Tickets go on sale this morning (Thursday) for Ireland’s first pilot event that will see 500 people attend an outdoor concert at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin next week.

The all-standing gig on June 10, headlined by Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow, will allow for hundreds of ticket-holders to attend in pods of four people.

Tickets for this first in a series of sanctioned concerts and sporting fixtures that will welcome the return of spectators are to go on sale via the National Concert Hall’s website at 10am today.

While rapid-antigen testing is not a requirement to attend the Iveagh Gardens event, all ticket-holders have been warned not to attend if anyone from their pod experiences COVID-19 symptoms 14 days prior. All those who may be considered vulnerable or ‘at risk’ are strongly advised to seek medical advice before purchasing a ticket.

A contact number and name will need to be provided by all ticket-holders to help with contact tracing if there is a COVID case detected.

Culture Minister Catherine Martin said: “It has been a long and difficult 15 months for so many musicians, artists, athletes, venue operators, crew and audiences.

“We are reopening our stages, concerts, sports, our country. We are back to doing what we love, what makes us Irish, connecting with people as we move together towards the recovery.”

The eight test live events also include an indoor opera at University Limerick Concert Hall with up to 519 audience members, and an outdoor music festival that is due to be performed for up to 3,500 spectators at Phoenix Park in Dublin on June 26.

The Government has also sanctioned 15 sporting events, including Gaelic games, rugby, football, golf and athletics, between June 11 and July 10.

In addition to the trial events, the Government has also announced that from June 7 numbers permitted at organised outdoor events can increase to a maximum of 100 for the majority of venues, with a maximum of 200 for outdoor stadia/venues where there is a minimum capacity of 5,000. Theatres and cinemas can reopen from this date.

The Government roadmap also indicates that subject to maintaining progress with the virus, from July 5 the numbers permitted at outdoor organised events can further increase to a maximum of 200 for the majority of venues, with a maximum of 500 for outdoor venues with a capacity of 5,000.

“Further increases in the numbers permitted at both indoor and outdoor events will be considered in August,” the Culture Ministry said.

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