UK's First Socially Distanced Concert Shows What Future May Hold

Carla Harmon
August 13, 2020

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.

Groups of up to five turned out to watch musician Sam Fender from one of 500 raised metal platforms at the the arena in Gosforth Park, Newcastle, northern England.

26-year-old Brit Award victor Sam Fender is playing a home-town concert at Newcastle's Gosforth Park.


The 'Hypersonic Missiles' singer is playing the first music event of its kind since coronavirus restrictions were enforced in March, with fans in groups of up to five invited to watch the concert.

Tickets reportedly sold out immediately, and photos and videos from Fender's concert show the crowd cheering and singing along. responsibly from their own sections.

Van Morrison, The Libertines and Maximo Park will perform throughout August and into September.


Comedians Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey will also play at the temporary arena.

People were encouraged to stay on their platforms unless they had to go to the toilet (more portaloos were added) and could pre-order food and drinks. Cars are parked two metres apart before patrons are guided to their own platformed private viewing areas, while food and drink can be ordered beforehand or via an app for collection or delivery.

Helen Page, group brand and marketing director at Virgin Money, said: 'We are delighted to play a part in bringing back live music events as we start to emerge from lockdown.


The shows, which sold out at several venues, were expected to feature the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, Dizzee Rascal and Sigala, the BBC reported.

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