from the festival
TAKE THE KNOCK BUS:
Knock Bus TBC for 2021.
Public Transport Information
From outside Dumfries and Galloway or Scotland the best route is to get to Glasgow, from Glasgow to Ayr by bus or train, then bus to Dalmellington where local taxi firm (Town & Country Taxis 01292 551 661) will be providing shuttle service from Dalmellington/Festival.
Alternatively you can also get to New Cumnock by train and then a bus to Dalmellington. Cross road after leaving New Cumnock station and turn RIGHT, 3 minute walk from station to nearest bus stop. Bus no 356 Mon to Sat NB NO SUNDAY SERVICE Cheap train return tickets can be obtained to New Cumnock, Glasgow Central or Ayr (via Glasgow Central) from London or anywhere en route if you book early enough.
National rail enquiries can provide info on ALL train journeys: 08457 48 49 50, as can Trainline. Air Travel Glasgow Prestwick airport is the closest airport-approx 35 miles from Knockengorroch. Tel 0871 223 0700.
Glasgow Prestwick airport is the closest airport-approx 35 miles from Knockengorroch. Tel 0871 223 0700. Car hire is available at the airport – book in advance.
The travel info desk at the airport can advise on public transport to Ayr from the airport, from Ayr proceed as above.
From within the region
Knockengorroch festival site is around 55 miles from Dumfries.
If you want to reach Knockengorroch from Dumfries, you need to get a bus to Castle Douglas, and from Castle Douglas a bus to Dalmellington (bus no 520) which runs twice daily from Castle Douglas (no service on Sunday). Ask to be let off at Meadowhead or Lamford, and you are then at the ‘road end’ and 4 miles by road from the festival, the closest you can reach Knockengorroch using public transport.
520 bus from Castle Douglas to Dalmellington runs Mon to Sat. Castle Douglas to Dalmellington/Ayr: leaves Castle Douglas at 8.50am and 12.50pm, arriving Dalmellington 10.07am and 2.07pm. Meadowhead and Lamford are approx 10 min before bus reaches Dalmellington.
Ask to be let off at Meadowhead or Lamford and you are then at the ‘road end’ and 4 miles by road from the festival.
Dalmellington to Castle Douglas: leaves Dalmellington 10.20AM AND 2.20PM, arriving Castle Douglas 11.33 AM AND 3.33 PM. You need to be at road end by 10.20 OR 2.20 to be sure of catching the bus which needs flagging down.
NO SUNDAY SERVICE either way.
Large vehicle access:
- You MUST BUY A VEHICLE PASS IN ADVANCE for vehicles over 3 tonnes - they cannot be purchased at the gate, with no access permitted.
- No access for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes. Restricted access for vehicles or caravans wider than 7 feet. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your vehicle width.
For terms and conditions please see http://www.knockengorroch.org.uk/tickets/terms-conditions/ or email email@example.com
Hotels near Knockengorroch Festival
The history of Knockengorroch Festival
Knockengorroch World Ceilidh began one mid-summer 1998, the year after an international 'rainbow gathering' took place on the land, and since then have moved from strength to strength without losing any of our original character.
Knockengorroch now attracts people from all over Scotland, the UK, and beyond, and have acted as an inspiration for several other festivals in Dumfries and Galloway, and further afield.
Originally held at Knockengorroch Farm in Galloway, festivals have also been held in the Forest of Ae near Dumfries, and Talnotry near Newton Stewart. All locations have a breath-taking beauty and 'upland' position in common, and it is this focus that Knockengorroch Festivals continue to promote.