Did you know that one of Irelands most successful and longest-running music festivals takes place right on the banks of Blessington Lakes each year? If you’ve never heard of Knockanstockan (or Knockan’ as it’s known for short) continue reading for everything you need to know including where to stay if you don’t fancy slumming it in the campgrounds.

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Established in 2007, the festival is one of the slightly lesser known and more alternative on the Irish festival scene. They are proud to support Irish talent, offering bands of all genres and popularities a chance to own the stage. Every year the acts are a mixture of all types of music, from Reggae & Ska to Rock & Indie, depending what you’re into. As it is an independent music festival, they are once off and not available anywhere else in the world so if this seems like something you’d be interested in this year, make sure you’re free from 19-21st July.

Line up

There are a huge number of acts playing this year, as always, so you need to choose carefully and plan where you want to be at what time. With a whopping 9 ‘areas’ including one for families and little ‘Knockan’ sprogs’ you’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice. This year the headline acts include TPM, Ye Vagabonds and Acid Granny to name a small few. They have special acts celebrating and promoting Irish language and culture, namely the unique sounds of Shakalak. The best way to go to Knockan is not knowing any of the acts playing. It gives you a chance to meet new like-minded people and lets you discover new acts in their natural habitat.

Festival accommodation

You COULD camp in a tent on the camping grounds with thousands of other revelers with no readily accessible showers or running water or you could opt for a more civilized festival experience with a stay in Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort. The hotel is a short 15-minute drive from the festival grounds, meaning a comfortable bed, a luxurious room and hot running water is just a short drive away. We not only offer comfortable hotel rooms, but our new lodges are ideal for group accommodation to keep costs down. Contact our friendly reservations team for more information or to make a booking.

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You can bring a limited amount of alcohol with you and there are no restrictions about where you can carry said drinks, meaning you cut the extra cost of hugely inflated pints of warm beer from plastic cups. There are dedicated buses to take you to and from the festival area from Dublin and beyond. The site is wheelchair accessible (although challenging in parts) and first aid, waste management facilities, charging areas, toilets, food stalls and numerous bars available on-site. Tickets are still available, and you can choose your length of stay. Weekend tickets (below) including a camping pass and if you want to drive a campervan on-site, you’ll need another special pass. Prices are very reasonable when compared to the larger and more well-known festivals.

€155 for 3 days (or €99 early bird!)€135 for 2 days €65 for 1 day (Sunday only) We hope you enjoy this years Knockanstockan whether you are camping or opt for a more comfortable option in Tulfarris Hotel. We also hope the weather hold up for the weekend but sometimes a bit of rain makes it even more fun!

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