Second wave of acts confirmed for UK's first socially distanced arena on Tyneside

The second wave of stars have been announced Credit: JAC Media

Blues-folk icon Van Morrison, comedian Jimmy Carr and Boyzone star Ronan Keating are heading to the North East to perform at the Virgin Money Unity Arena on Tyneside this summer, it has been announced. 

The arena is the UK's first socially distanced outdoor music venue of its kind. There will be measures in place to ensure music and comedy fans are spaced out enough to adhere to government guidance on COVID-19 safety.

Today's announcement also brings a further six acts to the AUGUST bill:

  • The Bootleg Beatles (16th August)

  • Comedian and author Adam Kay (16th August)

  • Rumours of Fleetwood Mac (19th August)

  • "Elvis” fronted Nirvana tribute band Elvana (26th August)

  • 'Klub Kids: Summer Mania' (28th August)

  • Bongo's Bingo (30th August)

The Libertines have also added an extra matinee show to their appearance date of Saturday 29th August.

And comedy hero Jimmy Carr brings his 'Terribly Funny tour' to the region on August 31st, having reportedly sold 400,000 tickets to his shows over the past 18 months. 


September begins with a huge name in Van Morrison OBE. The Blues-Folk sensation will perform on Tyneside on 3rd September.

Other September dates:

  • Alfie Boe (10th September)

  • Ronan Keating (11th September)

  • Bongo's Bingo (12th September)

  • Becky Hill (13th September

Virgin Money Unity Arena will officially launch at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, on Saturday 15th August 2020 with Irish indie legends Two Door Cinema Club. 

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