Ireland’s First Music Festival in 16 Months Announced For Next Month

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The country’s first music festival in 16 months will take place next month.

Hosted by IMMA at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Saturday, July 3, the so-called pilot festival event will feature performances by Gavin James, Denise Chaila, Lyra, Sharon Shannon, Wild Youth and Wyvern Lingo.

MCed by the 2 Johnnies, the 3,500-capacity event will be laid out in pods of six in order to maintain social distancing. Rapid antigen testing will also be a requirement of entry to the event.

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.”

Tickets are priced at €39.50 and go on sale this Friday, 25th June at 9am.

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