THE Malt House in Stradbally proved to be the ideal venue and backdrop for the inaugural Sonas Boutique Festival, which took place on Saturday 27 July.
The festival celebrated local music and well-being, with tickets selling out well in advance of the event.
Performing on the Sonas main stage were a series of Laois musicians, including an album launch by Ollie Plunkett and the Lost Messiahs, the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra with special guests Chris Stout and Catriona McKay and the Midlands ISL Choir.
On the Sonas wellness stage, a series of talks took place on a range of well-being related topics including Dr Eamon Rogers, who spoke about men’s health and Annmarie Cannon, who focused on Geopathic stress. Treatments were also available in the therapy tents. The Sonas wellbeing stage closed the night with a highly-impressive drum circle with Eddie O’Neill.
Food stalls proved to be hugely popular. The food vendors supplied local produce and the on-site bar supplied local craft beer from Ballykilcavan Brewery.
Sonas was supported by Laois Co Council, through the tourism office and Creative Ireland Laois grants and widely by many local businesses including Ray Whelan, Laois Hire and Portlaoise Prison Services, who provided wonderful outdoor sculptures and picnic benches. A special thank you was extended to Glenn Bradshaw, owner of The Malt House.