Hot on the heels of collecting the ‘Best Festival’ accolade at the Midlands Hospitality Awards, Forest
Fest have wasted no time in staking their claim to holding onto the title for 2023.
“Off the back of winning the Best Festival plaudits we really want to live up to that standard and
expectation and to step up to the mark with Forest Fest2,” explained the festival founder and
promoter, Philip Meagher.
“To that end I think our first line-up reveal speaks for itself, and that’s just a fraction and a flavour of
what’s to come in terms of international headliners, the best Irish talent and the pick of emerging
acts and artists, that’s the Forest Fest formula. It’s eclectic, it’s exciting, it’s entertaining and fun.
“We remain an indie boutique festival, with a cosy, comfortable atmosphere, a convenient scale,
and family-friendly with limited numbers. We don’t believe that bigger is necessarily better, but we
do believe in getting better and always looking for ways to refine, hone and improve the Forest Fest
“In a direct response to our fanbase and the feedback that we have received, we’ve listened and
responded to come out early with a very attractive day-ticket offering, which is ultra-flexible and
transferable at no additional cost whatsoever. So, it’s really an ideal and thoughtful Christmas gift,
and a Forest Fest ticket is not just for Christmas, as the anticipation can be enjoyed for the next six
months, and the memories will last forever.
“Lots of festival fans have already committed to Forest Fest for the weekend and the weekend
remains the best way to come and enjoy this summer celebration of music, arts and socialise in such
a wonderful ambiance and setting. However, that’s not possible for a variety of reasons for everyone
and therefore the day-ticket is in keeping with our ethos of accessibility, affordability and the
ultimate flexibility for our valued fans and supporters Essentially, you can transfer or upgrade all the
tickets at any time without incurring any extra fees or charges,” explained Philip.
As for the line-up reveal, the indie pop anthems are going to ring out around the forest canopy of
Emo village next July, accompanied no doubt by jubilant sing-along fans, as the strains of the new
Forest Fleadh - essentially a festival within a festival - a virtual who’s who of Irish folk & trad,
combined with the energy of the best emerging new acts breaking onto the scene.
The initial Forest Fest line-up reveal for next July features Suede, Ash, Big Country, Bronagh
Gallagher & Band, Carrie Baxter, Frank and Walters, Gabrielle, Hermitage Green, Jack Lukeman,
Nik Kershaw, N.O.A.H, Pastiche, Something Happens, Sharon Shannon, The Primitives, The
Proclaimers, The Riptide Movement, The Undertones, and Walk The Line, with further headliners
and numerous other acts yet to be announced.