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Mundy, Tolu Makay, Mark Redmond and Alibhe Reddy, during the announcement of plans for TradFest 2021 in Temple Bar

Mundy, Tolu Makay, Mark Redmond and Alibhe Reddy, during the announcement of plans for TradFest 2021 in Temple Bar

Mundy, Tolu Makay, Mark Redmond and Alibhe Reddy, during the announcement of plans for TradFest 2021 in Temple Bar

Indoor gigs could take place again next spring, thanks to the use of an innovative Covid-busting air filtration system.

TradFest 2021 has been reimagined and will now run from the end of this month until next summer, kicking off with an RTÉ show, Ireland In Music, on December 29.

From January 27, five nights of streamed concerts will take place from Dublin Castle featuring musicians like Mundy, Eleanor McEvoy and Dónal Lunny.

However, organisers are hoping to stage the first indoor 'Covid-safe concerts' as early as April in venues including St Patrick's Cathedral.

It is believed this can be achieved by bringing in air-filtration systems made by Irish company Novaerus.

Using plasma technology, the company says its bespoke units will kill and deactivate not only the Covid-19 virus, but all airborne viruses.

Fifty concerts have been planned for 50 audience members and running over five days across some iconic Dublin venues, provided Ireland is at Level 2 restrictions.

Safest

Martin Harte, TradFest CEO, said the new units will provide decontaminated air so they will have "the safest spaces for audiences".

He said these systems have been approved by Professor Jack Lambert, a consultant in infectious diseases at the Mater Hospital.

"We realise it's not going to be in the same mass numbers as it once was. It will probably be summer of 2021 when we start to deliver safe sessions back in the pubs in Temple Bar with quality artists. You're looking at about six months' time," he said.

Some 'Safe Summer Sessions' are also planned as part of TradFest, with venues in Dublin's Cultural Quarter hoping to lay on live music again.

Launched yesterday by Arts Minister Catherine Martin, she said she would do her "level best" to ensure there will be live music next year.

"This year has been way too silent," she said. "I'm determined live music will come back; it's my goal to make sure we get to hear live music and musicians earn a living again."

Ms Martin is a former secondary school teacher of music and English.


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