At the Leisure & Development Committee last night Councillors voted to host Atlantic Sessions at Flowerfield Arts Centre as a ticketed concert in mid-November.
In recent years Northern Ireland’s finest musicians performed live in coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, music venues and bars across the Borough, however, due to complexities with regard to live music in venues and the fact that Council does not have full control, of how the event takes place in these venues dictates that for 2021 this format should be avoided.
Along with local talent, the event will also see the Naturally North Coast Market and Taste Causeway food producers.
Councillors heard how the event will hold between 800 and 1000 people.
Mitigations at the event may include but not limited to :
• Social Distancing (maintaining spectators within bubbles).
• Ticketed events which are pre-booked.
• Contact Tracing.
• Enhanced COVID stewarding / marshals.
• Queueing systems.
• More time - limited-duration events.
• Restricted numbers of spectators at events at any one time.
• COVID-safe programming eg. avoiding close contact programming.
• Enhanced cleansing and sanitisation.
The final decision will be ratified at a full council meeting at the start of next month.
Further details on each event will be published in due course.