Offaly's Chasing Abbey set for midlands festival date

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Offaly band Chasing Abbey to play hometown gig this week

Offaly band Chasing Abbey are part of the stellar line-up set to take the stage at the Old Fort Quarter Festival in the midlands later this month. An extra evening of entertainment has been added to the party weekend in Portlaoise kicking off on Friday, June 23.

There will be free live music from nine different acts featured right through the three-day festival which runs to Sunday, June 25, including from Tullamore three-piece Chasing Abbey.

Chasing Abbey have enjoyed major success recently with their radio and streaming hit, 'That Good Thing,' and they will bring a unique pop style to Portlaoise.

“People can expect a high energy show with lots of interaction with the crowd. We can't wait to play this festival as midlands crowds always show us much love,” said Chasing Abbey members Ro, Bee and TeddyC.

The acts will play from 7.30pm until late on Friday, June 23. Friday's events are a new addition to the festival which celebrates the town's rich heritage.

The night will begin with funk and soul band The Big Spoon. This well-known local band will open the festival and get the crowd ready for an enjoyable summer weekend.

“We are absolutely delighted to be opening the festival and to be a part of a great line up. The Big Spoon cover a multitude of artists from Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bob Marley and many more both old and new,” said the band's lead vocalist Dick Finnegan.

A local favourite, Pogueology, one of the highlights at this year's Trinity Ball, stormed the Old Fort Festival last year and will be back to round off the first night of the festival.

PJ Kavanagh is one of the main festival organisers.

“I am looking forward to these guys closing out the first night of the festival in style,” he said.

All the groups will perform on a Festival Stage on Main Street.

A marquee will ensure that the crowds will be able to enjoy the fun whatever the weather.

There will be an official launch with special guests who are yet to be announced between the first and second music acts on Friday night.

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