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Inside James Vincent McMorrow’s gig at Iveagh Gardens – Ireland’s first live concert since lockdown

500 fans attended the socially-distant gig

James Vincent McMorrow played a gig at the Iveagh Gardens on Thursday night, Ireland’s first live concert since the music industry shut down last March.

The concert was the first of a number of pilot gigs announced by Arts Minister Catherine Martin, to help bring back live performances in Ireland.

The show kicked off on Thursday at 7pm with opening act Sorcha Richardson, and it was also live-streamed on YouTube for fans who missed out on tickets.

James channelled everyone’s emotions on the night, when he said: “I didn’t realise how much I needed this until it gets taken away…”

Opening act Sorcha also added: “This is like a sign of hope that we’re getting there.”

The 500 people who attended the gig were split up into separate “pods”, which were evenly spaced out from each other.

Guests had to wear masks at all times unless they were in their “pod”, and the event had a strict “no alcohol allowed” policy.

Attendees were banned from bringing any furniture like camping chairs, and were asked to obey social distancing rules and to keep sanitising their hands.

Although it was certainly a different concert experience, attendees thoroughly enjoyed the event, and took to Twitter to praise how well it was organised.

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