Sam Fender to open Newcastle's Virgin Money Unity Arena in August 2020

Sam Fender Credit: JAC Media

Geordie superstar Sam Fender has been announced as the opening act for the Virgin Money Arena on Tyneside.

The arena is the first of its kind in the UK and a list of famous names have already been announced. It was created to allow music fans to enjoy live shows while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

The arena will allow music fans to keep their distance from each other Credit: Artist's impression

After a successful year, which saw Sam's debut album 'Hypersonic Missiles' soar to the top of the UK album charts, he will open proceedings at the arena on Thursday 13th August.

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 5 people on each. Grab a few mates and let’s have a platform party!!

Sam Fender