Friday, May 22, 2020


By Joe Barrett.

THE inaugural Forest Fest music festival due to have taken place in Emo from 10 to 12 July has been rescheduled to take place over the June Bank Holiday weekend from 4 to 6 July next year.

The organisers have also announced that they have secured all their headline and key acts to as well as two more major acts to perform at the rescheduled event.

Forest Fest 2021 will now be opened by Harvest, the Neil Young tribute who have regularly stolen the show on the Trailer Park stage in the Electric Picnic.

The new headline act for the Friday slot on the opening night of the 3-day festival will be Jack L, who will bring his full show to the Emo venue.

All existing tickets can be retained and reused for next year, if patrons wish to do so. A full refund of all tickets sold for this July’s is also available on request.

The promoter of Forest Fest Philip Meagher said: “Like everyone else we are disappointed and regret that we have had to call off this year’s festival due to the Covid 19 restrictions. However, health and safety is paramount and takes precedence over all other considerations and any inconvenience in postponing Forest Fest comes second to the well-being of all in our local community, our patrons, staff, fans and performers.

“Of course we are disappointed, everyone was really excited and looking forward to the inaugural Forest Fest, but social distancing guidelines and the various other protocols that are required for the foreseeable future made it impossible to proceed with an event of this scale in a completely safe and enjoyable atmosphere.

“We were determined not just to pull the plug and walk away and have worked hard behind the scenes in recent weeks to liaise with the fantastic bands and other interested parties to ensure that we could harness the energy, enthusiasm, excitement and interest there is in Forest Fest, so we are delighted to secure all those top acts for the June bank-holiday next year.”

The event, which will be headlined by The Stunning, Something Happens, the Frank & Walters, Walk the Line and Pogueology who were all billed in the original line-up, will now see Jack L and Harvest as the star attractions on the opening Friday night of the June holiday weekend.

The packed programme at Forest Fest 2021 will also feature other popular Electric Picnic favourites, The Pearly Whites along with local crowd pleasers, The Jury, The Big Spoon with guests Vocalese There will be shows too from Strength in Numbers and The Glimmermen, special guests at a Festival Club which will be offering craft beers, cocktails and a classy food menu, all available as part of the boutique festival offering.

A full support programme of arts and artisan events, along with afternoon family friendly activities is currently being finalised and will be announced in due course.

For all other details, updates, tickets or refund requirements just log on to

Tickets for Forest Fest 2021 are now available via Eventbrite and the Forest Fest website,

There are a range of fan-friendly ticketing options, ranging in price from €32.50 for individual daily shows to a select number of Festival Club weekend passes with special privileges for €110.

Check out for complete festival details and daily programme updates and information.


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