Welcome to Forest Fest a brand new boutique music & arts festival.

Based in the picturesque heritage Laois village of Emo.

Forest Fest 2022

Based in the picturesque heritage Laois village of Emo.

Forest Fest is aimed at a discerning audience, our objective to ensure a quality, close-up, close quarters, quality gig experience with numbers strictly limited.

A summertime party atmosphere will bring dancing to the crossroads of Emo for the weekend of July 22 – 24. Our plan is for you the fans to be at the heart of this event.

You provide the rhythm, we’ll provide the beat…and the tasty craft beers, the fabulous food, the classy cocktails, and the cracking tunes.

The venue for Forest Fest is at the cross roads in Emo Village and at the cross roads of Ireland, only 10 minutes from the towns of Portlaoise, Portarlington and Mountmellick and literally up the road from the neighbouring village of Killenard and its prestigious resort, the Heritage Hotel at Killenard, our accommodation partners.

The forest skyline in the spectacular parklands of the iconic heritage house at Emo Court just across the road from our venue is what inspires our festival name and logo.

Accommodation

Forest Fest is pleased to recommend our accommodation partner, The Heritage, Killenard.

The Heritage Hotel and Spa Resort Killenard is a spectacular and luxurious property only minutes away from the Forest Fest venue at nearby Emo village.

The Heritage is the ideal base for your weekend getaway and a perfect place to start your intimate and quality Forest Fest experience.

For a selection of other superb accommodation options suitable for festival goers we are pleased to refer you to comfort and convenience of the full array of choices open to you from Laois Tourism.

For those looking for a more earthy festival experience, Forest Fest has arranged a supervised camping option in conjunction with our friends at Emo GAA.

Shuttle Buses

As part of our commitment to getting fans to and from the festival we have partnered with the vastly experienced Martleys bus service… it’s safe, comprehensive, reliable and regular, running from around the county to the Emo festival site. Buses will run in hourly intervals  from 12 noon to 1.40 a.m everyday. There will be a seat booking facility on our website closer to the event with detailed departure and pick up times. Fans from other towns are arranging their own local buses. Pick up and drop off points below. Pick up and drop off times here

FROM PORTLAOISE

MALDRON HOTEL
TRAIN STATION
MIDLAND PARK HOTEL
JFL AVENUE BUS STOP
KILLESHIN HOTEL
KILMINCHY BUS STOP
EMO GAA FIELD

FROM PORTARLINGTON

THE SQUARE
RAILWAY BAR

FROM MOUNTMELLICK

O’CONNELL SQUARE

 

Getting to & from Forest Fest

Forest Fest is easily accessible, only 5km from the M7, Exit 15; just follow the signs for Emo and Mountmellick.

There are regular hourly train services to Portlaoise and Portarlington rail stations and the festival will also be served by local taxi and shuttle bus services.

Getting here is easy.

Event Parking & Camping

Parking at Forest Fest is free of charge. It is being operated in conjunction with our friends in Emo GAA.

The supervised parking facility is located within 200m of the festival venue.

Weekend tickets for camping facilities are available for Forest Fest here.

This supervised camping is organised in association with Emo GAA Club.

The camping will be secure and monitored with shower and toilet facilities available. (There are no electrical hook ups).

Day campers must depart the site by 2pm the following day and weekend campers 1pm on the Monday.

The cost of camping per tent is €30 for the weekend.

The cost per campervan/motorhome is €50  for the weekend.

For campervans, only one campervan ticket is needed per group. The other group members will also need a ticket of course and the best option would be a regular camping ticket as this allows all party members individually to come and go freely from the camping area as otherwise if they have just a regular ticket with no camping they will always have to be present with the campervan ticket holder to come and go from the camping area.

Children and Families

Forest Fest is a family friendly event. Children 12 under go free, providing they are accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Children must be supervised and accompanied by an adult at all times. Ticket holders must be over 18 years of age. On the Saturday and Sunday, July 23rd and 24th, 2022, there will be family friendly, free events at the venue running throughout the day on a regular basis.

For more information on Family activities please check out our page here.

How to Upgrade Your Ticket

If you would like to upgrade your ticket this is possible by logging into your Eventbrite account which will have been created for you automatically when you purchased your ticket.

  1. Log in and click to expand the account menu (top-right of the page). Then select “Tickets”.
  2. The select your order
  3. Click  “Transfer” ,If you see the word “Transfer” next to your ticket, click to see the transfer options. You can only transfer one ticket at a time. Change Ticket: Transfer to a different ticket in the same event.
  4. Review the transfer summary and then choose “Continue Transfer”. The transfer summary should reflect your new event or ticket.
  5. Enter your registration information
  6. You may have to enter billing information for the price difference and/or fees
  7. Click, “Place Order”. You’ll receive a new order number, email confirmation, and ticket (for events with .PDF tickets).

Daily Activities & Things To Do

There are numerous activities and lots of things to do in Emo, Laois and the locality. Emo court and it’s surrounding gardens and forest walks are all within walking distance of our event. A brilliant place to take a breather and just soak up a bit of nature.

The Port Art collective have a full schedule of activities to entertain both young and old from lego robots, coding and even comicbook workshops. Here is a previous post on our new section with more details Family Activities.

Forest Fest will also be hosting a thrilling range of perfomance art from Jugglers, fire performers and interactive drumming workshops. More on that here

 

Refunds

Tickets are non refundable.

(In the event of circumstances changing regarding public gatherings full refunds will be available)