UK's Progressive Approach at Socially Distanced Concerts May Be The Future of Live Events
August 13, 2020 By: Rebecca Brando
A Sam Fender concert in the United Kingdom introduced their first socially-distanced concert venue for about 2,500 ticket holders that were separated into small groups of 500 raised seating platforms. The event offered a peek into what the future of live music and events will look like amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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According to CNN, fans gathered on separate raised metal platforms at a pop-up venue in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on Tuesday night to watch a concert by British singer-songwriter Sam Fender.
The show was a lot like the drive-in concerts that have been held in the United States this summer but with people instead of cars. The amphitheater in Newcastle upon Tyne is the latest progressive attempt to offer live entertainment to the public amid, whether it's the resurgence of drive-in movie theaters, modified indoor movie theaters, or the move of restaurants to outdoors along with other health and safety precautions.
Each elevated platform was limited to a maximum of 5 people and separated by 6 feet to observe social distancing guidelines. Patrons were asked not to socialize with other guests outside their group. Photos from the event showed people enjoying the show within each of their small platforms. Fans were required to wear masks while walking around the venue or getting food and drinks.
Fender has announced another sold-out show at the venue and a full calendar of events that will run through the rest of this month and September