NME reported the United Kingdom’s first socially distanced music venue, the Virgin Money Unity Arena, will allegedly open in Newcastle this summer. The 2,500-capacity Virgin Money Unity Arena is set to launch this August in Newcastle’s Gosforth Park, promising a safe environment for music fans and a line-up featuring “several high-profile artists”.
Fans will be asked to arrive by car, which will then be parked at least 6-ft from each other. Attendees will be guided by staff to their own private viewing area, which will also be 6-ft apart from other show goers. Food and drink can be pre-ordered and will be delivered to the viewing area during the concert. Toilets will also operate with a one-way system, with hand sanitizers outside each cubicle. Furthermore, staff members will be wearing masks at all times.
Steve Davis, managing director of SSD Concerts, said:
“Since all of our scheduled concerts have been postponed to later in the year and all venues in the city closed, the staff at SSD had a willingness to continue — We can’t be without music during these times so our only thought has been how can we bring music back to the British public safely and responsibly — We have been hosting loads of live sessions and DJ sets across our social media, supporting local artists and raising money for the NHS. Now, we’re taking it one step further as the UK slowly comes out of Lockdown.”