Far West Fest is a brand new music festival for 2023, taking place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th August in the beautiful village of Geesala, County Mayo, with the scenic Achill Islands as the backdrop to the spectacular green field festival site. There is already a lot of attention focused on this part of Ireland due to the huge success of the brilliant Banshees Of Inisherin movie, and now this exciting new event will add to the buzz BIG time in North West County Mayo for Summer 2023. Far West Fest will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the famous Geesala horse racing festival which takes place on nearby Doolough Beach on Sunday 20th August, by hosting a top quality music festival to entertain the thousands who descend on Geesala for this weekend every year, as well as bringing in music fans from all over Mayo and beyond to this picture perfect location.


On Friday 18th August, a fantastic dance/pop line up gets the party started at Far West Fest with legendary DJ duo BASEMENT JAXX playing a closing set. With a string of Top 10 hits to play out including “Romeo”, “Red Alert”, “Rendez-Vu” and “Where’s Your Head At”, the London pair are masters of the festival headline set, having conquered Glastonbury, Creamfields and Sea Sessions in recent years. One of Ireland’s biggest breakthrough acts of 2022, LYRA, will be bringing her power pop to the Far West Fest stage. After wowing 15,000 people at the recent NYE Festival in Dublin alongside Westlife and Gavin James, the Cork lass is all set to dominate 2023 with her highly anticipated debut album. One of the most successful DJ/Producers on the planet, JAX JONES, will be playing a rare main stage festival DJ set at Far West Fest, featuring all his huge worldwide hits from ‘You Don’t Know Me’ right up to current banger ‘Whistle’. Also on the bill is Ireland’s favourite DJ and festival veteran JENNY GREENE, whose Electric Disco show on 2FM has been dominating the Irish airwaves for the last 12 years. Kicking off the party on Friday, is Sligo based DJ, SHONA BROPHY, who is well known throughout the west for her DJ sets as a Reboot resident.


On Saturday 19th August, Far West Fest is delighted to present 3 of the biggest Irish acts of the last decade, headliner GAVIN JAMES, very special guests THE ACADEMIC and our Eurovision pick for 2023 the fantastic WILD YOUTH. Gavin’s songs have been streamed almost 2 billion times around the world, an incredible figure that has delivered sold out audiences wherever the Dublin native travels. Gavin’s 2022 album “The Sweetest Part” was his third #1 in a row cementing his status as an Arena selling act. The Academic are ‘on fire’ at the moment with new album “Sitting Pretty” rocketing to the top of the charts on the back of some of the best live shows they have ever done across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Wild Youth will be appearing at the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool in May, ahead of Far West Fest, and will carry the support of the whole country with their fantastic song “We Are One”. Galway based singer-songwriter BRAD HEIDI was announced by TikTok as their No.1 most followed Irish artist in 2022 and also plays the Far West Fest main stage on Saturday. As does Mayo girl, LYDIA FORD, who has been tipped to breakthrough at home and abroad in 2023 with her hotly anticipated debut album ‘Faking It’. Saturday also features a second stage headlined by the ‘biggest buzz band ‘ in Ireland for 2023, KINGFISHR. Also playing the second stage are RAGING SONS, CARRIE BAXTER and DAVE LOFTS & SAND.