Gavin James and Denise Chaila headlining pilot festival today

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A PILOT MUSIC festival is scheduled to take place today at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin.

Some 3,500 people bought tickets for the concert within minutes when they went on sale last month.

Rapid antigen tests will be provided to participants prior to entry to confirm they do not have Covid-19.

Gavin James, Denise Chaila, Lyra, Sharon Shannon, Wyvern Lingo and Wild Youth are scheduled to perform. Irish podcast duo The Two Johnnies will host the concert, which is set to start at 3:30 p.m.

The event will take place on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and is the first Irish music festival to take place in 16 months.

Spectators will be in pods of four or six and social distancing of one meter will apply.

Announcing the details of the concert last month, Arts Minister Catherine Martin said: “The purpose of these events is to build to return to the safe and complete resumption of live music and sporting events and to build trust. in orientation and event management protocols. developed for the sector.

The Minister said she was determined to see live music and the arts recover and reopen and that this pilot event is a step in the right direction.

About 500 healthcare workers and their friends received a earmarked allowance of tickets as a special thank you for their work during the pandemic, Martin said.

Many annual Irish festivals have been canceled this year due to the pandemic.

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Electric Picnic organizers announced last month that they still plan to host the festival – but the dates have been pushed back to September 24-26.

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