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The world’s ‘first socially distanced concert’ happened in the UK last night

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Sam Fender held an outdoor concert last night, in what promoters have called the ‘world’s first socially distanced gig’. 

Taking place at the Virgin Money Unity Arena in his home town of Newcastle, Sam Fender held a gig that featured socially-distanced boxes for each group of people.

There were 500 pods, each holding up to five people, who were able to order food and drink.

The events industry has been one of the hardest hit by Covid-19, risking 114,000 jobs. Industry workers staged a huge silent protest in Manchester earlier this week to raise awareness of the crisis the touring, festival and events sector is facing. 

Last night’s socially distant concert to 2,500 people was the first event of its kind since restrictions were put in place. 

Audience members wore face coverings as they walked around buying drinks and food, but could take them off to eat, drink and dance in their own pods. 

There are set to be further concerts from Sir Van Morrison, The Libertines and Maximo Park throughout August and early September.

There are also rumours Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey will be hosting a gig in the temporary arena too. 

It’s divided opinions online with some people saying they like the new style if it means they can get back to seeing music live. Others have also pointed out that they would actually start going to concerts again if they didn’t have to ‘rub up against sweaty people’.

One person was a fan of the new style of concert, saying: “Sam Fender live in Newcastle tonight – the first socially distanced large scale concert. Very civilised. Seems to work. 600 pens with 5 family/friends per pen. Sensible loo/bar/food arrangements. It’s the future! And least for the foreseeable.”

Another added:
Fantastic night! Sam Fender was class! Can all concerts be like this?! Brilliantly organised! Thank you!”

Some users have pointed out they will miss the usual concerts, with one user simply writing ‘RIP mosh pits’. 

Another said: “Love Sam Fender but if that’s what the future is, count me out. That’s not what gigs are for me. It’s the atmosphere of being surrounded by others captivated by what’s going on on the stage loving life.”

What do you reckon then, would you go to a socially distanced concert?

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£2.5bn ‘UK Disneyland’ will go ahead next year, theme park boss confirms

It will be the biggest theme park investment in Europe since Disneyland Paris

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London Resort

The ambitious theme park billed as the ‘UK Disneyland’ will be going ahead next year, the project’s boss has confirmed.

The huge theme park was originally announced in 2012, with hopes to be open to the public in 2019. However, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, disagreements by locals and wildlife protection laws, the opening date has been repeatedly pushed back.

But now, London Resort boss Py Gerbeau has confirmed that works will indeed be starting at the park next year, with plans to open by 2024.

London Resort

London Resort

Gerbeau said, as per Kent Online: “We remain committed to providing the examining authority with the new and updated documents as previously promised.

“We can also confirm, as previously indicated that we will be addressing the full range of issues in relation to time-dependant information being sufficiently current and will, as a matter of normal process in any examination, be supplementing our reports with additional information.”

He added that there will be no ‘material changes’ to the bid for the theme park to be built with ‘subtle’ design changes to protect the lands near the resort.

The 535-acre site, which will be located between Gravesend and Dartford just outside of London, will be the biggest brand new theme park investment in Europe since Disneyland Paris in 1992.

London Resort

London Resort

The theme park is reportedly working with BBC Studios, ITV and Paramount to build six different themed lands along with a water park, three hotels and a shopping district.

This includes ‘The Studios’, a warehouse district with blockbuster movie features, fairytale land ‘The Woods’ and King Arthur-themed ‘The Kingdom’. There will also be a futuristic land and a Jungle-themed land, as well as an area dedicated to dinosaurs and pre-historic creatures. 

Reports also suggest there will be two rollercoasters at the park, one of which will be the fastest in Europe reaching speeds in excess of 70mph.

Visit the London Resort website for more information.

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A Christmas Grotto with immersive performances from Santa and his elves is coming to Manchester

Mancunia is the Christmas fairy tale of our dreams…

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Ducie Street Warehouse will be transforming into Mancunia, a magical fairy tale land complete with immersive performances from Santa and his posse of elves.

Following its overwhelming success last year, The NQ Grotto will be making its grand return to give you and your family the perfect festive escape this Christmas with three theatre performances scheduled across the month.

Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse

The grotto will give guests the opportunity to dance with the Ice Princess, have a singalong with Mrs Claus, enjoy story time with the Snow Queen, fun time with the brother and sister elves and of course, a chance to meet Santa himself.

The shows are perfect for the whole family, and guests can even grab comfortable floor cushions to sit together and truly immerse themselves in the world of Christmas.

Alongside the Grotto experience, there will also be food stalls in the atrium available with festive food and drink offerings courtesy of Ducie Street Warehouse.

Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse

The NQ Grotto will be hosting sixty-minute sessions across three dates this month; Saturday December 11th, Saturday December 18th and Sunday December 19th, all at 10am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, 3:14pm and 5pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 for children and free for those under the age of two.

Get your tickets here.

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Europe’s largest trainer festival is returning to Manchester and tickets are on sale now

Crepe City is back and you can get your hands on VIP tickets today…

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If nothing brings you joy quite like a fresh pair of trainers, you’ll be pleased to hear that Europe’s largest trainer festival is coming back to Manchester.

And, luckily for you, tickets for the event are on sale TODAY.

Crepe City experienced massive success when it last arrived in Manchester, with it bringing a massive selection of rare and exclusive shoes courtesy of over 150 traders, who each showcased the ‘rarest and most desirable’ pairs of trainers money can buy.

Crepe City

Crepe City

This time round, the event will be bringing its iconic traders back alongside a number of Manchester-based DJs, live performers, street food from local vendors and a bar sponsored by Manchester-born rum brand Rockstar Spirits.

The official event description reads: “The leading sneaker event in Europe returns to Manchester! Expect to see over 150 traders showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers all for sale under one roof.

“The festival will also have competitions, panel discussions, live performances, Manchester-based DJs playing throughout the day, street food, and a bar sponsored by upcoming Manchester-based spirits brand Rockstar Spirits.

“Clothing brands from Manchester and London will also be present alongside local footwear sellers with local talent and workforce represented.”

Crepe City

Crepe City

Crepe City will be coming back to the Bowlers Exhibition Centre at Trafford Park on Sunday March 13th, 2022 from 11am-6pm, and tickets are on sale NOW.

Early bird standard tickets and VIP tickets – which get you early entry at 11am, one hour before general entry, and a drink on arrival – are both available to buy for £10 and £20 retrospectively.

Get your tickets booked here. 

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