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The Libertines, Supergrass and more announced to play the UK's first socially-distanced outdoor arena


The first wave of names have been announced for the UK’s first socially-distanced outdoor arena with The Libertines, Supergrass, Tom Grennan, Two Door Cinema Club and more all being confirmed to perform at the groundbreaking Newcastle venue this summer.

The Virgin Money Unity Arena is to be installed at Newcastle Racecourse in Gosforth Park will open from August until mid-September. It features 500 individual viewing platforms for each household of ticketholders overlooking an outdoor stage, allowing for a maximum of 2,500 attendees. Each platform is spaced two metres apart from the next.

Using a series of mapped out viewing areas for individuals and small groups, viewers who will be placed on raised platforms with each viewing area sitting at least two meters away from the other, viewing areas surrounding it which made them able to completely transform the outdoor space at Newcastle Racecourse into a music festival-style layout.

Attendees can also receive food and drinks by using a pre-ordered one-way system with toilet facilities also available with a one-way system.

“We can’t be without music during these times so our only thought has been how can we bring music back to the British public safely and responsibly,” said Steve Davis, the managing director of SSD Concerts.

It has now been announced that this summer the venue will welcome Craig Charles, Two Door Cinema Club, Supergrass, Tom Grennan, The Libertines, Maximo Park as well as stand-up comedy courtesy of Bill Bailey and Jason Manford. Tickets will go on sale from 10 am on Friday 10th July.