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‘We just have to get through it’ says Louis Walsh on 50pc capacity gig restrictions


The Junk Kouture final Powered by RTÉ will take place this Thursday at 7pm on RTÉ 2 and the RTÉ Player

The Junk Kouture final Powered by RTÉ will take place this Thursday at 7pm on RTÉ 2 and the RTÉ Player


Music mogul Louis Walsh has said he has huge sympathy for those in the entertainment sector who have been hit by the latest raft of restrictions limited capacity to 50pc.

The manager of Westlife, who had to reschedule their sold-out shows in London’s Wembley and Páirc Uí Chaoimh until next year, said it is important to try and stay optimistic.

“We just have to get through it,” he told Independent.ie

“At least there’s gigs on now, even if they’re half-full and I feel it’s a good start and is far better than no gigs and at least people can still get out.”

This morning saw Irish troubadour Christy Moore cancelling four of his gigs in Vicar Street in the face of the latest restrictions with tickets for new dates with limited capacity on sale tomorrow.

Former X Factor judge Walsh, who is putting together a new Irish band, said that “at least they have been rescheduled” and predicts a really busy year for music in 2022.

“There’s going to be gigs in every field and loads of festivals, everybody’s going to be back working,” he said.

“But you have to put safety first, people’s health has to come first.”

He will make a return to the small screen this Thursday when he takes centre stage on the final of Junk Kouture on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.

The final of the competition has seen the entries whittled down to 40 teams of post-primary students. Now in its 11th year, this year's quirky entries of outfits made from recycled materials include a headpiece fashioned from a lampshade and a dress made from chestnuts.

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Walsh recently recorded in Wicklow with fellow judges, star of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Michelle Visage, and influencer Roz Purcell. He said it’s a “brilliant show”. He also predicts the event founder Troy Armour will bring the show internationally in 2022, given its success here.

“The standard goes up every year and I think people are going to be really surprised at the amount of talent and the huge work that goes into this,” he said.

“These children are quite amazing and they work on these outfits all year at home. It was really hard to pick a winner but we picked the person who put the most work into it and their design is brilliant.”

Tune into the grand finale on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player on Thursday, December 9, at 7pm.

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