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Wild Roots aims to put on festival in August using antigen tests with 97% accuracy

Wild Roots aims to put on festival in August using antigen tests with 97% accuracy

The Sligo festival Wild Roots hope to be one of the first festivals back in Ireland this August and hosted a site visit to a limited number of people last Friday in Lough Gill to demonstrate the safety protocols they’ll have in place if that does happen.

The festival demonstrated AI-powered Rapid Antigen technology for Live events, which is a test that has a supposed 97% accuracy and gives back results in five minutes.

“The system that we are using is the world’s first AI-Powered Covid-19 antigen test. It scans for the virus using a simple nasal swab and gives us back results within about five minutes and with around 97% accuracy. Festival patrons download an app and a QR code day pass is issued to their phone to gain access to the festival site. Although there is privacy built-in for the user the app is designed to plug straight into the HSE’s reporting system. What we are looking at here is the future of Live events in the era of Covid-19. This is the first time this technology has been demonstrated in Ireland.”

Wild Roots is a boutique festival that is due to take place 13th to the 15th of August a lineup that features Kaiser Chiefs, Damien Dempsey, King Kong Company, Jenny Greene and Tolü Makay.


The festival’s Wild West Village a largescale immersive art installation of a Western-style town is currently under construction and during the site tour, a number of bands played on the festival’s “Wild Roots Stage” including Soda Blonde, JyellowL and ROE.