IT'S FINALLY happening.
Music fans in Ireland have been without live events for well over a year now thanks to the ongoing pandemic, but it seems there's finally light at the end of the tunnel with the announcement of a socially-distanced festival to take place in Kildare this summer.
After months of Facebook Live concerts or re-watching old clips on Youtube, music lovers across the country will finally be able to return to the real thing-- and while it will be a little different, it is the hope of a return to normality that all of us have been craving.
The 'At The Manor' festival will take place on the grounds of the Palmerstown House Estate in Johnstown, Kildare on the August bank holiday weekend, from Friday to Monday, and will "celebrate the return of music & culture to outdoor spaces in Ireland".
Groups of between 4 - 6 people can attend, and will be given a reserved picnic table in order to enjoy the festival safely within their pod, with food, drinks, entertainment and-- of course-- music acts set to bring the industry back with a bang.
Some of Ireland's best up-and-coming acts have already been announced for the festival, including 90s cover band Smash Hits, Celtic rock band Na Fianna and swing band The Swing Cats, and there are plenty more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Prices for the eagerly awaited festival range from between €120 to €240 per table, depending on the number of people and how close the group want to be to the stage, coming out at around €35 per person.
You can buy your tickets and keep updated about the acts set to perform by checking out the At The Manor website here.