The Chief Executive of the National Concert Hall has said it is likely that concert-goers attending next week's event at the Iveagh Gardens will be given antigen tests for Covid-19 before entry.

The outdoor event on 10 June, which will be headlined by James Vincent McMorrow, will be all-standing, with pods marked out to ensure social distancing.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Robert Read said he is honoured to be able to present this "extraordinary concert" and lead the cultural sector and connect audiences with artists again.

He said the aim is to learn from the test concert to help to facilitate the return of live audiences to indoor events at the National Concert Hall.

Mr Read said antigen tests have been used to test musicians, artists and crew attending livestream events at the National Concert Hall in recent months.

Plans to re-test concert goers five days after the event have yet to be decided upon, he said.

Tickets for the Iveagh Garden event will go on sale at 10am on Thursday, with a maximum capacity of 500.

The NCH also plans to stream the concert, either live or after the event.


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A music festival is also set to take place in the Phoenix Park on 26 June where between 3,500 to 5,000 people might be able to attend.

The concerts are part of the test entertainment events being organised by the Department of Arts, Tourism, Culture and Arts.

During June and July, there are also concerts planned at the INEC in Killarney, the Róisín Dubh in Galway, the Cork Opera House, along with a comedy event in Vicar Street.