From the moment we buy our tickets the anticipation starts. When we cross over those festival gates it’s like we are being transformed to that safe place. No more anxiety, no more thoughts about our future, no more thoughts about our past, just in the moment and relishing every second. There is no happier place than being with your friends, your family, new acquaintances and smashing live music.

Forest Fest is shaping up to be one of the hottest gigs this summer with the likes of The Stunning, The Waterboys, Damien Dempsey, Paddy Casey, Soda Blonde, Greenshine, Thumper, Hermitage Green, The Riptide Movement and many more.

After finally coming out of our social distancing restrictions over the past couple of years this is an opportunity to connect with our tribe. Nights that turn into morning and friends that turn into family, it is just one huge positive vibe that uplifts ourselves, our community, improves our well being and just makes life better for all who attend.

Music is indeed the healing herb and the heart of every festival and Forest Fest 2022 promises to deliver on all fronts. This year’s event has an excellent cross section of genres from Thumper and the Stunning to get your heart pumping to Greenshine for a cool down. With over 45 performers on three stages, performance art of all kinds, drum circles, kids activities from the Port Art Collective and lots of delicious artisan food and drink we will not lack for variety and appeal for everyone and every age.

This is going to be one magical weekend at the Forest Fest inaugural event, one not to be missed and forever to remember.

Forest Fest opens on Friday, July 22nd featuring Strings n’ Things, Greenshine, Hamsandwich, Hermitage Green, Harvest, Power of Dreams, Jack L and The 4 of Us.

Taking to the stage on the Saturday, July 23rd are The Stunning marking their 30th anniversary tour. Also, on the Saturday bill are Something Happens, Mundy, Paddy Casey, The Riptide Movement, Lisa Lambe, Cathy Davey, Inni-K, Thumper, Strand, Strength in Numbers, Carpark Sci-Fi, AIS, Three Underneath, The Barley Mob, Manden Express, Vendetta Love, Ares Redemption, Motion Sickness, Bicurious and The Outcast Crew.

The final day of the festival, Sunday July 24th stars The Waterboys, King Kong Company, Damien Dempsey, The Lost Messiahs, Soda Blonde, Hothouse Flowers, Stockton’s Wing, Pogueology, Walk the Line, The Barley Mob, Eileen Gogan, Cua, The Pearly Whites, Big Spoon, Paper Planes, Dopamine and Flublah.

Complete performer profiles, tickets, children’s entertainment, and your frequently asked questions and lots more info on www.forestfest.ie

Our shuttle bus service is being catered for by Martley’s of Portlaoise and will be servicing Portlaoise, Mountmellick and Portarlington to Emo.The current pickups and drop offs are as follows with more possible pick up points to be added.

PORTLAOISE drop off and pick ups – MALDRON HOTEL, TRAIN STATION. MIDLAND PARK HOTEL, JFL AVENUE BUS STOP, KILLESHIN HOTEL, KILMINCHY BUS STOP,EMO GAA FIELD

MOUNTMELLICK – O’CONNELL SQUARE, PORTARLINGTON – THE SQUARE, PORTARLINGTON – RAILWAY BAR. EMO – EMO GAA FIELD

The full shuttle bus timetable will be up on the website shortly.