Ireland's first major music festival in nearly 16 months has been granted a liquor licence after a judge was given a detailed account of organisers’ measures to prevent spread of Covid-19 at the event.
The outdoor gig is due to take place at Royal Hospital Kilmainham, on Saturday, July 3rd next.
It is a pilot music festival that is part of reopening of live entertainment by Government. The event is organised by promoters MCD in association with the Department of Culture and Arts, the Office of Public Works, and Dublin City Council.
MCD applied to Dublin District Court on Wednesday for an occasional licence to serve alcohol at the over-18s event which 3,500 people will be allowed to attend.
The event on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art is expected to feature a line-up including Gavin James, Lyra, Denise Chaila, Sharon Shannon, Wyvern Lingo and Wild Youth, each performing full sets.
Dorothy Collins BL, instructed by solicitor Ursula Courtney, for MCD, told Judge Marie Quirke the one-day event which will run from 2pm to 10pm, and organisers will have a range of precautionary measures in place.
Detailed evidence of the planning of the festival was given by Covid compliance officer Margaret Connolly, event controller Eamonn Fox and Ashlee Dickinson who will be in charge of the bars, about the precautionary measures in place
They outlined how the event would be run in accordance with government guidelines and will encourage social distancing.
Rapid antigen testing of ticket holders will take place at a nearby location, and all staff will be tested as well that day. Once they are negative, they can enter the venue.
There will be two entrances, and signage telling them to wear masks, and hand sanitiser will be available at the bars and toilets.
Tickets will be sold in pods of four or six people.
Staff have undergone training to monitor the crowd and an isolation area will be set up; if anyone displays coronavirus symptoms, they will be given medical attention or sent home.
There will be up to 3,500 ticket holders on site while prior to the pandemic the capacity at the venue was 23,000 people.
The promoters have asked people not to attend if they have covid symptoms; if people are ill, their tickets are fully refundable. Organisers have co-operated with gardaí and the fire officer in the planning, the court heard.
The area will be split into four sections, each with their own bars and toilet areas.
Event organisers and gardaí will liaise with local residents and will send them a newsletter detailing the arrangements. Security inside the venue has been doubled.
Concert goers will get an information booklet with the rules to ensure “total clarity”, Judge Quirke noted.