The Libertines musicians, Pete Doherty and Carl Barât - Avalon / Starface

Les Libertines, Supergrass and Two Door Cinema Club will be there for the very first concert with social distancing organized in the United Kingdom. The event, dubbed Virgin Money Unity Arena, will be held at Newcastle Racecourse between August 14 and September 5. Eight concerts in all during which Tom Grennan or Maximo Park will also perform.

Comedy shows are also on the program with Bill Bailey and Jason Manford. A real breath of fresh air that promises to save the British public in the context of the pandemic. However, drastic measures will be put in place to respect social distancing.

Strict measures

Indeed, the public who will go to the concerts of the Virgin Money Unity Arena will have to respect strict instructions. The pit will be occupied by a series of small individual platforms where the groups of spectators will be placed. According to NME, it will be necessary to pre-order food and drink and a single direction of travel will allow access to sanitary facilities in complete safety.

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@virginmoney UNITY ARENA The UK's first dedicated socially distanced music venue is arriving in Newcastle this summer! Virgin Money Unity Arena will arrive at Gosforth Park in August with a stellar line up of Live Music and Comedy. Join us for a unique socially distanced live entertainment experience. Enjoy the show with your friends and family from the safety of your own personal viewing area. The arena is designed to keep you safe, with organized parking and a socially distanced queuing system into the arena where you will be directed to your personal area. Huge Lineup announcement: Tuesday 7th July 2020 Tickets on Sale: Friday 10th July 2020

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A soft restart for the British entertainment sector which, like everywhere else, is trying to get out of the crisis caused by the pandemic. It remains to be seen whether these measures will be respected by the public over the length. The example of the Fête de la Musique held in Paris on June 21 or the reopening of pubs in the UK on July 4 showed that barrier gestures are quickly forgotten when the party is in full swing. .


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  • Pete doherty
  • United Kingdom
  • Rock
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