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Sam Fender to open UK's first socially distant venue in Newcastle next month

29 July 2020, 17:20 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Local star Sam Fender has been confirmed as the opening act for the Virgin Money Unity Arena (the UK's first socially distant venue) in Newcastle next month.

Fender will perform the first show at the new Virgin Money Unity Arena on 13 August.

Speaking about the show, Fender says, "Absolutely buzzing for this, getting the band and crew back together for probably our only gig of the year. Apparently this is the first socially distanced show of its kind and it’s amazing to see the north east leading the way, it’s huge for the area. There’s a few hundred platforms with five people on each. Grab a few mates and let’s have a platform party!! We’re going to play a couple of brand new tunes too. Tickets on sale Friday!!!"

Festival organiser Steve Davis added, "We are delighted to have a Geordie open the world's first socially distanced music venue. As well as promoting Sam we are massive fans of his music and it's been amazing to see him grow over the last few years. These shows will be special for everyone involved and we hope to get to hear some of the tracks he will have undoubtedly written during lockdown."

The socially distant outdoor venue will also host shows from Two Door Cinema Club, Supergrass, Tom Grennan, The Libertines, Jason Manford, Bill Bailey, Maxïmo Park, Van Morrison and more throughout August and September.

Attendees will have to arrive by car, and will be directed to their own private viewing platform by staff. Refreshments can be pre-ordered and delivered later at the viewing platform during the event. A one-way system will be in place for toilet access, with hand sanitiser dispensers outside each cubicle.

Tickets for Sam Fender's show at the Virgin Money Unity Arena on 13 August go on sale Friday (31 July) from 10am BST. Visit for more information.
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