- 19 Dec 22
Forest Fest takes place from July 21 - 23, with tickets on sale now!
Forest Fest, the indie boutique festival based in Emo, County Laois, has consistently pleased fans with early line-up announcements, day by day break downs and new ticket plans, all ahead of Christmas.
Now, in a first for Irish festivals, Forest Fest has taken the unique initiative to elevate its folk and traditional programme to a distinctive platform all of its own.
The Forest Fleadh will run on a separate stage across all three days of the festival weekend, featuring the who’s who of the genre alongside some of the most exciting emerging talent making a name for themselves on the trad scene.
Top of the bill for the Forest Fleadh is the legendary Paul Brady, who will perform on the main Forest Fest stage on the Sunday of the festival.
The rest of the Forest Fleadh line-up includes: Sharon Shannon, Daoirí Farrell Trio, Stockton’s Wing, Kíla le Prás, Greenshine, Two Time Polka, Emer Dunne, Goitse, Blackie O’Connoll and Cyril O’ Donoghue, Carlos Sweeney McCairtin, Buíoch, Trad Hits, Bog Bodies, Caoivin, Eva Coyle Band, Eric de Buitléir, Alfi ,The Grange Ceili Band and Set Dancing with Maureen Culleton, Darren Roche and Cillian Doheny, Splendid Isolation, Roo Elizabeth and Band, Tommy Fitzharris Siobhan Buckley and Aoife Buckley, Music Generation Trad Orchestra, Miadhachlughain O’ Donnoll and Joe Cambell Mcardle, and The Off Beats Bodhrán Club.
The festival's promoter and founder, Philip Meagher, keeps pushing the boundaries and expectations around the entire Forest Fest experience.
“Such was the response to the folk acts and the trad sessions at our first Forest Fest this summer that we felt it was an important progression as the event evolved to ensure that this quality, this level of talent, this renaissance in interest in the phenomenon that is the Irish folk and trad," Meagher explained.
“It is a sensational line-up, worth the price of admission on its own, as it really is a festival within a festival, the possibilities for the fusion and impromptu sessions are fascinating. Trad fans are going to be glued to this stage, Kíla performing with an eight-piece brass section, the thoughts of it, and we really have to commend the talented Dale Mckay for collaborating with us and helping to pull all this together."
Talented trad musician himself, Dale Mckay is equally excited about what lies in store at next summer’s Fleadh at Forest Fest.
“The Forest Fleadh brings you the very best of Irish traditional and folk music. There is something for everyone at next summer’s Forest Fleadh stage from the singing of the amazing Daoirí Farrell Trio, to a full on céilí featuring set dancing with The Grange Céilí Band and Irish trad from the absolute best such as Goitse, Blackie O’Connoll and Cyril O’ Donoghue to name just a few. The Forest Fleadh stage is a brand-new addition to next year’s festival, and we can’t wait to welcome you all to the Fleadh in the Forest to experience the very best of Irish music, culture and heritage,” outlines Dale, too bashful to mention that he’ll be there with his own crew, Buíoch.
“Curating a stage at a festival has always been a dream of mine so I want to extend a big thank you to Philip Meagher and the Forest Fest Team for asking me to help curate this stage. This has all grown out of the success of last year’s trad sessions at Forest Fest.
"I want to extend a special thanks to my band mates from Buíoch, Ruaidhri Ó Tiarnaigh, David Harte and Kurt Dinneen-Carroll for positive energy, abundant creativity, and the amazing welcoming atmosphere you create when playing music. This would not be happening without your helping hand, and that of Chloe Finlay and what we really want to do is bring a smile to people’s faces at the Fleadh and lift the place with our music,” Dale excitedly anticipates the trad scene in Emo village next July.
The overall Forest Fest bill announced to date features Suede, James, BellX1, Paul Brady, Suzanne Vega, Peter Hook and The Light, Ash, Big Country, The Proclaimers, Gabrielle, Nik Kershaw, The Undertones, Bronagh Gallagher & Band, Carrie Baxter, Frank and Walters, Hermitage Green, Jack Lukeman, N.O.A.H, Pastiche, Something Happens, Sharon Shannon, The Primitives, The Riptide Movement, and Walk the Line, Alabama 3, Allie Sherlock, Apollo Junction, Bleach Lab, Dream Wife, Duke Special, Paddy Casey, Emer Dunne, In Tua Nua, Lavengro, 49th & Main, Roisin O, Robert Grace, The Barley Mob, The Lost Messiahs, The Outcast Crew, Trouble Pilgrims, Bone Machine, Pogueology, These Charming Men, The Classic Beatles and The Walkeleles.
Previously, organisers announced Forest Fest have added day tickets for each of the 3-days of the festival.
These day tickets will undoubtedly make for an ideal Christmas present as they are all exchangeable and transferable at no additional cost, for whichever day you prefer. This greatly facilitates those wishing to opt for their favourite bands once the day-to-day programme is finalised, or simply to choose the day you prefer to join family and friends at Forest Fest.
All tickets can also be upgraded at any time to the weekend and weekend camping options, with no additional levies or booking fees.
Additionally, Children under 12 go free once accompanied by ticket holding adults, as part of the event’s family-friendly ethos.
Forest Fest tickets are on sale starting at €85 for flexible day tickets and €190 for the full weekend via Eventbrite.
The day-by-day highlights for Forest Fest are now available on the festival website, along with all further information, tickets, updates and point of contact.