Music Events Cancelled Due to Level 3 Restrictions
Following the announcement by the government last night (5 October) that Ireland is moving to Level 3 restrictions, all indoor concerts with an audience have been cancelled for three weeks from midnight tonight. The Level 3 guidelines, which were published in September, state that no indoor events should take place and that only 15 people may attend outdoor events. The restrictions will remain in place until midnight on 27 October when they will be reviewed by government.
This means that Music Network’s Cello Quartet tour, which was set to begin this weekend, has been postponed, as have the Studio Sessions traditional music concerts at Glór in Ennis, Musici Ireland’s concert in Wexford and the upcoming concerts at Róísín Dubh in Galway. It also means that Irish National Opera’s production of Brian Irvine and Netia Jones’ Least Like the Other, which could not take place in September at the Dublin Theatre Festival but was planned for this October, will be rescheduled again.
There is still a range of online events taking place this month. Ireland Music Week, which showcases emerging Irish indie, rock, hip hop and pop acts, is taking place online (6–9 October) and features artists such as Denise Chaila, CMAT and Fia Moon; Wexford Festival Opera is online between 11 and 18 October; the Belfast International Arts Festival is primarily online from 12 October to 1 November; Music for Galway’s John O’Conor concert will be streamed online on 15 October; Harp Ireland’s National Harp Day will feature online events on Saturday 17 October; the National Concert Hall will stream a live concert by Junior Brother and Ian Lynch (Lankum) on 20 October; Irish National Opera will stream concerts by Paula Murrihy, Sharon Carty and Tara Erraught on 24 October, 31 October and 15 November respectively; the City of Derry International Choral Festival will take place online on 21–25 October; and the Achill International Harp Festival will take place online on 23–25 October. The Dublin Theatre Festival also has online events including Anu’s The Party to End All Parties.