Denis Desmond, managing director of MCD Productions, has spoken about live events in Ireland in the coming months, saying "we have to save at least part of our summer this year... we can't have a second summer with nothing."

Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland on Tuesday, the MCD executive spoke about the decision to cancel Longitude due to Covid-19 restrictions.

He said the decision to cancel the festival, which was due to be headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, The Creator, and Megan Thee Stallion, was made about a week ago, and said it was very disappointing that this was the second year that the festival has had to be cancelled.

Desmond said the EU is about five weeks behind the UK, and he would hope that Ireland would be in a position to hold some test events mid June, in the hope that full capacity events could be held in late July/early August.

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He said this should include all events - such as sports and the ploughing championship.

Desmond said his target would be to go ahead with sold-out Westlife gigs in August at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and to see the All Ireland final take place with "full capacity" at Croke Park.

Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic whose company hosted the Liverpool Sefton Park gig, says that test event has shown that it feels relatively safe to host such events, where everybody is tested.

He said there was a phenomenal appetite among the public who wanted to attend.

He explained that everyone who attended the event was tested at an approved NHS test centre to prove they were Covid free before going to the stadium and attending the event.

Spectators were then tested five days later.

Benn said that he can "see no reason" why Electric Picnic should not go ahead in its normal capacity later this year.

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