Van Morrison Added To The Line-Up For UK’s Socially Distanced Concert Season

The Belfast legend will be playing at Newcastle’s Virgin Money Unity Arena on September 3.

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Van Morrison and The Bootleg Beatles have joined this summer’s line-up for the UK’s first socially distanced music venue.

The Virgin Money Unity Arena, which is set to open at Newcastle Racecourse in August, will allow music fans across the North East to enjoy live music for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

It’s now been confirmed that blues legend Van Morrison will play the venue on Thursday, September 3, while an earlier show comes from The Bootleg Beatles on August 16.

With the series of socially distanced shows scheduled to run until Sunday, September 13, fans can also expect sets from the likes of The Libertines, Two Door Cinema Club, Tom Grennan and Maximo Park as well as comedy shows from Bill Bailey and Jason Manford.

Headed up by the team behind the city’s This Is Tomorrow Festival and SSD Concerts, the venue will be mapped out with a series of individual viewing areas, which are safely located at least two metres apart from one another.

Fans will be able to pre-order food and drinks, while a one-way system will allow for the safe and full use of toilet facilities.
The Virgin Money Unity Arena is set to present the following socially distanced shows:


15 – Two Door Cinema Club
16 – The Bootleg Beatles (afternoon show)
16 – Adam Kay (evening show)
19 – Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
22 – Supergrass
23 – Love at the Musicals feat. Collabro, Joe McElderry & Sophie Evans
26 – Elvana
27 – Tom Grennan
28 – Klub Kids: Summer Mania
29 – The Libertines (afternoon and evening)
30 – Bongo’s Bingo (afternoon show)
30 – Jason Manford
31 – Jimmy Carr


1-2 – Bill Bailey
3 – Van Morrison
5 – Maximo Park
9 – Craig Charles (*please note this date has changed from Friday 14th August)
10 – Alfie Boe
11 – Ronan Keating
12 – Bongo’s Bingo
13 – Becky Hill.

Listen to the best of Van Morrison on Apple Music and Spotify.

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