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UK’s First Socially Distanced Music Venue

The first socially distanced venue in UK held its first concert seating 2500 audience members in 500 elevated platform seating.

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UK’s Newcastle’s Gosforth Park claimed to be the first socially distanced venue in the country held its first event on Tuesday. The first edition of the sold-out show headlined by chart-topping artist Sam Fender saw 2500 people attend as the audience, seated across 500 elevated platforms with a 6.5 meters distance between each of them. Every platform could seat up to 5 people. The concert-goers were also given an option to pre-order their food and drinks to consume during the event. The patrons were asked to wear masks and avoid mingling with people from other platforms. The concert saw a high rate of compliance from the audience members in maintaining the required level of social distance.

Fender performed songs from his debut album Hypersonic Missiles. According to BBC, Sir Van Morrison and Maximo Park are some of the other artists that are lined up to perform at the venue in the coming months.

This concert series organized by Virgin Money and SSD Concerts might just be an example of how the future of live gigs will look like in the near future. The concert-goers are still skeptical of the concept, as the seated down experience takes away from a real festival vibe. Many complained of the conversations being louder than the music, which added to the feeling of detachment from the artist.

References – The Indian Express and Variety

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After the green-light by the UK government a few months back, the event organisers in the UK have taken each step to create a safe and engaging concert experience for the audiences. The US has already created alternatives to traditional concert experiences by moving to drive-in concerts. The venue in UK takes it one step further by creating socially distanced platforms to seat the audience members. Although, this experience is not anywhere close to being the exact alternate for a live concert experience, it is the closest alternative at this point. This might just be the near future of music event experiences for the near future.


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