Quo Day 2 in Port Laois

I won’t be in Ireland myself this weekend (I’ll be doing my Ramsgate reading) but if I was around, I’d be heading down to PortLaoise for Ireland’s second annual Status Quo Day at Cloisters Bar.

Last year’s was a brilliant event, with something for every classic rock fan, and this year’s promises to be even bigger.

Quo Day goes down a storm

Dublin band Heavy Traffic played two hours of Quo classics

Dublin band Heavy Traffic played two hours of Quo classics



I was delighted to be invited down to Port Laois on Saturday to introduce the band at Ireland’s first annual “Quo-Day” at Cloisters pub.

Around 150 turned up for the event, which featured Status Quo concert footage playing on a big plasma screen during the evening, with two hours of live music from tribute band Heavy Traffic in a marquee outside which went down very well with both older and younger fans. The band really knew their material, and threw themselves into the performance with gusto.

A nice touch was starting their set with “Caroline” after my introduction!

Hopefully this even will grow year on year.


QuoDay – Port Laois, May 16th

Got this email today from a regular Phantom listener.


I know Quo aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but no-one actually knows anything but the chart hits. Anyway see pic included. A mate and i decided to give this a go, England and Europe have regular Quo days so why not here. The band lined up are Heavy Traffic from south Dublin who have put together a setlist of Quo album tracks from as far back as Piledriver so this is a perfect day for Quo fans and also for the knockers who have always slagged them off, a chance to hear what /quo are really all about. The gig is in Cloisters pub, Portlaoise on May 16th,


Sounds like it will be fun, especially if they are playing good covers of the lesser-known Quo stuff.  I’m on-air 5-7pm next Saturday, but might head down afterwards in time to catch the gig.

Hope it goes well.