'COVID-19 secure' live music arena launched on Tyneside

Music fans will be socially distanced Credit: JAC Media

The people behind the North East's largest outdoor music gathering, This is Tomorrow Festival, have confirmed that they will launch a socially distanced outdoor venue this summer.

Taking place at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, the new Virgin Money Unity Arena has been described as 'a first of its kind in the UK'.

It will allow music fans to see household names will adhering to social distancing rules from August.

Organisers say they hope to make up for the hundreds of festivals and concerts that have been forced to postpone or cancel this year.

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

Helen Page, Virgin Money

The arena will have a drive-in system, allowing people from the same household to arrive at the venue, park and enjoy the event from their own personal viewing platform.

All viewing areas will be placed at least two metres apart from one another, with food and drinks available for pre-order. A one-way system will allow for the safe and full use of toilet facilities.

The city has a great reputation for hosting music and cultural events. While this pandemic has hit the sector particularly hard, the concert planned at the Racecourse is a brilliant innovation where people will be able to enjoy top bands in a safe, responsible and socially-distanced way.

Newcastle City Council Cabinet member for Employment and Culture Ged Bell

The line-up for the events this summer will be revealed on 7th July 2020.