World's first socially distant appearance: Singer Sam Fender will entertain up to 2,500 fans in Newcastle, where groups of five will see concerts on elevated metal platforms
- At a concert in Gosforth Park in Newcastle, the participants will watch from platforms
- About 500 elevated enclosures will be 6.5 feet apart, each with up to five guests
- Fenders Show is the first live music event in the UK since the lockdown began
Singer Sam Fender will open a series of socially distant gigs tonight when he performs for 2,500 people in a Newcastle park.
Up to five participants follow the concert on private viewing platforms in order to reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus.
The 500 raised enclosures in Gosforth Park will be 6.5 feet apart, and revelers can order food and drinks for the space.
The Fender hometown concert will be the first music event of its kind in the UK since the Covid-19 restrictions were introduced in March. The organizers say it will be the first socially distant appearance in the world.
Fans in separate pens for social distancing before the Sam Fender concert at the Virgin Money Unity Arena, a pop-up venue in Gosforth Park in Newcastle
Fans in groups of up to five people watch the show from 500 different elevated metal platforms, which according to the organizers is the first socially distant appearance in the world
Singer Sam Fender will open a number of socially distant gigs tonight when he performs for 2,500 people at Gosforth Park in Newcastle. Pictured: the venue
The 26-year-old Brit Awards winner will be hosting sold-out shows tonight and Thursday.
Other acts on the program for the Virgin Money Unity pop-up arena in August and September include music legend Van Morrison, The Libertines and Maximo Park.
Comedians Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey will also play in the temporary arena.
Events organized by Virgin Money and SSD Concerts have a one-way system and concertgoers can pre-order food and drinks.
Fans wear masks when they enter the Virgin Money Unity pop-up arena tonight
Participants from the same household watch the show in groups of up to five people on private viewing platforms to help reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading. Pictured: the platforms
The Fender Hometown Concert will be the first live music event of its kind in the UK since the Covid-19 restrictions were introduced in March
Helen Page, Group Brand and Marketing Director at Virgin Money, said: & # 39; We're excited to be helping bring back live music events as we emerge from Lockdown.
"This is a unique opportunity to celebrate music and all the wonderful emotions that come with experiencing it live with other music fans."
According to the organizers of SD Concerts, the safety of the audience is protected as each viewing platform has its own table, chairs and refrigerator.
The Brit Awards winner, 26 (pictured), will headline tonight and Thursday. The first of these was sold out a few minutes after the tickets were sold
Pictured: The pop-up venue as it was put together in Newcastle earlier this month
People from the same household will arrive at the venue and enjoy the concert from their own private space.
It comes after a drive-in production of the West End musical Six was canceled due to the potential of local lockdowns amid the pandemic.
The shows, which were sold out in several locations, were supposed to show Kaiser Chiefs, Dizzee Rascal and Sigala, among others, according to the BBC.
However, the organizers said the government's implementation of local bans meant they could not continue the tour with "confidence".
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