Words: Dylan Murphy
Taking place at Royal Hospital Kilmainham, a host of acts will play at the festival on July 3.
For the first time in 16 months, Ireland will host a music festival. On July 3 2021, 3,500 will be permitted at Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin.
Festival goers will be required to take an antigen test to enter the event, with further details being provided to those that purchase tickets in advance.
The festival will feature Gavin James, Lyra, Denise Chaila, Wild Youth, Sharon Shannon & Wyvern Lingo performing full sets and will be hosted by The 2 Johnnies. The event is over 18s and kicks off at 15.30 with the gates opening at 15.00.
Tickets will be sold in Pods of either 4 or 6 persons and are not transferrable. Lead person contact details must be provided and if required entire party for HSE contact tracing.
Speaking today, Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media said: “I am delighted to announce this music festival hosted by IMMA at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the first such event in almost 16 months. The RHK is an iconic venue for live music and this marks a significant step forward towards larger gigs in the coming months, subject to the public health situation.
“The line-up is fantastic and there will be 3,500 fans on the night, enjoying a very exciting range of Irish talent. I have set aside 500 free tickets for frontline health care workers as a gesture of thanks for their hard work and dedication during the pandemic. Their commitment in these unbelievably challenging times has been truly inspiring and something which I know we all appreciate.
“I would like to thank MCD and IMMA for working with myself and my Department to bring this exciting gig to fruition.
“These pilot events are critical on the road to reopening live entertainment and will help the Government to plan for the safe management of events whilst Covid is still circulating in our communities and build confidence in the guidance and event management protocols developed to keep everyone safe”.
“To that end, social distancing will be reduced to one metre; and I am now also introducing rapid testing for concert goers and staff.
“The purpose of these events is to build the road back to the safe and full recovery of live performances and sporting events and establish confidence in the guidance and event management protocols developed for the sector. The use of antigen tests is to help consider the logistics of them as a means of gaining entry to live events as the sector reopens.”
Tickets go on sale at 9.00 on Ticketmaster.ie this Friday and tickets are priced at €39.50.