There’s no denying that Coronavirus has totally changed the face of the entertainment industry.
The whole world went from jam-packed movie theatres, sports stadiums, and concert venues to theatres and stadiums with thousands of empty seats. With lockdowns and quarantines firmly in place, no one is really in the mood to rub shoulders with random strangers for fear of catching the virus.
That said, a recent live concert in Newcastle, England, may have offered a glimpse into what may be the new normal for the entertainment industry.
Described as ‘the world’s first socially distanced concert’, around 2,500 people were once again able to taste the concert as Brit Awards winner Sam Fender, who played his hit songs to the concert-goers at Gosforth Park.
To make the concert happen, according to the BBC, 500 “mini enclosures” were set up at the Virgin Money Unity Arena in Gosforth Park – all socially distanced two meters (6.5ft) away from each other, with each viewing platform able to hold around five people.
The event was organised by Virgin Money and SSD Concerts and they had a one-way system in place where food and drink can be pre-ordered to avoid queuing. Other artists lined up for this month and September include Maximo Park, The Libertines, and Van Morrison.