Dark Horse 2018 – Headline Acts Announced


Dark Horse Music Presents:
Chali2na & Krafty Kuts – Saturday 21st July 2018

The Dark Horse team are super excited to announce that the renowned and respected Krafty Kuts plus legendary Jurassic 5 MC Chali 2NA will be appearing at this years festival on Saturday 21 July 2018.

Renowned and respected worldwide for his highly technical turntablism, meticulously crafted DJ sets and party-punching productions, Krafty Kuts is in a league of his own. Having clocked in six million plays on soundcloud and with his Golden Era Podcasts topping the iTunes charts in 26 countries and hitting 3 million downloads .

Chali 2na has collaborated with a huge spread of top international stars including Blackaliscious, Roots Manuva, Mos Def, Linkin Park, Beenie Man, Rusko, Tippa Irie, Rizzle Kicks, K’naan, Fatlip and many more. His openness to crossing boundaries and bringing his own unique take to different genres is emblematic of his positive and easy going nature.

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The Carny Villains – Friday 20th July 2018

A six piece theatrical band from Bristol, known for their raucous blend of stomping swing, ska and Balkan-style folk, played with the riotous energy of punk rock. The Villains are getting set for another busy festival season playing the likes of Bestival, Camp Bestival, Shangri-La’s main ‘Hell’ stage at Glastonbury and now our very own little gathering – the Dark Horse Music Festival.

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Buncha Skankers – Friday 20 July

Buncha Skankers would like you to get out your black suits, white shirts, black ties, pork pie hats, white socks and black loafers… If you don’t MIND!?

Two-tone is what we expect you to bring to the party!


“A very satisfying, face screwing raving moment, when you can proper let loose and go wild with the dirty drum & bass beats.”

“That was bloody brilliant, I really needed a good skank out!”


(formerly Baltic States)
Saturday 21 July

A three piece indie/electronic band based in the UK. blending hypnotic, soaring vocal melodies with techno and haunting electronica.

The debut E.P. ‘Boxes’ has received radio play from BBC London, BBC Merseyside and Amazing Radio. The EP was also included in the top ten of ‘Fresh on The Net’ by BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson. Most recently one of their tunes – Boxes – was selected as a sound track to one of the episodes of The Grand Tour (aka former Top Gear team)

They have a solid following here on the Isle of Man, with lead vocalist Helen Morrison, who is from the Island and has been part of the Manx music scene for many years, they have number of sold out gigs under their belts. Long may it continue!


Grinny Grandad – Friday 20 July

Grinny Grandad have had a pretty interesting career, from playing Glastonbury, Radio 1 sessions, music in Grand Theft Auto games and numerous TV shows, to securing deals with Finger Lickin’ Records and Freshly Squeezed, to gaining support from the likes of Groove Armada, Craig Charles, ASkillz, and Keith Lemon (!), yet these guys still remain humble. Fusing Funk, Breaks, Swing, Ghetto-Funk and surreal references to humour with old school record-crate creativity, you end up with an infectious brand of subterranean pop that makes you feel good inside.

2017 saw the release of Grinny Grandad’s multi-chart breaking single “(You’ve Got To Be) Free” and latest single “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” featuring the Breakspoll award winning Kymberley Kennedy on vocals, soon to be joined by their long awaited album following their signing to Freshly Squeezed Music (JFB, Swingrowers, 12 Stone Toddler).

There is no denying that this is the band that people will continue to spend their pocket money, wages and, God forbid, their giro on to see. Join the party!


HanFX & JorDMC
Saturday 21 July

A collaboration between Han FX & Jor DMC, two loop artists, using no loops and a little help from their friends have produced a funky, jazzy, reggae, bluesy and hip hop sound, complimented with beatboxing, guitar and bass,

The conscientious lyrics that range from acerbic social commentary to easy flowing cheerfulness are delivered with gusto in singing and rapping. It is then splattered with a smorgasbord of guest vocalists and a wall of brass to deliver a truly unique sound.

The band played across the UK dates last summer, including One Love, The Northern Green Gathering, Dark Horse Festival and also Deep South Festival playing with an eclectic collective of musicians from different back grounds, show to show, making every event unique.

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