Castlepalooza 09 takes place once again in Charleville Castle on August 1st and 2nd (Bank Holiday Weekend) in Tullamore, County Offaly


Metro Main Stage

HMV Stage

David Kitt Big Dish Go
Project Jenny Project Jan Scribble Sound System
Super Extra Bonus Party 8 Ball
Dark Room Notes Ski Bunny
Angel Pier Not Squares
Glint Glam Rock Cops
The Lowly Knights Rocky Horror Picture Show Live
So Cow The Ambience Affair
Followers of Otis Holy Roman Army
Yngve and the innocent Land Lovers
Killer Chloe Hogan
The Red Embers

Metro Main Stage

HMV Stage

Noise Control DJ Tu-Ki
Channel One DJ Steve Reddy
Robotnik R.S.A.G
The Lost Brothers DJ Baz
The Chapters Project Jenny Project Jan
Toy Horses Le Galaxie (Formerly 66e)
Ceilí The 202’s
The Spikes Patrick Kellegher
The Hot Sprockets Nell Bryden
The Red Labels Lauren Guillery
Rob Power Yoga Band


Rainforest Day Spa
For those who party hard and need some recuperation. This Day Spa, located inside the castle provides massage; reflexology; facials and manicures & pedicures by an open fire.  A luxurious and mellow escape from the festival fun.

Disco, Burlesque, Bollywood & Circus trick workshops all available in the ballroom both days!

Rocky Horror Picture Show
BoBo Productions will play host to the Rocky Horror Picture
Show Sizzling Summer Spectacle, where a cast of
miss-matched misfits will perform 16 scenes from the
film on stage.

There’s also plenty of surprises in store for the audience
with corseted phantoms, prizes for best dressed, complete
audience interaction with all props provided and plenty of
candy to fuel your sweet tooth.

So blow the cobwebs from your fishnets, polish up your
heels and pilfer mother’s make-up, because it’s time
to play dress up.

Located in County Offaly in the heartland of traditional Irish culture, Rahan Comhaltas is an organisation dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of traditional Irish music, song, dance and storytelling. The talented musicians in Rahan Comhaltas play accordians, fiddles, flutes, tin whistles, guitars, banjos, bodhrans, mandolins and keyboards.  On Sunday afternoon they will play on the main stage, encouraging all to get involved in an outdoor hooley!

Exploring ethics and fashion, Re-dress will be hosting visual
exhibitions, upcycling demonstrations and a participatory art
project ‘TACTILE TEXTILE’ with textiles designer Sinead Kane.
Come and take part in creating the castle’s very own fabric of fun!
There’ll be tea and cakes too!

Art Exhibition
Every year we put on different art exhibitions within Charleville Castle. Situated in the Main Hall, everyone can access and browse the exhibition for free or relax beside the open fire with friends. Open daily from 12 noon to 8pm.

The Poetry Divas
The Poetry Divas were formed in the summer of 2008 and performed an eclectic set at the Electric Picnic Festival in a teepee and in a bog house. This year at Castle Palooza, The Poetry Divas feature Kate Dempsey, Niamh Bagnell and Tríona Walsh in a deliciously infectious show that’s bound to touch a nerve and blur the wobbly boundaries between page and stage. Kate is a seasoned poet, both salt and vinegar, widely published in Ireland and the UK and has been nominated and won many prizes including The Francis MacManus and Hennessy New Irish Writing awards for both Poetry and Fiction. Niamh is published in the acclaimed anthology ‘Night and Day’ and reads her poems in public whenever she gets the chance, including The International Bar, Dublin, The Naked Lunch, White House Poets, Limerick and Farmleigh House. Tríona is in this writing lark for hard cash . She won the Jonathan Swift Award in ’08 and has been moonwalking ever since.