Some of the team behind the Westmeath Bachelor Festival, Colm Baker, marketing manager, Tomás Nally, event director, Amy Lynch, PR manager, Derek Irwin, event director, and Shane Barkey, event director and presenter, with Cllr Bill Collentine. Missing from photo, Niamh Nally, event director, and Sarah Jane Foster, presenter. The team were inspecting the site for the Lakeland Sessions – the main stage will be placed at the bottom end of the car park in Blackhall.

The Lakelands Sessions kicks off Westmeath Bachelor Festival 2022

The organisers of the Westmeath Bachelor Festival 2022 are putting Mullingar at the forefront of their thinking, and they are confident their choice of location for The Lakelands Sessions – which opens the three-day event – will benefit all businesses and the tourism sector in the town.

The Lakelands Sessions will feature The Academic, Gavin James, The Blizzards and Ellen Sleator, on Friday April 29, 2022, and it is the première night of the Westmeath Bachelor Festival.

Two more nights of music will be announced in the coming days as Mullingar gets the opportunity to host the top names in Irish entertainment.

The calibre of acts announced for The Lakeland Sessions means tickets are expected to be in high demand over the Christmas period.

Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, November 19, at 10am (full details at

The main stage will be in the Blackhall car park, in the centre of Mullingar (subject to relevant licence and permissions). The culmination of the weekend, the Westmeath Bachelor Competition itself, is on Sunday May 1, 2022, in Mullingar Arts Centre.

Tomás Nally, event manager for the Westmeath Bachelor Festival, said: “We, the team planning the event, feel we have a special and unique concept in this project and this has been confirmed by the huge interest thus far and the calibre of acts and judges we have attracted.”

The team are also delighted to secure a home town performance from The Academic – Craig Fitzgerald, Dean Gavin and brothers Matt and Stephen Murtagh – who have emerged as one of the most exciting live acts on the music scene.

From humble beginnings playing battle of the bands competitions at school in Rochfortbridge, they now perform on the main stages at some of the world’s biggest music festivals.

Lead singer Craig Fitzgerald said: “We are so excited to be back playing live music again. We were just about to go out on our biggest international tour and then everything just stopped with the pandemic, so it hasn’t been an easy time.

“We recently played the main stages at Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK, to 70,000 people, our first show back – it was an unbelievable feeling to be back doing we love more than anything.

“We are excited about next year and especially to be coming back to play our biggest hometown show, in April for the Lakeland Sessions. It’s going to be the biggest gig the town has seen in years and we look forward to having some of our good friends playing as well.”

With friends such as Gavin James, The Blizzards and Ellen Sleator on the stage in Mullingar, it is a show not to be missed!

For tickets and the big reveal of the other shows lined up for the weekend, see or follow Westmeath Bachelor Festival and Westmeath Examiner on social media.