At last, some more good news for Kilkenny musicians.
While we’ve already been able to get to gigs at the likes of the outdoor Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre and this week at the Set Courtyard at Langton’s, gigs for bands and DJs are opening up to outdoor bars and restaurants.
Earlier this week it had been confirmed that up to 200 people can attend organised outdoor events and gatherings (not just the likes of sporting events). A statement released by the government on Friday morning noted in particular that “the guidelines have also been updated to allow for live music and other performances outdoors in hospitality settings, subject to all of the relevant public health guidance.”
Read: Failte Ireland’s guidelines on outdoor events for hospitality settings
- Live music and performances are permitted in outdoor hospitality settings, subject to adherence with all relevant COVID-19 guidance. Please note that the performance area must be a minimum of 2 metres* from the customers. Further guidance on the safe presentation of music and other performances can be found at HERE.
- Multiple tables can be booked in an outdoor area.
- Intermingling between tables is not permitted.
- Premises must be clear of all customers by 11.30pm.
The maximum capacity will depend on the venue size and there will be some restrictions to venues as well, in particular those planning on running gigs in a marquee. If that is the case, the marquee can’t have more than 50% of its size covered over or it would be deemed an indoor gig.
Weddings are still being limited to a capacity of 100 people as they fall under separate guidelines but expect to start hearing a lot more in the next week about outdoor gigs springing back up in and around Kilkenny.
Anyone for some live music in Kytelers or Billy Byrnes?