Last night.

Convention Centre, Dublin.

EPIC, the Event Production Industry launched a visual pre-budget submission to support the 35,000 workers in the live entertainment and events sector who cannot work with an installation comprising an empty stage and 100 flight cases alongside impacted members.

Venues across Ireland were lit up red in support of the submission launch.

Last night: In The Red

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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12 thoughts on “Flight Cases

    1. Rob_G

      In the UK, they have started up concerts again – each group of 8 or 10 have their own little sectioned off area, spaced apart, with table service for drinks. Perhaps the government could legislate for gigs like that to take place (though how it would be possible for smaller venues to implement this, or even larger venues to implement and still make money, I don’t know).

    2. Micko

      A roadmap out of this mess would be great.

      Also, a huge number of people in the industry were cut down to €203 a week a couple of months back. Myself included. No idea why.

      We’ve been postponing shows since the start, we were amongst the first to close down. We cancelled a load of Paddy Days shows first – literally days before. We were onboard for safety with this thing.

      Some dates we’ve moved 2-3 times now. Some have been cancelled altogether, shows that already had a ton of money spent on design, marketing, PR, advertising, radio etc. (You get the idea)

      And we’ve no roadmap or any idea when shows will be allowed to return. Sport sees to be getting moving again, so why not gigs and shows?

      1. Clampers Outside

        If you earned over €200 you can appeal that.

        If a PAYE worker and you earned over €200 per week in first 9 weeks / 2 months of 2020
        If self-employed and you can show in either 2018 or 2019 that you earned over €10400 in either year you can request a review.
        If self employed you would have to make your returns (Form 11?) to Revenue showing those earnings for either year.

        Where to request a review… Send info to

        Ive a couple of friends going through, or been through it, and you will get the arrears if the review favours you getting the higher rate.

        1. Micko

          Thanks Clampers. Yep self employed but well over 10K in 2019

          Will let some of the others I know dropped down to 203 aware of it

          Nice one ;-)

          1. Clampers Outside

            There’s a backlog of cases, a couple of months I hear.

            But you should still submit the review request, even if you have returned to work.
            If it pays OUT in your favour, the €350/€203 difference over say ten weeks, that’s €1470. And if that pays out just before Christmas, it’d be very welcome by anyone, I’m sure :)

          2. Clampers Outside

            Hi again Micko,
            I showed this to my mate, he said I should clarify this point, as follows…

            It should be your Reckonable Earnings / Net Profit that’s €10,400+
            He said, you being self employed, you’ll know the figure on the form. Hope that clarifies it some.

  1. Dr.Fart

    surely if theres gatherings of up to 50 people indoors, that can be events? not just weddings etc., but gigs and whatnot. The Workmans are putting on spaced out gigs. You could spaced out events, the issue is the clients don’t want to put them on.

    1. Micko

      Yep, I was at a show in the Workmans last week. Solo artist, so not so bad.

      But when you have a band on stage that eats into the 50 allowed, so does staff etc

      You end up with a very reduced capacity.

      So lets say you’re a three piece band charging a €15 a ticket. And there’s 2 staff. So 45 punters allowed.

      So 15 x 45 = 675 quid

      Once the venue rental is paid, travel costs, budget for promoting the show etc… well, you can see my point.

      1. Dr.Fart

        yea absolutely. not lucartive at all. i think things need to be done from the core. so whoever is charging rent for the presmise, they need to hault rent for X amount of time. They will say they wouldbe out of pocket, but it goes to someone past them again, be it their bank or whoever, when it comes down to it, a building is just bricks on land. and if you go to the end of the money chain, there’s someone who doesnt need that paid for a few months. all rents on premises should be haulted for a time. the places that couldnt meet rent and had to close, that landlord is now making nothing off the building coz its empty, with no sign of anyone taking over the spot. obviously would never happen because of greed, but thats where the gov. should step in, but never would.

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