Sam Fender holds the first socially distant concert

Brenda Watkins
August 14, 2020

Take a look. the outdoor venue's setup includes 500 separate seating sections with metal barricades, which are for groups of 5 to attend and watch the show.

Sam Fender's postponed Hypersonic Missiles UK tour is now scheduled to take place in April, May and June 2021.

However, other countries are ploughing ahead with a return to live music in some form - including the United Kingdom, where the first socially-distanced gig took place last night in Newcastle.

Sam Fender played at the Virgin Money Unity Arena, a pop-up venue in Gosforth Park, Newcastle.

With the UK's first custom-built COVIDsafe concert venue launching this week, the footage of the seated, private viewing spaces has a lot of people who can't be bothered with mosh pits or hours of standing very excited.

However, last night it was the turn of North Shields-born Sam Fender to open proceedings in style with a completely sold out concert. There are a few rules to follow to keep everyone safe.

Organised by Virgin Money and SSD Concerts, the gigs will have a one-way system in place and food and drink can be pre-ordered to avoid queuing. "You'll all be sent arrival times so please check your emails and get down nice n early".

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Fender's gigs yesterday and tomorrow have sold out.

Musicians aren't the only performers in the industry availing of the innovative set up, Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey will also perform comedy sets at the temporary arena.

Newcastle has more concerts planned with similar social distancing measures for the coming months.

"It's not going to be the same as a gig you would normally have, but we've got to do what we can do".

'This feels like a unique opportunity to celebrate music and all the wonderful emotions that come with experiencing it live alongside other music fans'.

The venue was specially built to handle outdoor performances in the coronavirus-restricted world.

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