No more dancing next to sweaty armpits! Sam Fender plays 'world's first socially-distanced gig' to 2,500 fans in groups of five in raised metal pens - as Van Morrison, The Libertines and Maximo Park prepare their own post-lockdown shows

More than 2,500 music fans were spread out into hundreds of small fenced-off areas as they watched Sam Fender take to the stage last night, in what is thought to be the world's first socially-distanced concert.
The North Shields native performed a home-town gig at Newcastle's Gosforth Park, where a pop-up venue saw fans in groups of up to five watch the concert on 500 separate raised metal platforms. 
The event at the pop-up venue, named the Virgin Money Unity Arena, was the UK's first music event of its kind since coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March.
Promoters also claim it is the first socially-distanced concert in the world.
Backed by his live band and a light show, the 26-year-old Fender performed songs from his chart-topping debut album Hypersonic Missiles.
Audience members wore face coverings as they walked about the site and bought drinks, while one family held a oversized cut-out of the singer-songwriter's face aloft.
More than 2,500 music fans spread out in hundreds of small fenced-off areas as they watched Sam Fender take to the stage last night - in what is thought to be the world's first socially-distanced concert
More than 2,500 music fans spread out in hundreds of small fenced-off areas as they watched Sam Fender take to the stage last night - in what is thought to be the world's first socially-distanced concert
The North Shields native performed a home-town gig at Newcastle's Gosforth Park, where a pop-up venue saw fans in groups of up to five watch the concert on 500 separate raised metal platforms
The North Shields native performed a home-town gig at Newcastle's Gosforth Park, where a pop-up venue saw fans in groups of up to five watch the concert on 500 separate raised metal platforms
The event at the pop-up venue, named the Virgin Money Unity Arena, was the UK's first music event of its kind since coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March
The event at the pop-up venue, named the Virgin Money Unity Arena, was the UK's first music event of its kind since coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March
Audience members wore face coverings as they walked about the site and bought drinks which they took back to their individual area
Audience members wore face coverings as they walked about the site and bought drinks which they took back to their individual area
Others had drinks served to their individual area at the concert in Gosforth Park, Newcastle, including this group who ordered Jager bombs
 Others had drinks served to their individual area at the concert in Gosforth Park, Newcastle, including this group who ordered Jager bombs
One family held a oversized cut-out of the singer-songwriter, best known of for his single Hypersonic Missiles, aloft in their individual area
One family held a oversized cut-out of the singer-songwriter, best known of for his single Hypersonic Missiles, aloft in their individual area
Fender's gig last night, and his upcoming concert on Thursday have both sold out.
Other acts, music legend Sir Van Morrison, The Libertines and Maximo Park will follow throughout August and into September, while comedians Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey will also play at the temporary arena.

Helen Page, group brand and marketing director at Virgin Money, commented: 'We are delighted to play a part in bringing back live music events as we start to emerge from lockdown.
'This feels like a unique opportunity to celebrate music and all the wonderful emotions that come with experiencing it live alongside other music fans.'
Fender's gig at the Virgin Money Unity Arena last night, and his upcoming concert on Thursday at the same venue have both sold out
Fender's gig at the Virgin Money Unity Arena last night, and his upcoming concert on Thursday at the same venue have both sold out
Other acts, music legend Sir Van Morrison, The Libertines and Maximo Park will follow throughout August and into September. Pictured: A group of five in their box at the concert
Other acts, music legend Sir Van Morrison, The Libertines and Maximo Park will follow throughout August and into September. Pictured: A group of five in their box at the concert 
While many gathered in groups of up to five, some gathered in pairs or groups of three for the gig at Gosforth Park in Newcastle
While many gathered in groups of up to five, some gathered in pairs or groups of three for the gig at Gosforth Park in Newcastle
Sam Fender wows the crowds at the social-distanced gig at Gosforth Park in Newcastle last night as fans watched on while socially distanced
Sam Fender wows the crowds at the social-distanced gig at Gosforth Park in Newcastle last night as fans watched on while socially distanced
Fender was named in the BBC Sound of 2018 list alongside the likes of Lewis Capaldi and Billie Eilish
Fender was named in the BBC Sound of 2018 list alongside the likes of Lewis Capaldi and Billie Eilish
The Hypersonic Missiles singer, who is from North Shields, also won the Critics' Choice Award at the 2019 Brit Awards
The Hypersonic Missiles singer, who is from North Shields, also won the Critics' Choice Award at the 2019 Brit Awards
Last night's event comes after a drive-in production of the West End musical Six was cancelled due to the potential of local lockdowns amid the pandemic
Last night's event comes after a drive-in production of the West End musical Six was cancelled due to the potential of local lockdowns amid the pandemic
Promoters SD Concerts said the safety of the audience is being protected, with each viewing platform having its own table, chairs and fridge.
People from the same household arrived at the venue, parked up then enjoyed the concert from their own private area.
Fender was named in the BBC Sound of 2018 list alongside the likes of Lewis Capaldi and Billie Eilish, and won the Critics' Choice Award at the 2019 Brit Awards.
Last night's event comes after a drive-in production of the West End musical Six was cancelled due to the potential of local lockdowns amid the pandemic.
The shows, which sold out at several venues, were expected to feature the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, Dizzee Rascal and Sigala, the BBC reported.
But promoters said the Government's implementation of local lockdowns meant they couldn't go ahead with the tour with 'confidence.'
No more dancing next to sweaty armpits! Sam Fender plays 'world's first socially-distanced gig' to 2,500 fans in groups of five in raised metal pens - as Van Morrison, The Libertines and Maximo Park prepare their own post-lockdown shows No more dancing next to sweaty armpits! Sam Fender plays 'world's first socially-distanced gig' to 2,500 fans in groups of five in raised metal pens - as Van Morrison, The Libertines and Maximo Park prepare their own post-lockdown shows Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:07 Rating: 5

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