Recently we have been given press access to some of the gigs at the new Virgin Media Unity Arena to attend with Supergrass being the latest. I’ve had a great time being back out and so wanted to list the 5 reasons why we are loving the the VM Unity Arena!
5 reasons why we are loving the VM Unity Arena
1. Live events are back
Yes Live Music is back! For months we have been sat indoors, requesting refunds or rescheduling gigs that we have booked. Wishing you were there when the day comes around, drowning your sorrows by having a beer and putting on their album to pretending you still are. But here we have an arena for live Music to actually be there and soak up the atmosphere. A little bit of normality within the new normal.
2. Socially Distanced
Yes the difference with these gigs is that they are socially distanced. So no mosh pits, throwing beers forward over random heads in the crowd or being pushed side to side. It also opens up the opportunity for more family friendly attendance. Here you have dedicated areas for your group, with seating provided, or of course just stand for that concert atmosphere. The venue has planned this out well. From parking, allocated arrival times, hand sanitiser and multiple portaloos to choose from you’re going to be as safe as anywhere else in the current environment.
3. The Headline Acts
SSD concerts are the team behind this. They have brought previous festivals such as This Is Tomorrow and Hit The North Festivals to Newcastle and massive acts, so it was to be no different here. Already we have had local lad Sam Fender open the arena, Two Door Cinema Club, Patrick Topping and Supergrass. We then have The Libertines, Maximo Park, Alfie Boe, Ronan Keating still you come!
Newcastle is known for its nightlife and NUFC but there’s not much of that happening at the moment. However being the first socially distanced concert has brought worldwide attention to us here in Newcastle. It shows us as Innovators and Leaders in something that is no doubt going to be replicated elsewhere now it’s shown to work.
The acts they have brought to the arena have varied in genre and taste. We have had rock, pop, cover artists, family entertainment with Dinosuar World Live, a range of top comedians yet to appear in the form of Bill Bailey, Jason Manford, Adam Kay and Jimmy Carr, as well as the hugely successful Bongos Bingo and Klub Kids for fans of Ru Paul.
I’ve loved attending some of the events here so far. It’s great to be back out, watching live entertainment. In a new normal this brings the normal, and a great atmosphere to go with it.
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