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!”


The 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!

Limited to only 800 tickets!

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This year will be our third festival to date and we have plans to make it better and brighter, but not bigger… The Dark Horse Music Festival is a small, perfectly formed music and arts festival for everyone. Limited to only 800 tickets you can purchase them online from:

Dark Horse Music website


via the facebook page

This year will see the return of some of our very special friends as well as some really exciting new acts that we know you are going to fall in love with. Keep an eye out for announcements over the coming months.

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The Mouse Outfit are probably the closest thing we have to a UK hip hop super group.

The Mouse Outfit are a Manchester-based hip-hop collective who clearly do it for the love; influences come from hip hop, reggae, dancehall, jazz and drum ‘n bass.

The band are a full 8-piece onslaught of energy that live to entertain. Their debut album “Escape Music”, follow up album “Step Steadier” and the newly released “The Mouse Outfit – Remixed” deliver an incredible array of tunes that guarantee to light up any party and set the tone for The Mouse Outfit’s trademark smooth grooves and horn-heavy tunes.

We are super excited to have the MO crew bless our shores again. Look out for some blistering MC skills from some of the finest British MC talent. Featuring brass, and full live rhythm section, this show really is something to behold!

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