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Sold out Fans attending pilot music festival told 'don't be nervous', as Gardaí tweet instructions

The 3,500 sold-out show will see rapid testing and one-metre social distancing taking place at the venue

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Gavin James headlines this weekend's big event

Gavin James headlines this weekend's big event

Gavin James headlines this weekend's big event

Fans attending the pilot music festival in Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham this weekend have been told “don't be ‘nervous’” by gardai. 

The force issued a tweet this afternoon offering tips and advice ahead of the much-anticipated gig which is headlined by Gavin James.

The 3,500 sold-out show will see rapid testing and one-metre social distancing taking place at the venue on Saturday.

Lyra, Wild Youth, Sharon Shannon and Wyvern Lingo will also perform full sets in what will be Ireland's first music festival in over 15 months. The show will be hosted by comedy duo The 2 Johnnies.

The event is one in a series of pilot events provided by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media that is also is designed to test the logistics of running events safely while Covid is still circulating in our communities.

It sold out immediately when tickets, which were sold in pods of a maximum six people, went on sale.

Gardai issued a few “simple instructions” to be ready for the day including not to attend prior to 3pm as early queuing is not permitted.

All attendees will require a negative rapid antigen test that will be provided free of charge to all ticket holders.

“Remember to wear a mask when entering and exiting the grounds, as well as when not in your social distancing pod and please observe social distancing measures at all times” the advice adds.

Alcohol is not permitted although as Gavin James tweeted: “Hard to believe I get to play a show next week. It’s been a long 15 months of no gigs so myself, the crews, all of the other artists, and everyone involved in this are over the moon to get to go back to work!

Also ... there’s gonna be beer.”

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