Ireland’s First Gender Balanced Festival
A very worthwhile Folly!

by Gazette Reporter
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The Folly Festival returns with a bang this July, and boasts a line up that is sure to thrill all who are lucky enough to attend the intimate village venue, which is situated beneath the towering ruin of historic Cullohill Castle.

Top acts Wild Youth, Hermitage Green, Moncrieff and Róisín O, will be joined by some of the best up and coming Irish artists, in First Day Lions, Bayviin, Nessa McHugh, Amy Murphy and Fiona O’Connell. The music takes place on the evenings of Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July, with comedian and broadcaster Bernard O’Shea completing the line up, as MC for both nights!

The concerts are punctuated by Saturday’s Daytime Events, which start off bright and early, with a gloriously scenic, Cullohill Mountain Walk, and continue throughout the day, with everything from Artisan Food & Crafts, Vintage Cars, A Celebration of Irish Beef and an Art Exhibition, to a fun Dog Show, family activities, children’s entertainment at Nancy’s Yard, and so much more. Festival tickets are not required to take part in the daytime events, and everyone is welcome to attend!

The Folly Festival is Irelands first ever gender balanced music festival, which in 2018, first addressed the discrepancy within the entertainment industry, when male artists outnumbered female artists 5:1, and the ratio was the same throughout the industry’s engineering and production roles. In selecting our performers, we actively promote gender balance, selecting our lineup accordingly, with an equal number of male and female acts.

Music, Comedy & Culture is what our event is all about, and over the course of two magical days in July, we aim to deliver it in spades!

Tickets are on sale at, with the option of individual day tickets at €30 each, or a full weekend ticket for €50. All children, under the age of 14 gain free admission to our evening concerts, once accompanied by a ticket holding adult. 

The Folly Festival is brought to you by Cullohill Community Council with the support of Electric Picnic, Laois Partnership Company and Laois County Council.

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