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# Live Music

This year
International bands second-guessing Irish shows due to spiralling costs of performing here
A report by
Emer Moreau
Industry insiders say promoters are becoming more risk-averse with shows which may make a significant loss.
The Sultans of Ping: 'It was a crazy sight to behold - every gig was exciting'
Paul McDermott traces the musical journey of Cork band The Sultans of Ping.
All time
'When were you last in a nightclub, Taoiseach?': Calls for clarity on new rules as talks resume
Tourism Minister Catherine Martin says a solution will be found in the next 24 hours.
It was confirmed yesterday that nightclubs will be allowed to reopen as planned this Friday, 22 October.
However, sectoral guidance is still being developed for the industry.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he accepts that the sector "need clarity".
At a glance: What are the new reopening plans?
Taoiseach: Nightclubs and late bars can open from Friday but with Covid certs in place
'People are dying to dance': Entertainment industry gears up as restrictions on live music ease
Those working in the sector have said the full return to work will not happen instantly.
Those working in the sector have already seen an increase in demand since the government announcement, Michelle Hennessy reports.
The industry has said the PUP should continue to be available for workers in the industry until they can return to full employment.
Travel rules for US tourists to Ireland unchanged despite EU decision to remove from safe list
WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named 'Mu'
Poll: What are you most looking forward to once all Covid-19 restrictions are lifted?
The final restrictions are due to be eased in the next two months.
Taoiseach and Tánaiste to meet live event reps next week as pressure mounts to reopen entertainment sector
Government has said it will follow through with its commitments to provide a comprehensive plan for the sector.
Donnelly says all restrictions should be gone by Christmas, Holohan says he hopes 'much sooner'
Cabinet will meet next week to sign off on a reopening plan.
Nialler9: The live events industry remains in lockdown, while the government now lobbies itself
DJ and music writer Niall Byrne (Nialler9) says the music industry has been treated as an afterthought by Government.
Seven in 10 people think live outdoor music events should go ahead this year
Younger people are more likely to think concerts should be allowed to take place in 2021.
The majority of people think live music events should go ahead this year, according to a new opinion poll
Three in 10 people disagree, citing concerns about Covid-19
Younger people are more likely to think concerts should take place, Órla Ryan writes
Live music allowed in outdoor settings under updated hospitality guidelines
Events and hospitality reps welcome new guidelines, but question Government communication
“We were told that there would be no further restrictions lifted until September.”
Electric Picnic organisers and nightlife group call for reopening plans for sector
Laois County Council decided not to grant a licence for the festival yesterday.
Laois County Council yesterday refused to grant a licence to Electric Picnic.
Organisers of the festival say ticket-holders will be contacted over the next week.
Give Us the Night group wrote to government members calling for non-socially distanced trial events next month.
First major music festival since the pandemic began kicks off in the UK
40,000 people are in attendance this weekend.
Musicians call for clear plan to reopen live entertainment industry
Up to 100 demonstrators took part in a protest in Dublin calling for a commitment from the government to reopen the sector.
Electric Picnic creators awarded nearly half a million euro for live summer events
Music, theatre and spoken-word events – plus a musical at Tayto Park – are receiving funding through live performance scheme.
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
€6 million worth of support packages for live performance and music industry announced
Minister Catherine Martin announced the measures this evening.
'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.
"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.
Two Irish guys have invented a Shazam-style app for live music
Ever seen a band at a festival and forgotten their name? This will help.
Open thread: What's the best gig you've ever seen in Ireland?
The people need to know…
The Pav is back! And it's got a new name...
…It’s ‘The Pav’.
Open thread: What are your favourite memories from Ireland's best venues?
Whelans, the Set Theatre, the Roisín Dubh, and the Pavilion are among the venues battling it out for an IMRO award – and you can help pick the winner.
These videos make 2fm's Beat on the Street look like the most fun ever
Can’t we go back to those halcyon days?
Arcade Fire will be playing Marlay Park next year
They’ll be joined by the Pixies. Excited yet?
6 things that are better later
We’re up all night to get lucky.
Who are Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and how are they selling out two nights at the O2?
Lads, they have a song called Irish Celebration.
PHOTOS: thousands attend London's annual tattoo convention
Miami Ink and NYC Ink star Ami James is the weekend’s star attraction.