The Lowdown

The Hoedown Lowdown – What, Where, Why…

This is a full weekend festival of American Country Music with hillbilly fun for all the family. We will have live music from the Buckaroo Big Top (marquee – with purpose built dancefloor). Along with a host of family entertainment, food and shows on the ranch out back.


Festival launches on the evening of Friday 22nd July, 2016, followed by a full day of ranch and saloon entertainment on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th of July.


Rednecks & Rhinestones Festival takes place in the grounds of the Gate House Bar, in Emo, Co. Laois. You can find us on Google Maps here.

From the M7

Exit the M7 at Junction 15, at the roundabout follow the signs R422 (signposted Mountmellick). Continue forward entering New Inn, at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the R445 (signposted Mountmellick). Then at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the R422 (signposted Mountmellick) continuing forward onto the R422, entering Emo.


How much is it?

Purchase a three day ticket for €40.00 or alternatively buy a ticket for Friday €15.00, Saturday €20.00 or Sunday €15.00 . All proceeds go to The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Portlaoise and our Emo GAA club

Where do I buy tickets?

Tickets are available at the door each day if space permits or in advance from Emo at The Gate House Bar (057 864 6844).

Food & Drink

Can I buy food and drink on-site?

Yes! We have a fully licensed bar and restaurant, and we will also have a BBQ every evening, all weekend on-site.

Family Friendly

Can I bring my children?

Yes! We have lots of fun activities all weekend for families. The ranch out back is open with games and fun fair entertainment, pony rides, vintage car and tractor run, steam engine display and much more… Although, it is important to note, The Gate House Bar is a licensed premises and as a result children cannot remain on the premises after 8pm.

Camping/Places to Stay

Can I overnight it?

Camping is available on-site (by request), pre-booking is essential, please contact The Gate House Bar (057 864 6844). Additionally, special accommodation rates (quote Rednecks & Rhinestones) are available from The Killeshin Hotel, The Heritage Killenard, The Heritage Portlaoise and The Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise.