Big crowds expected for Gospel Rising festival

A LARGE crowd of music and singing enthusiaists are expected to visit Portlaoise this coming weekend to take part in the Gospel Rising festival. Only in its second year, the festival will be held in Laois after a very successful opening in Ennis last year.

A LARGE crowd of music and singing enthusiaists are expected to visit Portlaoise this coming weekend to take part in the Gospel Rising festival. Only in its second year, the festival will be held in Laois after a very successful opening in Ennis last year.

The festival will draw the cream of Gospel choirs from around the country including the Dublin Gospel Choir, the Portlaosie Gospel Choir, the Tipperary Gospel Choir, as well as choirs from Sligo, Kerry, Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare to name a few. The festival will begin with workshops from 8pm this Friday and a sing-along from 10pm, both in Kavanaghs pub on Main Street.

Saturday will see workshops taking place all day and everyone is welcome to join in. There will also be street entertainment on Main Street from 1pm, with a number of local bands and the local Comhaltas performing. A free concert will take place at the bottom of Main Street on Saturday evening from around 7.30pm, with children from local schools performing. The concert will also feature a number of top quality gospel choirs.

The gospel choirs will also be performing at masses and services throughout the town over the weekend, including Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The festival will draw to a close on Sunday afternoon with a performance taking place in the town between 2pm and 4pm. For more information on Gospel Rising or to book a place at any of the workshops, visit www.gospelrising.ie, and check out more on the festival in this week’s Stage Left.