Local musicians and industry professionals are calling on the Government to immediately begin the reopening of the live events sector following comments from the Chief Medical Officer.
In the midlands, Laois County Council is under pressure to reverse its decision to turn down a licence for Electric Picnic
The festival, which was due to be held in Stradbally at the end of this month, was refused a licence based on public health advice.
However, remarks from the Chief Medical Officer, who said there would be no major public health concerns for large outdoor events to go ahead, have led to calls for the decision to be reversed.
A Longford musician is now calling on NPHET and the CMO to demonstrate their trust in vaccines and allow the live event industry to reopen.
Sean Hughes, who performs with local band NEON, says it's incredibly frustrating to hear the government talk of vaccine booster shots when the event industry isn't even opened to the fully vaccinated:
LISTEN: Mary Claire Greally speaks to Shaun Hughes from NEON about the Industry at present and how bands are feeling the effect: