Independent.ie’s Rock Against Homelessness concert — curated and headlined by Fontaines DC — in aid of Focus Ireland at the Olympia in Dublin on March 3 has sold out.
“Fontaines DC are one of the best bands on the planet and 1,500 tickets sold out in eight hours,” said the event’s organiser for the last five years, Barry Egan of the Sunday Independent.
“We have an amazing diversity of acts like The Murder Capital, Melts, Kneecap, Just Mustard, The Altered Hours, Stefan Murphy and The Mary Wallopers.”
Egan said: “The most important message is there are 10,500 people homeless in Ireland and nearly 4,000 of them are children.
“The vast majority are staying in emergency accommodation which is very damaging — especially to the children.”
Before tickets went on sale, Peter Vandermeersch, publisher of Independent.ie, said: "A news organisation like ours obviously reports and analyses the news, but we try to do more than just stand at the sideline of events.
"We feel responsible for our society and we want to support the less fortunate people in it."