Image: Knockanstockan [Used with permission]
Knockanstockan, a wonderfully quirky Music and Arts Festival, takes place from 19th – 21st July on the shores of Blessington Lakes Co. Wicklow.
This laid-back festival, cultivates a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, showcasing the best acts from Ireland’s independent music scene in addition to fantastic performance and visual artists which all feature across this magical weekend.
Knockanstockan has a BYOB policy for weekend ticket holders, you are also unrestricted on where you go with your drink on the site, which makes it a very affordable option for festival goers. The festival’s green policy highlights the importance of sustainability and they encourage people to bring their own reusable cups and water bottles (Reusable keep cups will be on sale at any of the bars), as well as recycling where possible, the aim is to “Leave No Trace”.
Festival-goers have the choice to camp if they wish, with both normal and boutique camping options available and campervans are also welcome.
Friday 19th July
20.00 – Unfiltered
Hailing from Donegal, singer-songwriter Eve Belle possesses a vocal style that oozes sophistication which is evocative of a modern twist on a bygone era.
22.00 – Dimestore Tent
Energetic, entertaining, fast paced alternative-punk from this Derry-City based band, whose sound echoes elements of QOTSA and The Clash.
Saturday 20th July
12.40 – Faerie Field
Haunting vocal airs from Leixlip/Celbridge four-piece October Fires, their sound is beautifully emotive and is described as dark-pop.
15.20 – Spirit Animal
Punk/noise pop all-girl trio Cherym are a musical force to be reckoned with. This band brings a high-energy performance with lots of attitude, reminiscent of groups like The Donnas and Bikini Kill, evident in tracks “Take it back” and “Super Queens”.
15.20 – Faerie Field
Beautifully poetic lyrics, atmospheric vocals and piano all feature in Pop/folk artist Ailie’s unique sound, an absolute must-see.
22.00 – Spirit Animal
Alt-pop trio Happyalone.’s sound combines electronic, synths and bass elements, which work particularly well on track “Go Slow”.
Sunday 21st July
13.00 – Spirit Animal
Four-piece girl group Powpig’s sound has grunge and punk elements, reminiscent of 1990s American acts like Sonic Youth and Nirvana.
18.00 – Faerie Field
Singer-songwriter and pianist Farah Elle’s music is an eclectic mix, with Arabian, R&B and ska influences all complementing her inimitable vocal style.
21.45 – Dimestore Tent
Shoegaze/noise-pop act Just Mustard have an unique, raw quality to their music, with Portishead and Aphex Twin being just two of their influences.