THE KELBURN GARDEN PARTY announces its 2017 Festival Programme

30th June – 3rd July
Kelburn Castle, Nr. Fairlie, KA29 0BE


3 days & nights of Music, Art, and Adventure in a fairytale setting
Kelburn Garden Party 2017 - 30th June to 3rd of July

Kelburn is without a doubt the most colourful event in Scotland’s festival calendar

The Kelburn Garden Party Festival builds on its reputation, hand crafted and honed over the last eight years, as one of the most unique and exceptional festivals in the UK. Their 2017 line-up demonstrates as strong an appreciation for underground club culture and rock, as for folk, jazz, electronica and world music, tying together programming strands deliberately traditional and historical with the contemporary and forward looking. This years eclectic programme includes :-

Mr Scruff / Hot 8 Brass Band / Numbers ft. Optimo, Spencer & Jayda G / Mungos Hi Fi & Charlie P / Prince Fatty & Horseman / Om Unit / Addison Groove / Flamingods / / Mouse Outfit ft. Jehst / KOG & The Zongo Brigade / Be Charlotte / Man of Moon / She Drew The Gun / Ezra Collective / Jamie & Shoony / Colonel Mustard & Dijon 5 / Rise Kagona  & The Jit Jive Band / Jinx In Dub / Bombskare / Pronto Mama

The Neverending Glen Art Trail will be back again for the third year in a row featuring in-situ artworks created by Edinburgh Palette artists. We look forward to being a part of this fabulous festival once again.

Situated in the grounds of the 800 year old Kelburn Castle, home of the unique and internationally renowned Castle Graffiti Project, the festival is curated and designed as a non-stop feast for the senses. Kelburn Garden Party is an audacious, thrilling cultural safari over three days encompassing a multi-genre musical programme, electronic performances and DJs, art installations, carnival entertainment, creative workshops, stimulating children’s events and adventurous hikes through the astounding countryside.

The festival site itself, an ancient natural glen and surrounding formal gardens, contains some truly magical woodlands and ancient forestry, forming a backdrop that plays an equal part in informing how the event is curated. The festival team – in co-operation with the castle and land owners – have spent many years carefully considering how the area around the Castle is populated with site specific artworks, installation-strewn adventures, nomadic musical performances and physical theatre that are as much a key to the event as the main musical programme. The fruits of this considered approach; wither an acoustic jazz ensemble or a choir in the walled garden, an old school acid house rave at the Beech Plateau, The Secret Forest Project (a living theatre installation in a Labyrinth-like childrens maze) a fine dining restaurant deep in the woods serving 6 people at time, the famous “magical mystery tours” or sailing forth on the Waverly Steamer afterpartyall these highlights combine to provide festival-goer of any age with a quite remarkable, enriching and unforgettable experience.

Tier 1: £79+BF  SOLD OUT
Tier 2: £94+BF  SOLD OUT
Tier 3: £104+BF
Tier 4: £114+BF

Tier 1:  £5+BF  SOLD OUT
Tier 2:  £13+BF  SOLD OUT
Tier 3:  £21+BF
Tier 4:  £29+BF

KELBURN CASTLE : The seat of the Earl of Glasgow, Kelburn Castle is over 800 years old, originally built in the thirteenth century. It is one of the oldest castles in Scotland and has been continuously inhabited by the same family for longer than any other. One of the most stunning aspects of the Kelburn Castle site is the Kel Burn itself. In the space of just over half a mile, the Kel Burn, which has helped to form the glen over thousands of years, rises on the moors 800 feet above the castle and drops dramatically, by way of many waterfalls and deep gorges, to the sea. The glen is a wealth of wild flowers and ferns, shrubs and trees ( it contains three of Scotland’s 100 most important trees), is partly cultivated but predominantly wild, and includes rugged trails crisscross the burn.

THE CASTLE GRAFFITI PROJECT: The project celebrates its 10 Anniversary in 2017. In 2007, following the advice of his children David and Alice, Lord Glasgow Patrick Boyle invited four of the world’s leading graffiti artists from Brazil, working alongside Scottish talent, to create a unique burst of colour to the facade and turret. Historic Scotland granted permission to keep the mural as a permanent feature of the building.

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