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UK's First Socially Distanced Concert Shows What Could Be Our New Reality

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UK's First Socially Distanced Concert Shows What Could Be Our New Reality

A Sam Fender concert held in Newcastle has given us a glimpse as 'the world's first socially distanced gig'.

Sam played an outdoor at the Virgin Money Unity Arena on Tuesday and the crowd of attendees were watching on from their own socially-distanced boxes - spaced two metres apart, of course.

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The audience filled 500 pods, each holding up to five people, and were able to order food and drink.

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There was a one-way system in place and chairs were available for anyone who fancied a sit down in their pod.

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.

"This feels like a unique opportunity to celebrate music and all the wonderful emotions that come with experiencing it live alongside other music fans."

On Twitter, the socially distanced gig has divided opinions with some hailing it as a brilliant idea and others saying it takes away from the experience.

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One person said: "Fantastic night! Sam Fender was class! Can all concerts be like this?! Brilliantly organised! Thank you!"

While a second wrote: "Sam Fender live in Newcastle tonight - the first socially distanced large scale concert. Very civilised. Seems to work. 600 pens with 5 family/friends per pen. Sensible loo/bar/food arrangements. It's the future! And least for the foreseeable."

Someone else said: "My hatred for human contact with people I don't really know, really approves of this."

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But, as ever, you can't please everyone - one Twitter user said: "Love Sam Fender but if that's what the future is, count me out. That's not what gigs are for me. It's the atmosphere of being surrounded by others captivated by what's going on on the stage loving life."

While someone else said simply: "Needs improving, but it's a start."

Numerous acts are already lined up to play at the pop-up arena throughout this month and next, including The Libertines, Maximo Park and Van Morrison, comedians Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey are also set to perform.

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Topics: UK News, Music

Claire Reid
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