British Sea Power present Krankenhaus Festival

6-8 September 2019 at Muncaster Castle, near Ravenglass, Cumbria, UK

Music. Falcons. Beer bar. Fully functioning light railway.

Featuring British Sea Power • Snapped Ankles • Bo Ningen • Squid • the Pictish Trail • Modern  Ovens • Celestial North • Steven Morris (New Order) • Will Burns and Hannah Peel • and much more to come.

The inaugural Krankenhaus Festival will take place at Muncaster Castle , near Ravenglass by the West Cumbrian coast, amid the gorgeous Western Lake District between September 6th and 8th 2019.

Dreamt up, lovingly booked and expertly hosted by British Sea Power, Krankenhaus Festival sees the Cumbrian-Yorkshire-Sussex-Skye band take over an unspoilt idyl on the River Esk for three days and nights of music, conversation, outdoor pursuits and falconry in a place described by John Ruskin as “The gateway to paradise.”

Acts confirmed so far for the festival are (in alphabetical order): Bo Ningen,  Will Burns & Hannah Peel, Celestial North, Alison Cotton, DSM IV, Callum Easter, David Keenan, Modern Ovens, Stephen Morris, ylittlebrother, Mr Ben & The Bens, Penelope Isles, The Pictish Trail, Rozi Plain, Slow Tree, Snapped Ankles, Squid, Luke Turner. There will also be music from British Sea Power (collectively and individually) on each of the three days. Many more live acts and talks will be announced in the coming weeks.

‘Envisage, then, a maritime-inflected reprise of the now-legendary BSP festival series “Sing Ye From The Hillsides!” which took place high above sea level in the Yorkshire Dales from 2008 onwards. A report in The Times detailed the “Sing Ye” spirit that will be re-invoked at Krankenhaus Festival: “Where better for maverick psychedelic rockers British Sea Power to hold their own festival… If you want to get high in every possible sense, there has maybe never been anywhere to equal this blending of a gorgeously sombre setting with equally gorgeous and sombre rock music.”’

Muncaster Castle overlooks the River Esk in an area with easy access to both the coast and the lakes and fells of the Western Lake District. The castle is set a short drive from Lakeland peaks such as Scafell Pike. The Ravenglass & Eskdale steam railway (aka La’al Ratty) and the Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Eskmeals Dunes reserve are a short distance away. (Krankenhaus action is TBC on both the rails and in the dunes). The nearest mainline rail station to the festival is in Ravenglass, just a mile away.

The castle, along with its grounds and gardens, will be open during the day, with birds of prey giving flying displays at the castle’s Hawk & Owl Centre – all of which is included in the festival ticket price. The festival’s musical performances will take place in a large rustic barn within the castle grounds. These musical sets will take place from early or mid afternoon each day.

Well behaved pets are welcome.

There will be additional attractions in the spirit of the husky races and Tan Hill Olympics that enlivened BSP’s time in the Yorkshire Dales (expect tug-o-war, welly-throwing and pro-am Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling).

There are 500 tickets available for Krankenhaus. Weekend tickets are available here at £125 for adults. This includes access to the castle, its grounds and various bird displays and other activities for which the general public have to pay £15/day. Reduced prices are available for 16 year-olds and younger. Under fives go for free.

There will be a single £15 parking charge for overnight parking for the weekend. There is no parking charge for non-overnight parking – for people attending the festival but staying elsewhere in the area.