Laois to host first ever gender balanced music and comedy festival 'The Folly' supported by Electric Picnic

The unique festival will take place in Cullohill, Co Laois

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Laois to host first ever gender balanced music and comedy festival 'The Folly' supported by Electric Picnic

Laois to host first ever gender balanced music and comedy festival 'The Folly' supported by Electric Picnic

The first ever gender balanced music and comedy weekend will take place in Laois this summer in a new and original event supported by Electric Picnic. 

The brand new event called 'The Folly' will take place over two nights in the shadows of the majestic old ruins of Cullahill Castle in Laois.

Dating back to the 1420's, the regal tower will provide a stunning backdrop to the main stage, nestled at the foot of the historic relic.

Taking place over two nights Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 2018, the line-up will feature an equal gender balance of female and male musicians, performers and comedians, featuring some of the best up and coming talent in the country.

The initiative is warmly welcomed by Electric Picnic organisers who themselves have begun to address the gender balance issue at festivals with the introduction of an all-female comedy line up on Thursday night at The Hazel Wood stage at this year’s Electric Picnic.

On Friday night, Folly fans will be treated to music from the Nomadic harmony folk duo The Lost Brothers and the young fresh talent of our very own local singer songwriter, Curtis Walsh, representing the male talent.

Read more about talented Laois musician Curtis Walsh here. 

And on the ladies side will be Holly Macve renowned for her heavenly voice on her spellbinding country and western ballads and singer songwriter Molly Sterling with her emotive alt pop sound.

If it’s a belly laugh you want, The Folly is where you need to be on this magical weekend on Saturday night, as some of Ireland’s finest comedy prodigies and up and coming comedy gems take to the stage over the 2 day festival, including the hilarious Kevin McGahern, Ashlee Bentley, Mark McConnell, Niamh Marron, Eddie Mullarkey, Grace Mulvey, Ronan Grace and Sharon Mannion.

The next best thing about eating food is talking about it! There will be a veritable smorgasbord of food stalls on offer, alongside beverages of alcoholic and non-alcoholic tipples.

Before night time falls on Saturday and the Folly entertainment kicks off, there will be plenty of day time activity with the Cullahill Annual Fair for all ages, a walk up the Cullahill mountain, a farmer’s market, village parade, games for the kids, storytelling, a tour of the hidden history of Cullahill Castle and the first ever PaddyO’s Irish Porridge Making Championship, with Rachel Allen on hand to judge.

Tickets for The Folly go on sale Friday, June 15 2018.

There will be a very limited amount of tickets for this very intimate festival with capacity capped at 800.

Price

Early bird: €40 for weekend plus booking fee (available until 14th July)

Daily tickets: €25 plus booking fee

Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster.

All ages are welcome at The Folly taking place Friday, 20th July at 7pm - 11:30pm and Saturday, 21st July from 8:30am - 11:30pm.  

Children twelve and under go free once accompanied by a ticket holding adult (Limited to max of two children per adult). The Folly Ticket also includes the walk up Cullahill mountain, entrance to PaddyO's Irish Porridge Championships and the family Cullahill Fair on Saturday. 

Parents must use their discretion for the Folly Comedy as there may be adult themes (8.00pm-11.30pm Saturday evening).

Rachel Allen to judge first ever PaddyO's Irish Porridge Making Championship in Laois.