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Pubs, nightclubs and cafes to be given up to €10,000 to host entertainment at 'off-peak' times
The Night-Time Economy Support Scheme (NTESS) has been established to support off-peak entertainment.
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# He's back
Garth Brooks due in Dublin on Monday as two Croke Park concerts announced for 2022
Brooks famously cancelled five planned shows at Croke Park in 2014.
Opinion: Today's announcement was a shambles - the live events sector is now on its knees
Concert promoter Shane Dunne reacts to the latest government announcement on the live events sector.
# Kilmainham
Pilot music festival gets go ahead to serve alcohol
Gavin James will headline the outdoor gigs at Royal Hospital Kilmainham early next month.
# outdoor summer
Antigen tests on lineup as government announces details of pilot festival at Royal Hospital in Dublin
The festival will take place on 3 July, with a capacity of 3,500.
# Live Music
Minister defends live performance ban for pubs and restaurants but musicians criticise 'sledgehammer approach'
Live music will not be permitted at food and beverage facilities under new guidance.
The chair of the Musicians' Union of Ireland has described the latest guidance as "outrageous", write Orla Dwyer and Christina Finn.
Government sources have indicated that the Fáilte Ireland guidelines could be modified during the summer.
Minister Catherine Martin said every restriction is guided by public health advice.
Political row after Fianna Fáil TD suggests 'decommissioning NPHET'
Outdoor tables in beer gardens and restaurants limited to six adults as closing time stays at 11.30pm
# Your Say
Poll: Have you bought any concert tickets for next year?
Tickets for the festival Longitude scheduled to take place in July 2021 have already almost fully sold out.
# mass gatherings
Public will not be refunded if concerts in 2021 are rescheduled, Varadkar warns
The Tánaiste said it may be “some time yet” before mass gatherings are allowed.
# gigs
Ticketmaster to remove exclusivity clauses from contracts with venues after agreement with regulator
Ticketmaster denied breaching competition law arising from the CCPC’s investigation but has agreed to a number of measures.
# ban on booze
Ban on alcohol at gigs under consideration in a bid to allow music events resume
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and Minister for Arts Catherine Martin are meeting artists today.
# drumroll please
Music venues take cautiously optimistic approach as live gigs return with social distancing
As music venues slowly begin to host live gigs again, they face a series of financial and logistical challenges.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you go to a socially-distanced concert?
Images of a socially-distanced concert in England were widely shared during the week.
# Coronavirus
US Ticketmaster changes refund policy for rescheduled events - but Ireland hasn't followed suit
Refunds are no longer allowed for rescheduled gigs in the USA.
# gigs
Extra trains running this weekend for Bon Jovi and Noel Gallagher concerts
Additional security and Garda resources will be in operation on Irish Rail trains over the weekend.
# concert tickets
Fast-tracked: Ticket touting law to ban above-face-value resales to come before the Dáil next week
The proposed legislation would ban the above-face-value resale of tickets for sporting and entertainment events.
# gig guide
7 gigs on throughout January that you can still get tickets for
Looking to escape the January blues?
# concert tickets
Ticket touting: New law to ban above-face value resales approved by Cabinet
It would also prohibit the use of bot software to purchase tickets.
# live in concert
'It was literally a dump': The stories behind 3 of Ireland's unlikeliest music venues
A quarry, a church, and a barbershop? Yep, some of the best places to catch live music around the country.
# Let's Get It Sheer-on
Ed Sheeran's Dublin gigs kick off tonight - here's what you need to know
It’s Ed time.
# big gig
Aiken Promotions will apply for Croke Park gig to take place on 17 May
It would join two Taylor Swift gigs on 15 and 16 June and Michael Bublé on 7 July.
# Kids Today
An actual child played a sold out gig in Vicar Street last night and he will make you feel 100 years old
Meet Jacob Sartorius – tween heartthrob and Justin Bieber wannabe.
# Drake
Drake's 3Arena gig got its very own, very hyper, Snapchat story
# Touting
The consumer watchdog will probe 'suspected anti-competitive conduct' in the ticket industry
The CCPC has launched a full investigation into the sector.
# sponsored by NTA
8 great ways to get some culture in Dublin this week
Whether you’re here year-round or just up for a few days, there’s always something to do.
# Jammin For Jarrah
32 gigs in 32 counties: Dad sets out to raise money for son's cerebral palsy equipment
Jarrah Folkman was born with several disabilities, and his needs are becoming more pronounced as he gets older.
# festival season
South Dublin residents complain about concert-goers 'urinating at will all over the place'
A number of objections to alcohol sales at Dublin summer concerts were rejected.
# nightmare gig
Dozens of fans at the infamous Swedish House Mafia gig are suing for damages
A number of fans were attacked and stabbed at the 2012 concert.
Singer Grimes got 'electrocuted' on stage in Dublin's Olympia Theatre last night
# too late to say sorry
There was mayhem in Ireland this morning over Justin Bieber tickets
The Beliebers were out in force.
# sponsored
"Curb your expectations and just run with it" - Joseph Panama from Overhead, The Albatross on Irish festivals
We chatted to the bassist from the six-piece, who you can catch at festivals all summer.
# live and kicking
Your handy one-stop Irish gig guide for August
All the gigs going on around the country this month.
# selfies
It's going to be difficult to get a picture with Ed Sheeran this weekend
Selfie sticks have been banned from his two Croke Park concerts.
# Dilemma
The Burning Question: Is it ok to wear the t-shirt of the band you're going to see?
Let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# all's not lost
Here's some happy news if you had tickets for the cancelled Killarney Festival
A host of acts that were scheduled to perform are going to go ahead and play anyway.
Here's how we're going to avoid another Garth Brooks 'fiasco'
New rules are going to take effect from October.
# festival season
8 of the absolute worst things about summer gig season in Ireland
The actual worst.
# Your shout
Open thread: What's the best gig you've ever seen in Ireland?
The people need to know…
# quirktastic
7 of Ireland's most weird and wonderful festivals
Proof that really IS something for everyone.
# new music
"A girl told me mid-song that I was ruining her night" - quickfire Q&A with Tandem Felix
David Tapley chats to us about his best gig experience, writing songs and pyjamas.
# that's edication
Here's what the panic for Ed Sheeran tickets was like around Ireland
Some fans have been queuing since 7am YESTERDAY.