Music on the Main Stage

New for 2019 is the addition of a dedicated live music stage. The Laois Music Centre which is set within the Old Fort Protector makes for the perfect backdrop for entertainment wrapped up in our wonderful heritage festival. For concert goers there is no better way to experience live music than at a proper gig centre. This venue allows the festival to still have a large scale music event in a safe and secure environment.

Early Bird tickets  have sold out but there are still lots of tickets available for each night at incredible value at €15 per night.  Tickets are on sale at Dunamaise Arts Centre or book online at  www.dunamaise.ie

Friday 28th June

 

ABBAesque

10pm to 12 Midnight

Qween 

8-9.30pm

 

The AJ’s 

7pm – 7.45pm

 
  
  

Saturday 29th June

 

King Kong Company 

10.45pm – 12 Midnight

 

Pogueologly

8pm – 10.15pm

 

The Valves 

6.15pm – 7.30pm

 

The Jury 

5pm – 5.45pm

  
  

Sunday 30th June

 

 

Smash Hits 

9.45pm – 12 Midnight

 

Transmitter 

7pm – 9.15pm

 

Strength In Numbers 

6pm – 6.45pm

 

The Dooley Brothers

5pm – 5.45pm

   

 

More About The Bands

ABBAesque

ABBAesque are undoubtedly Ireland’s number one Abba tribute show ever! Their success over the past 21 years has been phenomenal making them without question Ireland’s most successful tribute show performing in excess of 150 sell out concerts each year.  Often Copied..but Never Equalled!! . Find out more here

Qween

Qween are Europe’s most authentic Queen Tribute. Qween’s live two hour production of Queen’s greatest hits preserves the image, sound, and stage personas of classic Queen.  We will, we will, ROCK YOU. Find out more here

The AJ’s

With over twenty year’s collective experience performing live music, two talented Portlaoise musicians, Alan Smyth and James O’Connor, have joined forces and formed The AJs, a band that merges their differences in a captivating way. Not to be missed. Find out more here

King Kong Company

One of the most exciting Irish bands at the moment.  The accolades from their award winning show summarise what makes them so good …. King Kong Company have “21st century swagger” (Irish Times) …are “festival legends in the making” (Irish Examiner) and are the best live act in Ireland today (Pure M Awards).   They have visited Laois before with 10,000 revellers screaming their hearts and lungs out at King Kong Company’s Electric Picnic mid-afternoon rave. Not to mention their 2am slot at Body & Soul and this June they are back, this time in Portlaoise headlining Saturday night.  Find out more here

Pogueology

Pogueology (A Tribute to ‘The Pogues) recreate the passion, energy and mayhem of The Pogues.   This local Laois band have gone from strength to strength over the years literally bringing the stage down at Electric Picnic.  They have been endorsed by Shane Mcgowan and their show makes for a evening of madness and great music. Find out more here

The Valves

The Valves are a versatile, three piece Cover Band that play a non-typical blend of covers spanning the last 60 years.  Indie Rock from the Yesterday to the Present day! Tones of tunes from The Kinks to the Kings of Leon, Oldies to modern classics. Find out more here

Smash Hits

Smash Hits! are a unique, entertaining 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 from acclaimed artists such as Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, House of Pain, Take That, Spice Girls, Haddaway, Prodigy and Snap, amongst others.  Fully decked out in 90s outfits and possessing an energetic set overflowing with chart hits, Smash Hits! are a throwback to a feel-good time of old skool nightclub DJs, all-night raves and packed out dancefloors. Since bursting onto the club scene in May 2009 the band have sold out shows all over Ireland. Find out more here

Transmitter

Transmitter has been working on a full time professional basis for over ten years and has played well over a thousand gigs and many in Co Laois where they are a huge favourite.    Their repertoire is huge and it makes them an ideal choice for a music festival where they really get the crowd moving and entertained. Find out more here

Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers are a Portlaoise band who are local rock legends  and will really get things going with all the rock classics. Find out more here