The following is a copy of an email passed on to me by a local resident. This is the first I have heard of this and I have no further information beyond the contents of the email.
As part of the government sponsored Live Performance Support Scheme, we are planning to run a small number of shows in Pearse Stadium in Salthill from Wednesday August 25th to Sunday August 29th.
Artists currently pencilled in to perform include Mary Coughlan (25th), Christy Moore (26th), TBC (28th), The Stunning (29th) plus comedians Ardal O Hanson and Deirdre O Kane (27th).
Due to current Covid restrictions our capacity is currently capped at 500. We have applied to the Dept of Arts and Culture to potentially get this figure up to 1,000 (including all staff) but we have had no indication at this stage if this figure will be granted.
Patrons will be socially distanced in the main stand in pods of 4 or 6.
Pearse Doherty who is vastly experienced in running all the major festivals the length and breadth of Ireland will be the event co-ordinator.
The gigs will all take place strictly in keeping with current Covid guidelines. A click and collect bar system only will be in operation for the event and will be closed at 10pm nightly.
All shows will be finished at 10.30 to minimise any disruption.
Due to the very small numbers of patrons allowed to attend these events we do not envisage any significant disruptions in the area. All tickets will be sold in pods which should further reduce any potential traffic issues and all pods will be required to arrive together to gain admittance.
The Roisin Dubh have promoted and ran the vast majority of shows in Galway for the last 15 years including the GIAF Big Top, the Galway Comedy Festival, many many shows in Leisureland, Seapoint, The Black Box etc.
These Pearse Stadium shows would not be viable without the assistance of the Dept of Arts and Culture and we would ask you all to support this venture, which is helping to get artists and support staff back to work after an incredibly difficult 18 months for our industry.
Apologies for the short notice but it is beyond difficult to plan anything with any degree of certainty in the current environment.
If you have any queries or concerns that we can address please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call our office on 091-585762.
Simon Heaslip – Roisin Dub