What’s On Guide

From ancient festivals in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to modern day merry-making, Laois has enjoyed a party more than most for thousands of years. With over 60 events happening each month , you are most definitely invited to celebrate with us.
And from major international music weekends to local fiestas covering everything from scarecrows and storytelling, to drama and literature, you’re sure to find your tribe. For the outdoor enthusiast there’s weekly guided walks, runs and cycles. Come join us as we celebrate the length and breadth of the county – morning, noon, and night…

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The Old Fort Festival

26th June @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm


A unique tribute to the golden era of early 90s dance, pop and R‘n’B. This Dublin six-piece is comprised of experienced musicians performing the best of classic 90s tracks. Smash Hits! have appeared on bills across Ireland with acts like 50 Cent, MGMT, 5ive, S-Club, Faithless, Wheatus, Orbital, The Saturdays, The Coronas and 2Unlimited. The Smash Hits! live show has been getting the party started in venues, nightclubs, corporate events and festivals for the last five years.

With support from: Transmitter

With over 15 years of experience on the live music circuit, Transmitter are back!! Ireland’s most in-demand professional act for the big occasion join our closing gig of this epic weekend. With a powerful and energetic setlist, they mix the biggest anthems of today with classic hits from the past 5 decades, to create an incendiary live show. Combine all of this with the top quality sound and lighting show you might expect from a major label act and you begin to understand what the Transmitter live experience is.

Note: Further support acts to be announced! Stay tuned for details.


26th June
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Main Street Portlaoise