Gavin James and Denise Chaila are among the line-up for a 3,500 capacity show with rapid testing and one-metre social distancing taking place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin on July 3.

Organisers say that rapid antigen testing will be a requirement of entry to the event.

Lyra, Wild Youth, Sharon Shannon and Wyvern Lingo will also perform full sets in what will be Ireland's first music festival in over 15 months. The show will be hosted by comedy duo The 2 Johnnies.

Tickets priced €39.50 (subject to a Ticketmaster service charge) go on sale this Friday, June 25 at 9am. They can be bought in pods of 4 or 6 persons. Over 18s only.

Speaking about today's announcement Minister for Tourism, Sports, Arts, Culture and Media Catherine Martin said: "These pilot events are critical on the road to reopening live entertainment and will help the Government to plan for the safe management of events whilst Covid is still circulating in our communities and build confidence in the guidance and event management protocols developed to keep everyone safe".

"To that end, social distancing will be reduced to one metre; and I am now also introducing rapid testing for concert goers and staff.

"The purpose of these events is to build the road back to the safe and full recovery of live performances and sporting events and establish confidence in the guidance and event management protocols developed for the sector. The use of antigen tests is to help consider the logistics of them as a means of gaining entry to live events as the sector reopens."

Gavin James: "I'm doing this performance as I believe it’s a step forward for the live music industry"

Gavin James, who is "over the moon" to play live again said: "I'm so happy to have been asked to perform at this gig and to be sharing the stage with all of these amazing artists.

"All of the musicians & all of the crews and every single person that are making this show possible are extremely excited to be getting back to doing what they love.

"I’m doing this performance as I believe it’s a step forward for the live music industry in Ireland and it’s great to see the Government's introduction of testing at the concert. I hope after these pilot shows, a very clear road map for a return of full capacity live shows and events will be given."

The pilot gig is thought to have been originally scheduled to take place in the Phoenix Park but was switched to the Kilmainham venue due to "logistical problems".

Today's announcement follows James Vincent McMorrow's recent show at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin.

Christy Moore was recently announced as the headliner at a Covid pilot concert in the INEC in Co Kerry this Saturday, June 26.

This year's Longitude festival in Marlay Park and Forbidden Fruit Festival, which usually takes place at the Royal Hospital in Kilmmainham, have been cancelled, while organisers are hopeful that Electric Picnic can still take place after they pushed the event forward by three weeks.