The UK just debuted its first-ever socially distant music venue at the pop-up Virgin Money Unity Arena in Newcastle, England. The venue held its first show on August 11, headlined by Sam Fender. It was attended by 2,500 people who weren’t required to wear masks as long as social distancing was adhered to.
The space features 500 metal platforms spaced out at least six feet from each other. Each platform seats up to five people and has a table and chairs along with a fridge to keep drinks cold. Guests can preorder drinks before the event and pick them up at the bar.
The safety measures in place also require guests to remain on their platform throughout the performance and arrive at the outdoor venue in the same car. All cars are also required to be parked at least six feet away from each other.
The arena will be open until September 13, 2020. The next show will be a performance by Two Door Cinema Club on August 15, followed by The Bootleg Beatles, Björn Again, Dinosaur World Live, Becky Hill, and more.