Hi Forest Fest Fans……………really looking forward to seeing you all in a few weeks’ time, it’s getting closer, and we are beyond excited. Last years event was a great success, and we have made every endeavour to improve this year’s festival especially when it comes to our lineup with headliners James, Sister Sledge and Suede plus many more top acts. We are also super excited about our new addition, the “Forest Fleadh Stage”. We will pretty much have the same set up as last year in terms of facilities and ease of access with a few minor changes. Our site map and stage running times are now available which will offer further clarity on locations etc,.

Campsite Opening Times:

This year the campsites will open on Thursday 20th July at 4pm which allows you to get in early and be well and truly situated for the great weekend ahead. So that applies for our tent camping, campervan, caravan camping and our glamp site as well. We will be showing Ireland’s opening world cup soccer game against Australia in the Pub in Emo on Thursday evening with some light refreshments, kick off 8pm with some live music as well.

Campsite exit times on Monday 24 July

12 noon

Campsite Facilities

Hot showers, toilets, drinking water, food vendors. Please note here is no EHU for campervans and caravans.

Family Campsite

This year we are hosting families who have camping tickets in a dedicated family zone. Please see site map.

Alcohol Limits for Campers

Per person – 24 cans OR 1 litre of Spirits OR 1.5 litres of wine

Phone Charging

There will be a facility in the main arena for ticket holders to charge their phones.

Main Gate Opening Times

Friday 4pm – 1am Saturday 12 noon – 1am Sunday 12 noon – 1am

Weekend Camping Arrivals – Tents, Campervans & Caravans

For those camping in tents for the weekend you will drive to the park & ride car park as indicated on the sitemap and then bring your gear with you on the shuttle bus to the campsite. Same service will be in place on departure. Those in campervans will go directly to the campervan campsite as indicated on the site map. Traffic direction will be in place. Those travelling in caravans will go directly to the caravan campsite where you will also park your car and again traffic direction will be in place.

Day Ticket Arrivals

Day ticket holders will drive to the park and ride car park and use the free shuttle bus service dropping you right at the festival entrance. Only a five minute ride approximately

What you can bring into the main arena

Empty water containers (500ml) can be brought in and filled at the drinking water points around the festival site. You can also bring in fold up chairs to use around the festival site but these are not  allowed in the tents where acts are performing. Also, no chairs allowed in front of the main stage after 6pm. Chairs will be allowed after 6pm behind the viewing platform in the main stage arena.

Bar Times

Our bars are closing slightly later this year so last drinks are 11.45pm . Along with full bars there will be craft beer options, a whiskey corner and cocktail bar.

Cash, Cards & Tokens

For the Main bars, tokens or tap payments with card or phone will be in place. No cash for the main bars. Cash or cards will be taken at all the food and merch stalls plus the craft beers stalls, whiskey, and cocktail bars.

Site Map

Our site map will be available to view or download from here

Stage and Band Times

Available to view and download here

Shuttle Buses & Expressway festival Daily Return

Expressway are running daily festival return buses from Dublin’s custom House Quay to the festival stopping at Naas, Newbridge, Kildare and Monasterevin. There will also be a shuttle bus service from Portlaoise and the surrounding towns with details to be release shortly.

Car Parks

The main car park for this year event which is very close will provide a free “Park & Ride” service just minutes away to the campsites and the festival arena with the one exception of caravans. Caravan ticket holders can park their caravan and car on the same site. If you are a tent camping ticket holder you will park in the main park & ride car park and jump on the shuttle bus with your gear to your campsite entrance. Same goes for Glamping ticket holders.

Facilities for Disabled

There are a limited number of Accessible Car Parking Spaces available which MUST be booked in advance. There are limited number of Spaces for the Accessible Viewing Platform which MUST be booked in advance. Book spaces by emailing info@forestfest.ie There is an accessible WC at the main stage platform.


There will be taxis running this year from opposite the festival grounds. Location will be on the site map when released.


Please note that sleeping in the main carpark is not allowed. Also be sure if you are bringing an electric car to have it fully charged as there are no charging points on site.   Lastly… make sure to have the time of your life. It’s going to be a super weekend and we can’t wait to see you all.