The Acts and Guests 2023 TBC* Performers & Artists at The Outing Festival 2023,   10 Years of World’s Only Queer Love Festival,   Get Booking Now!

Paul Ryder

Paul Ryder is currently a host on Ireland AM at the weekend on Virgin Media and also  The Ringmasters Drag Race has been a fixture on the entertainment scene for over ten years plus.
Paul Ryder has been a performer with Dublin-based drag troupe ‘DRAGGED UP’ for 10 years now which has seen him tour the UK and Ireland with his unique live performance style. He is absolutely thrilled to be the guest host for ‘The Outing festival’ 2023 again now his 7th year alongside hosts in the past
Panti Bliss, Brenden Courtney  & Alan Hughes and will just be off a whirlwind summer tour after hosting LGBT Pride events in Limerick, Galway, Dublin, and Cork and others.

Paul says: ‘I’m completely thrilled and honoured to be asked to be at The Outing Festival this year. The festival has gone from strength to strength, building up a fantastic brand and exciting weekend full of activities. Roll on The Outing Festival.’ Click here to Watch

Victoria Secret

Singer/Songwriter Victoria Secret is actually none of those things but you can find her on street corners across Ireland and the UK performing to the music she neither wrote or sang.

Celebrating 16 years as Ireland’s Tallest woman this year… Victoria is best known for treading the stage at The George Bar and running Europe’s longest running Drag entertainment company having consistently booked International drag queens to perform in Ireland for almost 7 years.

She’s also been touring extensively across the UK opening for some of the worlds most beloved Drag Queens. Hold onto your weaves as her size 12 stiletto’s sets sail for The Outing festival this year. Find out more here:

Paul Middleton

The handsome, talented and friendly Paul Middleton comes from London.

Singing since he was little, Paul came out singing onto the scene five years ago and has not looked back.

His live show covers hits from the 80s to present. He has toured the world and U.K, including: USA, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Ireland. You can see him live on stage at The Outing Festival. Check Out Him here

Niamh Kavanagh Returns for the 3rd time to The Outng Festival

Returning for her 3rd time in 10 Years, Niamh Kavanagh has been singing for most of her life.  Of all her guises within the music industry, Niamh is best known for her Eurovision successes, representing her country twice and winning for Ireland in 1993.  She has recorded many albums and collaborations, in particular lending her vocals to one of the best selling soundtrack albums of all time, The Commitments.

In 2019 Niamh starred as the Fairy Godmother in RTÉ Junior’s official panto, took part in special TV recordings ahead of Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands and continued to tour at home and abroad. Recent years have seen Niamh remain at the fore with her winning participation in nationwide obsession, Celebrity Masterchef, and a return appearance as a judge on Junior Eurovision on TG4, requiring a brush up on her cúpal focail Gaeilge. Prior to this, Niamh starred in the highly successful Irish tour of Menopause the Musical, as part of a four-woman cast. She also starred as the Evil Queen in a multi-year run of the highly successful Tivoli Christmas Panto in Dublin. Niamh’s performance was described by reviewers as a ‘show-stealer’.

Niamh retains a life-long love of live performance – her vocal talent and legendary audience rapport means she is equally at home holding court in crowded arenas as she is in intimate music venues. Niamh continues to record and is looking to the future with a number of significant projects in the works. She continues to tour and develop new shows including Date Night, a retrospective of her extensive career which was initially developed to mark the 25th anniversary of her Eurovision win. Featuring some of Niamh’s favourite songs, and accompanied by guitarist Paul Megahey, an intimate evening full of gorgeous sounds interspersed with chat and craic awaits audiences. We think we can honestly say Niamh has earned her “national treasure” title!


The duo consists of Caroline Bailey on vocals and Jen Bowler on guitar and vocals. Sparkles return to The Outing Festival for their 4th year.

The duo shot to internet fame in 2017 with their ‘Couch Cover’ of Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill which generated over 310,000 views on Facebook.

They had a write-up in the Irish Daily Mirror because of this and they also got to perform live on Corks Red FM and Corks 96fm. Since then the girls have gone from strength to strength gigging all over Ireland and uploading their weekly couch covers. They have performed in front of over 60,000 people at the Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival & Parade and return in 2022 for another amazing show. Click Here for more info

Carrie Déway Live in Full Colour at The Outing

Carrie Déway has been doing drag for the last 10 years. Living abroad and performing in countries like the UK, Spain & Canary Islands. She is a musical theatre queen at heart, but that doesn’t stop her from been and old school gal who can still dance to the modern greats! She won cycle 3 of “The Ringmasters Drag Race” on The Dragon Bar 7years ago. She now resides back in Ireland and in her short year after returning home she has rebuilt her Haus Of Déway with her daughters and sisters. Catch Haus of Déway every Wednesday on Facebook! Click here to see more:

Kiki St Clair, The Queen of The West at The Outing Festival

Kiki St. Clair, the Queen of the West has been on the Galway scene for almost 7 years. She has performed in venues up and down the country and runs Galway’s longest-running LGBT Club Night, Club GASS.

Dj’s Every Saturday in Bar Nova Galway City

She knows how to throw a party, turn a lip-sync and always leaves you wanting more. Click Here


Brew from Melodic Indie Irish Rock group BLUESUN, based in Dublin, Ireland…This year Brew with be performing slow at The Outing Festival a few times over the weekend festival. Hot Press magazine reports “ a great looking band with original style, BLUESUN’s material has an easy-going summery feel…as a unit they gel extremely well together and the frontman is fantastic.”

BREW hails from New York City and has gigged extensively within the UK, Ireland and the USA, but resides in Dublin for over 20 years

DJ Ruth on The Decks At The Outing

DJ Ruth found her passion for DJing in a little local pub in her home town of Lucan, nearly 20 years ago. Not long after she found her true home, musically and socially, on the gay scene. She quickly became a well known and very well liked part of the scene she loved. Over the years she has held long residencies in Dragon, Prhomo, Spice, Dragged Up & Glitz to name but a few.

She has also guested on many other nights around Dublin including the George, Club Tease, Profile & Kiss. Also Gass in Galway
For many years Dj Ruth has played the Dublin Pride official parties, last three years playing on the main stage in Smithfield to thousands people. (Having 12,000 people do the YMCA was a particular highlight!)

Matchmaker Eddie McGuinness

Our Matchmaker Eddie McGuinness (founder of The Outing Festival) only Gay (LGBT+) matchmaker in Ireland has over decades of experience in bringing people together from Dublin Pride to other Festival, events & Prides around Ireland aka Mr Pride, but also he holds masters in Communication and related fields. Whether you are new to being single, just out of the closet, a busy professional, or simply a great catch, we are focused on helping you find someone to share your time and life with.

Some of the key areas or events for meeting your new friend to love we have “Speed Dating” to “Ice Breakers” to “Blind Dates” to even sporting events that allow saying to someone new without feeling alone or different.

Regina George

Regina George is FLAWLESS!

She’s the Queen Bee, The Star!

Having successfully made a name for herself as Ireland’s number one dancing queen, Regina George has graced stages all over the UK & Ireland as well as some unforgettable performances from The Panti Show, The Dragon & The George to name a few.

If you like high energy performances, sickening looks and something you can dance to then look no further than a Regina George show and make sure to follow @itsreginagorj on all social media.

Queer Games

Join us for our Queer Sports Day in the afternoon on the grounds of Dromoland.
We’ll have all the usual and some unusual activities just slightly camped up;
· Egg & Spoon Race ( in heels)
· Relay Race
· 100m prance
· Wheelbarrow Race
· 3 Legged Race
· Tug of war
· Rounders
All are welcome to join in on the activities and fun for the Sports Day!

Virgin Pool Party

Virgin Pool Party

Relax with our afternoon of fun and Swim in our Swimming Pool

Inflatables, to Unicorns to water sports hosted by Ms Regina George

With lots of fun and swim shorts and bikinis to may be wet suits???

Only thing here that is virgin is no alcohol in the Pool! Lots of Mock Cocktails.


Fourth-generation Matchmaker, Willie Daly, has the gift that made Lisdoonvarna famous for over 150 years as the place to find love. Willie was ready last year to add some LGBT couples to his famously enormous book of matched names and he did it with Queen of Matchmaking Eddie McGuinness by his side.

Willie will be on-hand all weekend for you to meet and chat with as he and Eddie help matchmake you with the right one.

“Matchmaking has always been about love”

Kellie Maloney

Afternoon Tea & Chats with Kellie Maloney

Kellie is a British boxing manager and promoter who managed Lennox Lewis to the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world. In August 2014, Maloney announced publicly that she wished to be known as “Kellie” and that she was undertaking gender reassignment.

Kellie has been to The Outing Festival to find love this time it’s Eddie’s chance to help her find Love.

Ceilé Band & Dancing

Gay Ceili dances are back for the 9th year in a row or true ceili dances (fíor céili) are a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland and we have given it a twist and gay it up.

These dances form the basis for an examination of Ceili dance teachers. Irish ceili is a participatory social event attended by both men and women and accompanied by our live Irish traditional music plus guest dancers. Start the festival off with the right foot and meet new people.

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