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Socially distanced concerts could be on their way to Ireland

By James Fenton

August 13, 2020 at 9:45am

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Social media was awash yesterday with pictures of the UK's first socially distanced concert, which saw Sam Fender play in front of 2,500 people in his home town of Newcastle.

Taking place at Gosforth Park, which has been rebranded as the Virgin Media Unity Arena for a series of concerts this month, groups of fans watched Fender perform from their own private platform complete with tables and chairs.

The general consensus was that the gig was a huge success, with people free to head off to the bar or toilet as long as they were wearing a face covering. Staff were also walking between the platforms selling drinks and a one-way system was in place for entering and leaving the venue.

It all seemed very well-organised and it's something concert bosses are considering here if restrictions continue for the foreseeable future. Asked by the Irish Mirror is they see these kinds of concerts happening here, an MCD spokeperson said: "MCD were looking at similar concerts," but added that "the financial numbers only work if you have a major sponsor".

This could be the future we're looking at, for the time being at least. What would you make of attending a concert like the one Sam Fender performed earlier this week? Let us know in the comments.

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