James are to headline the opening Friday of the Forest Fest weekend in Emo village in Laois this summer.
Also on the bill for the award winning festival will be Suede, BellX1, Suzanne Vega, Peter Hook and The Light, Alabama 3, Allie Sherlock, Apollo Junction, Bleach Lab, Dream Wife, Duke Special, 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.
Joining them across four stages at Forest Fest this summer will be 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.
In a first for Irish festivals, Forest Fest, the indie boutique festival has taken the unique initiative to elevate its folk and trad programme to a distinctive platform all of its own.
The Forest Fleadh’ a festival within a festival
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.
Featuring on the Forest Fleadh line-up are Sharon Shannon, Daoirí Farrell Trio, Stockton’s Wing, Kíla le Prás, (Kíla with Brass), Greenshine, Two Time Polka, Goitse, Buíoch, and Emer Dunne.
Tickets from €85
Forest Fest tickets are on sale starting at €85 for flexible day tickets and €190 for the full weekend on www.forestfest.ie via Eventbrite. Forest Fest is a family friendly indie boutique festival, children 12 and under attend entirely free, once accompanied by an over 18 ticket holding adult.