The Old Fort Quarter

Bumper line up for 2019 Old Fort Quarter Festival 28th, 29th & 30th June 2019

The Old Fort Quarter Festival in Portlaoise is now in its 4th year. The Old Fort Quarter Festival combines the history and heritage of Portlaoise with music, food and family entertainment in one unforgettable weekend. 2018 saw 22,000 people on the streets of Portlaoise over the 3 days of the festival and this year’s festival will be the biggest and best yet. 

Old Fort Quarter Launch 2019
The full committee & support team of the Old Fort Quarter Festival 2019

A Festival Based In Local Heritage

The 3 day heritage festival is based in and around the walls of the Old Fort Protector, the first of its kind built in Ireland between 1547 and 1548 during the tenure of Bellingham, Lord Justice of Ireland, in the reign of “the boy King” Edward VI.   The Fort played a major part in how the town developed and its heritage is celebrated throughout the weekend with re- enactments, heritage talks, sword making walks and talks around the Old Fort.   Life in the 1500s is bought to life in an entertaining way to capture the imaginations of both adults and children. 

Free Daytime Entertainment For All The Family

Heritage and fun all wrapped up in a wonderful family Festival

Of course there’s lots of other family fun over the weekend along the main street with puppet shows, giant games, face painting and lots more to keep everyone entertained.  The main street is pedestrianised for the full weekend making it the perfect spot to spend the day enjoying music, heritage, food and entertainment.  2 stages will provide daytime family entertainment, an artisan market with food stalls and food demonstrations will make sure everyone is well fed.  The whole street event is wrapped up in the local heritage stories, characters and re-enactments and overall good fun.

Night Time Gets A Brand New Events Venue

Given the success of night time entertainment at last year’s festival it became apparent that there is was a need to develop a better space for live music.  New for 2019 is the addition of a dedicated live music stage, similar to the Electric Ireland stage at Electric Picnic.  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 which can allows the festival to still have a large scale music event in a safe and secure environment.   In the 1900’s this location was known as Rampart’s field and often held brass band concerts and other musical entertainment so it’s great to see the location going back to its original use! 

This is a ticketed event and will offer superb value to see multiple acts each night.   Headliner acts over the weekend include ABBAesqe, Qween, King Kong Company, Pogueology, Transmitter, Smash Hits and many more.  Early bird tickets are €10 nightly or €15 nightly after that.   All the money raised from ticket sales goes directly back into the festival funds and will help finance bigger and better events to celebrate the Old Fort Protector for future years. Tickets go on sale on Friday 10th May at 10am

New Heritage Pub Trail

This year also sees the introduction of a Laois Heritage Pub trail with all participating pubs having live music and entertainment each night of the festival.  This gives people the choice of multiple venues and the ability to see a wide variety of acts in different settings.  Currently there are 10 pubs on the trial and the choice and diversity of entertainment will be huge.  The main street will be closed for the festival both day and night adding to the overall festival feel.

Lots More News To Come

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