Jack Quann
Jack Quann

06.54 10 Jun 2021


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The first concert with a live audience since the start of the pandemic is taking place in Dublin later.

Some 500 people will listen to James Vincent McMorrow and Sorcha Richardson perform at the sold-out event in the Iveagh Gardens from 7.00pm.

The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

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The concert is the first of many pilot events to take place outdoors this summer, making it the first live music concert after nearly 15 months.

It is being organised by the National Concert Hall.

NCH chief executive Robert Read told Newstalk this is an historic occasion.

"The event itself is the first pilot event, which is the first live music performance for 15 months.

"So it's a very, very historic occasion.

"Because this is a pilot performance, we've been very limited in our capacities.

"We've sold something in the order of 500 tickets - that is to ensure that we can maintain very, very high standards of public health and safety measures."

He outlined some of the precautions being taken.

"We are having staggered entry and departure times, we've got a lot of our front-of-house team on site to ensure that people are observing physical distancing on site.

"We have pods marked out on the lawn - there's about 150 to 180 of those - so that people can be retained within a small perimeter."

How will it work?

The NCH is asking people who maybe suffering with any symptoms of COVID-19 to not attend the event, and refunds will be available for ticketholders who are unable to attend for this reason.

The all-standing concert will see people placed in a pod with those they bought tickets with.

This pod will not allow for social distancing within it, but will be socially distanced from all pods around it.

Concert-goers are requested to wear masks at all times other than when they are in their pods.

A contact name and number will also be required from all ticketholders to assist with contact tracing in the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19.

PCR/antigen testing is not a requirement for this event, but those attending must have their smartphone switched on and the HSE COVID App installed to further facilitate contact tracing.

All ticketholders will be required to follow current safe-distancing guidelines of two metres, while socially distanced queuing systems will be in place at the point of entry, ticket scanning and for services and facilities on site.

James Vincent McMorrow is a platinum selling singer-songwriter from Dublin.

Having signed to Columbia Records, 2020 has seen him release three singles - while his forthcoming album 'Grapefruit Season' will be released on July 16th.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly had said at the end of April that planning for larger events, such as live music, was underway.

He told The Hard Shoulder: "We want to find ways of opening up as quickly as possible, and obviously outdoor is much easier than indoor.

"The indoor live music situation, particularly the smaller venues, is difficult - they do become super-spreader events.

"What I want to see, and what Government wants to see, is how can we have as much and ideally as many and as varied and as big outdoor events as possible.

"But we've got to do it safely - so the planning starts on that in the coming weeks."

Main image by Free-Photos from Pixabay 

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