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The UK's first socially distanced music venue is arriving this summer

The UK’s first socially distanced music venue is set to arrive in Newcastle later 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.

A full line-up is set to be revealed on 7th July for the venue that has been derived in unison by SSD Concerts, the team behind This Is Tomorrow Festival, and Virgin Money.

Using a series of mapped out viewing areas for individuals and small groups 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.

“Working with our brand new partner Virgin Money has been exciting and we think even in these hard times the people of the north east will come out in their thousands to see the artists they love. Further announcements will be coming in the coming weeks, but we’re excited to say we already have several high-profile artists signed up.”