Our friends across the pond in Newcastle, England have successfully pulled off a large scale, outdoor concert. 26 year old singer/songwriter Sam Fender played for a whopping total of 2500 people yesterday, and photos from the event give us hope for the future of socially-distanced events.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is still running rampant on our side of the Atlantic, this model of raised platforms could be the answer to a problem that has stumped everyone for months. At the Virgin Money Unity Arena Newcastle, there are 500 raised platforms that can comfortably hold five people.
On their website, the Unity Arena outlines how the venue operates through six steps:
1. Purchase your ticket online – You will receive a confirmation email and e-ticket. Please keep hold of these and do NOT delete them. You will be asked for your car registration and will be allocated a time slot for arrival.
2. Show staff your e-ticket – When arriving at the Entry Gate please show Security Staff your booking confirmation email.
3. Park your car safely – You will be directed by staff to the Car Park. Once parked up you will join a socially distanced queuing system for entering the Arena.
4. Guided to personal platform – Our staff will direct you to your personal area where you can enjoy this special show.
5. Food & drink collected – Collect your food and drink on arrival. If you didn’t get the chance to pre-order then order on site when you arrive (via mobile app)!
6. Enjoy the show and exit safely – When the show ends please keep your distance from others, our staff will direct you back to your car and you will be given directions to safely exit the site. Please be patient and please be safe.
The new venue in Newcastle will continue on with this series, offering scheduled shows through September 13. Check out the full lineup below, which includes performances from Two Door Cinema Club, Patrick Topping, Van Morrison, and more.
For more info on the venue, check out their website here.