Last night’s music festival in Kilmainham saw 3,500 people gather in a large field for the first time in 15 months since the pandemic began.
The festival, which was held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, was headlined by Gavin James with featured sets from Lyra, Denise Chaila, Sharron Shannon, Wild Youth and Wyvern Lingo along with The 2 Johnnies.
The attendance at this festival was a significant increase when compared to the low-key pilot gig by James Vincent McMorrow which took place in front of 500 people at Iveagh Gardens in June.
Attendees at the Kilmainham gig were subject to a number of health measures before gaining access to the event, such as antigen testing. They were also organised into pods of six to allow for social distancing.
Many fans stated at the event that were pleased with the organisation of the festival and that it ran very smoothly with no delays or long queues.
Although content with the music festival, opinions were left divided when asked about the recent delay in reopening indoor hospitality with some attendees stating, “The rationale doesn’t really make any sense in my opinion” along with, “It’s very disappointing, and I’m very angry,”.
However, some attendees expressed opposing feelings towards the delay, “I think a bit of a delay for the long term is worth it. I can see the logic, so I’m not going to give the Government a hard time about it.”