The UK’s first socially distanced music venue set to open in the North East this August - this is how it will look

The Virgin Money Unity Arena is set to open in August at Newcastle Racecourse – becoming the UK’s first socially distanced music venue.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 11:41 am
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 11:42 am

The people behind the North East’s large outdoor music event, This Is Tomorrow Festival, have revealed they will launch the UK’s first socially distanced music venue this summer.

The Virgin Money Unity Arena will open in August at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park and will remain in place until the end of the summer.

It is hoped the the arena will breathe new life into entertainment industry, which has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The line-up of acts is set to be announced on Tuesday, July 7 – with a variety of household names set to perform.

Event bosses have also confirmed there will also be a limited number of free tickets for NHS workers for each performance.

Helen Page, Group Brand and Marketing Director at Virgin Money, said: “We are being as innovative as possible during these challenging times, and music is very much at the heart of our new brand direction.

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

“We’re looking forward to partnering with The Unity Arena on this event near to our Virgin Money home in Gosforth.”

The arena will protect the health and safety of those attending by a drive-in system, which will allow people from the same household to arrive at the venue, park and enjoy from their own personal viewing platform.

A one-way system is also set to be installed to navigate the venue for the use of toilet facilities.You can find more information on the brand new venue will work by clicking here.

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