New COVID-19 restrictions bring early end to Virgin Money Unity Arena shows

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Music fans enjoying Becky Hill's performance Credit: Thomas Jackson / TyneSight

The new government restrictions in place across the North East have forced organisers to bring an early end to live shows at the Virgin Money Unity Arena.

Taking place at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, the arena has hosted huge names such as Sam Fender, The Libertines, Becky Hill and Van Morrison.

It was the first socially distanced outdoor music venue in the UK and tens of thousands of music fans were able to see live gigs again while also adhering to social distancing rules.

The organisers have confirmed that the arena will close with immediate effect.

The events cancelled include:

  • Jack Savoretti - September 18

  • Kaiser Chiefs - September 19 

  • Bongo’s Bingo - September 19

  • Declan McKenna - September 20

Organisers have praised music fans for embracing the 'new normal' and keeping the live music scene alive in the North East.

Since opening its doors with Sam Fender on August 13th, the arena has entertained over 50,000 audience members and employed 200 people.

Organisers say refunds for cancelled shows will be available.