A Pilot Festival – Ireland’s first festival in 16 months

Live music is back! Ireland’s first music festival in almost 16 months takes place at Royal Hospital Kilmainham this July.

Information for Outdoor Pilot Festival at IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham
For more info read below and visit the Department’s website at

An all star line-up

The pilot festival, organised by IMMA & MCD productions will happen in front of a 3,500 capacity crowd on Saturday 3 July 2021. It has been confirmed that the pilot event will feature some of Ireland’s hottest artists including Gavin James, Lyra, Denise Chaila, Wild Youth, Sharon Shannon & Wyvern Lingo performing full sets. The show will also be MC’d by The 2 Johnnies, making it a fitting return to live entertainment.

The return of live music

Speaking today, Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media said: “I am delighted to announce this music festival hosted by IMMA at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the first such event in almost 16 months. The RHK is an iconic venue for live music and this marks a significant step forward towards larger gigs in the coming months, subject to the public health situation.” 

“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.”

More info & guidelines

  • To facilitate contact tracing if necessary, each attendee is to have their event ticket on their own mobile device. As the Lead booker of these tickets you are required to use the Transfer Feature in “My Account” to transfer tickets to each member of your group. This must be done by close of business on Wednesday 30 June.
  • This pilot Festival is strictly over 18s.
  • A negative rapid antigen test will be required as a means of entry to the event ( Even if you are fully vaccinated) Full Testing location information will be sent directly to all customers via email.
  • Ticket holders must attend the dedicated Antigen test centre for the event at Collins Barracks in Dublin between 4pm and 9pm on Friday July 2nd or 8am and 4pm on Saturday July 3rd where a medical professional will administer the FREE rapid antigen test.
  • In order to keep everyone safe the Government of Ireland advises customers to not attend the festival event if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 ( In this scenario, tickets will be fully refundable. Otherwise, we look forward to welcoming you the festival.
  • As this is a pilot festival personal data may be shared by event organisers with Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for research purposes.

For more information please visit HERE.

Control & safety measures

Organisers have implemented a range of control measures to ensure the protection and safety of performing artists, staff, and customers. Directed by Government guidelines, these measures include:

staggered access times, clear and visible signage, socially distanced queuing systems, readily available hygiene stations in convenient locations, enhanced cleaning regimes, easily accessible toilet facilities, the creation of socially distanced seated and standing Pods for attendees and the wearing of masks when outside your Pod.

It is critical that these measures are strictly followed by those attending this event. Such guidelines are subject to change.


How much do tickets cost for the Pilot Festival?

Tickets cost €39.50 plus booking fee.

When do tickets for the Pilot Festival go on sale?

Tickets go on sale Friday 25 June at 9am.

How many tickets can I purchase?

Tickets will be sold in Pods of either 4 or 6.

Is there an age limit on this event?

This event is over 18’s only.

Will there be social distancing at this event?

Social distancing of one metre will be in place for this event.

Will I need to wear a mask at this event?

Attendees must wear a mask when outside of their Pod.

Pilot Festival

A Pilot Festival

Royal Hospital Kilmainham, 3 July 2022

Gavin James, Lyra, Denise Chaila, Wild Youth, Sharon Shannon & Wyvern Lingo

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