A pilot music festival will take place in Dublin

A pilot music festival will take place today in Dublin as part of efforts to test the safe return of major events, where antigen testing will be used to enter.

More than 3,500 people will be allowed into the grounds of Royal Hospital Kilmainham, in groups of no more than six for the event, which is being hosted by the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

It will feature Irish artists Gavin James, Denise Chaila, Wild Youth, Sharon Shannon, Lyra and Wyvern Lingo, playing full sets for eight hours.

The festival is the fourth in a series of pilot events supported by the Department of Tourism, Arts and Culture to bring live music back to Irish audiences, and is the first trial in which antigen testing will be required for entry.

A negative test result will be mandatory for all participants, even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

These tests will be performed by health specialists at a dedicated Collins Barracks site prior to the event, which people were scheduled to attend between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. yesterday or 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today. Doors open at 3 p.m.

Information on how to book antigen testing was passed on to all ticket holders after purchasing their tickets.

If a client receives a positive antigen test result, they will be offered a free PCR test and advised to go home and self-isolate while awaiting the results of that test.

If a ticket holder receives a positive antigen test result, they will not be able to attend and will be entitled to a full refund of the ticket from the place of purchase.

The over-18 event will also see customers required to maintain a social distancing of at least two meters and wear a face covering when moving outside of their paid pods.

A one-way system will operate and all participants will need to have their smartphones turned on and the Covid tracking app installed to facilitate contact tracing.

Bars will also be open to serve alcohol from 5:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

People have been urged to allow an extra hour when planning their trip, due to the additional measures of Covid-19.

It comes as vaccine rollout needs to be accelerated for younger people, with pharmacies starting to administer the Janssen vaccine from Monday for 18-34 year olds who have opted out.

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