The Folly Festival returns with a bang this July, and boasts a line up that is sure to thrill all who are lucky enough to attend the intimate village venue, which is situated beneath the towering ruin of historic Cullohill Castle.

Top acts Darren Kiely, Róisín O, The Scratch and Dea Matrona, will be joined by some of the best up and coming Irish artists, in Oscar Blue, Saibh Skelly, Jessica Doolan, Paddy Keyes, Cliona McDonald and Barry Deegan. The music takes place on the evenings of Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July, with musician and TG4 presenter Doireann Glackin as MC for both nights!  Back by popular demand to bring the music into the early hours will be DJ Duo ‘S²’.

The Folly Festival is Irelands first ever gender balanced music festival, which in 2018, first addressed the discrepancy within the entertainment industry, when male artists outnumbered female artists 5:1, and the ratio was the same throughout the industry’s engineering and production roles. In selecting our performers, we actively promote gender balance, selecting our lineup accordingly, with an equal number of male and female acts.

Music, Comedy & Culture is what our event is all about, and over the course of two magical days in July, we aim to deliver it in spades! 

Tickets are on sale at, with the option of individual day tickets at €50 each, or a full weekend ticket for €80. All children, under the age of 14 gain free admission to our evening concerts, once accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

The Folly Festival is brought to you by Cullohill Community Council with the support of Electric Picnic, Laois Partnership Company and Laois County Council. 

The Folly is the first gender balanced festival in Ireland.

What is a gender balanced festival?  Very simply it is a festival with equal numbers of male and female performers. Throughout the entertainment industry male artists outnumber female artists 5:1 and the ratio is the same throughout production roles.  
The Folly is the first festival in Ireland which actively promotes gender balance and selects act accordingly.


The Folly Festival Cullohill