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Covid 19 Cases, U.K.'S First Physically Distanced Concert

U.K.'s first physically distanced concert shows what the future of live music might look like

U.K.'s first physically distanced concert shows what the future of live music might look like

2020-08-14 6:00:00 AM

U.K.'s first physically distanced concert shows what the future of live music might look like

Some 2,500 fans gathered at an outdoor venue Tuesday for what organizers described as the U.K.'s first physically distanced concert.

Published Thursday, August 13, 2020 1:19PM EDTFans occupy separate pens to force physical distancing, ahead of the Sam Fender rock concert at the Virgin Money Unity Arena, a pop-up venue for the gig in Gosforth Park, Newcastle, northern England, Tuesday Aug. 11, 2020. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

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SHAREcoronavirus pandemicemerged, the music and hospitality industry took a beating. Concerts and events were canceled all over the world as countries imposed lockdown restrictions and stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of the virus.But as some nations start to ease restrictions, event organizers are figuring out how to restart the music industry and keep fans safe.

A new U.K. pop-up venue, the Virgin Money Unity Arena, is testing this out. Some 2,500 fans gathered at the outdoor venue Tuesday forwhat organizers described as the U.K.'s first physically distanced concert.Newsletter sign-up: Get The COVID-19 Brief sent to your inbox

Groups of up to five turned out to watch musician Sam Fender from one of 500 raised metal platforms at the the arena in Gosforth Park, Newcastle, northern England.Several musicians and comedians -- including Van Morrison, Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey -- will follow suit later in the year in a series of events.

Distancing is enforced on arrival. Cars are parked two metres apart before patrons are guided to their own platformed private viewing areas, while food and drink can be ordered beforehand or via an app for collection or delivery.Helen Page, group brand and marketing director at Virgin Money, commented: "We are delighted to play a part in bringing back live music events as we start to emerge from lockdown," according to PA Media news agency.

"This feels like a unique opportunity to celebrate music and all the wonderful emotions that come with experiencing it live alongside other music fans," she added.Concerts and nightlife that we were used to before the pandemic could still be a long way off.

In the meantime, some organizers are experimenting with virtual events,, mandated personal protective equipment, or temperature checks on arrival.Meanwhile, some partygoers are opting for, with some events attracting thousands of people. Read more: CTV News »

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alexpintobr As an introvert asperger I think I'm in love with 2020 and where we're heading from now on. 😍 Never Where's the mosh pit? Gonna be hard to throw my bra on the stage...🤣 No thanks. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 hopefully the masses will grow tired of all this bs soon and get back to the way it was.... That’s not anyone’s future. It’s not normal. It’s pathetic and anyone that agrees with this is an absolute idiot.

hannahberge4 radioactive ☢️ 💩 covid porta potties 🚽.... ? Just give people their money back and move on But are they all using the same bathrooms? I Like it!! All concerts should be like this for forever and ever! In fact, all large gatherings for anything. That's my vote. I'm not surprised. The UK is FULL of sheeple

All in all we're just another brick in the wall. Canadians would love this in -25 weather 🤣 The future...why? This corona crap isn’t going to be here forever? What a load of radical left Liberal crapshit. The epitome of lockdown nonsense! Today’s sign of apocalypse Such stupidity I would rather stay home then being in a coral like a bunch of animals at a concert

That is so sad. Having strange half naked sexy girls climb up on your shoulders to see the stage for half an hour each was one of the best parts of concert experiance. we must ensure safety of those around us Do they get get fed by troughs? Sad They can go kiss my ass Look at all the sheeples in their pens! LOL

This is how to destroy a society, which the Marxists are all about. Not for me No way is this the future. I see a new Olympic sport in the making - bubble hurdles - or later - hurling in the bubble No it won't. The hoax is over. Mass German protest of a million plus against masks and lockdowns. Where is your report on it? LiberalShill Its starting everywhere. endtheinsanity

Ewe. Call FedEx they will deliver you on a skid:) What are you reporting, we want to see more of corrupted liberals. 🐑 the future of panic “The future” lol.... please don’t normalize this nonsense It's not the future. Everything will one day go back to normal. animal pens

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