the painted castle

kelburn garden party
DM Audio is on the beautiful west coast of Scotland this weekend, supplying PA and backline for the unique Kelburn Garden Festival.  The festival is held every year in the magical glen and gardens of the 13th century Kelburn Castle, known around the world as the Graffiti Project after four of the world’s leading graffiti artists from Brazil were brought together to work alongside Scottish talent to create a unique burst of colour, covering the walls and turrets of the south side the Castle.  In 2011, the mural was named as one of the world’s top 10 examples of street art by author and designer Tristan Manco – on a par with Banksy’s work in Los Angeles and the Favela Morro Da Providencia in Rio de Janeiro.
There is a fabulous musical line up on the festival stages including The Holy Ghosts, Sneaky Pete’s Takeover, The Nextmen, Bombskare and Decagram after Dark you can see the full line up for all 3 days here.
See the world famous Paniko & Co Rumba Circus all the way from Bologna who will be performing magic, music and feats of daring inside the lush interior of their traditional big top, one to keep both adults and kids entertained.
What happens on stage is just half of the story though and there are all sorts of musical and creative delights to be found around the glen and gardens of the castle. One of the gems in Kelburn’s crown is The Secret Forest  – a surreal labyrinthine trail through the woods above the main festival site that includes many bizarre attractions. A living installation that sees a host of strange fairytale characters inhabit the forest, each with their own story to tell as you make your way through the pathways.
There is award winning Dance Company Impermanence performing in the walled garden and fire-obsessed PyroCeltica are at the festival with a new show.
A mainstay of the festival for a few years now is a series of unscripted performances up at the Monument with a wide array of acts, from the spine-tingling Serbian accapella of Kuchke to the infectious Brazilian rhythm of Samba Ya Bamba; you’ll discover all sorts of off-grid gems up there. Don’t forget to refresh at the guerilla cocktail bar either!
Sounds like a festival to remember.