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Pilot day festival gig with Gavin James, Denise Chaila, Lyra, Sharon Shannon, Wyvern Lingo and more for 3500 people announced for Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Pilot day festival gig with Gavin James, Denise Chaila, Lyra, Sharon Shannon, Wyvern Lingo and more for 3500 people announced for Royal Hospital Kilmainham

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Details of the promised pilot gig for 3500 people have been released.

Now taking place in Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin the gig on Saturday July 3rd will feature performances from Gavin James, Denise Chaila, Lyra, Sharon Shannon, Wild Youth, Wyvern Lingo and will be MC’d by the 2 Johnnies.

According to Minister Catherine Martin, the gig will feature 1m social distancing, “rapid testing” and according to Gavin James tweet, there will be a bar.

Tickets priced €39.50 plus fees go on sale this Friday June 25th at 9am from Ticketmaster.ie and are only sold in pods of 4 or 6.


Gates open at 3pm with the first act on stage at 3:30pm. Times are subject to change. Event is over 18s and ID is required.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Rapid antigen testing will be a requirement of entry to this event.  Health specialists will conduct antigen tests prior to the event. Further details of this will be provided to ticketholders in advance. 

As we discussed with James Vincent McMorrow last week on the podcast, after his pilot event, the gradual easing of restrictions also seems to apply to these pilot events so we are saying a cautious reduction in the restrictions at the events as time goes on.

For gigs to work financially, away from the pilot events, in the near future, social distancing ultimately, needs to be scrapped.

Speaking today,  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.”

Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Organisers have implemented a range of control measures to ensure the protection and safety of performing artists, staff, and customers. Directed by Government guidelines, these measures include staggered access times, clear and visible signage, socially distanced queuing systems, readily available hygiene stations in convenient locations, enhanced cleaning regimes, easily accessible toilet facilities, the creation of socially distanced seated and standing Pods for attendees and the wearing of masks when outside your Pod. Event staff will also be on hand to assist and direct patrons to ensure their safety and comfort. 

To facilitate contact tracing if necessary, each attendee is to have their event ticket on their own mobile device. The Lead booker of tickets is required to use the Transfer Feature in “My Account” after purchase, to transfer tickets to each member of the group. This must be done by close of business on Wednesday 30th June.

It is critical that these measures are strictly followed by those attending this event. Such guidelines are subject to change.

The event is produced by MCD Productions and is being hosted by IMMA in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in association with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the OPW, and Dublin City Council.