Virgin Money Unity Arena Newcastle - Information, Tickets & Review

 I have recently worked with Virgin Money Unity Arena on an Instagram campaign for which we have been provided with press tickets. I have not been asked or paid to write this post. 

Virgin Money Unity Arena Newcastle - Information, Tickets & Review

One thing I have really missed during the pandemic is shared experiences. Whether this be watching a movie at the cinema, a live performance at a theatre or live music at a summer festival. It sucks! I am therefore so proud that my home city of Newcastle is leading the way and has pulled out all the stops to build the UK's first outdoor socially distanced live performance venue for us to enjoy this summer.  

Virgin Money Unity Arena Newcastle - What to Expect 

The arena at Gosforth Park Racecourse is fully outdoors. The space is filled with over 500 individual viewing platforms which are spaced 2m+ apart. Each platform can fit up to 5/6 guests (depending on the performance) from the same household / bubble. Accessible platforms are available and you can ask on arrival for a chair if required (provided free of charge). 

Things kicked off with Sam Fender this week and from what I can see on social media, it all went really well with everyone commenting that staff were fantastic, there were lots of clean toilets and there were barely any queues. Some even proclaimed that this kind of gig is something they would like to see forever - no pushing / getting up close and personal with others required. 

Virgin Money Unity Arena Newcastle - Information, Tickets & Review
Credit : Virgin Unity Arena

Of course it won't be for everyone and for some, the atmosphere just will not be the same but anything we can do to support the live performance industry and enjoy ourselves in this weird time gets the thumbs up from me. 

There are several local food venders on-site and you can pre-order drinks, purchase from the bar (one person can leave per platform) or there are drinks sellers walking between the platforms so you do not need to leave your own personal space if you don't want to. Card payments only. 

As expected at this kind of thing, drinks are a little on the pricey side with 6 cans of Heinekkin setting you back £20 on pre-order and a pint costing around £5.50. Soft drinks are also available. You cannot take your own drinks / food into the venue and bags will be searched (you can take a bag up to A4 size into the venue).

Face coverings do need to be worn as your ticket is scanned or if you leave your platform for the loo / to head to the bar but once you are settled on your platform, you do not need to wear one. 

Kids are welcome at most of these gigs (there are a few exceptions - mostly for the comedy performance) but U16s need to be supervised. You book your own private pod / viewing platform for up to 5/6 people depending on the event.  Everyone must arrive together using the same mode of transport. 

What's On at Virgin Money Unity Arena 

Click here to see a full list of what's on and to check prices / buy tickets. Make sure you read all of the ticket FAQs and info before you purcase. 


Virgin Money Unity Arena Newcastle - Information, Tickets & Review

My top picks include Two Door Cinema Club who we always love seeing live, Dinosaur World Live which is a real bargain at only £55 per viewing area for up to 5 people (works out at £11 each) and Jason Manford who is performing over Bank Holiday Weekend.

Virgin Money Unity Arena - Full Review Coming Soon......

We have tickets booked for Two Door Cinema Club this weekend. I will update this post with more photos, information & our full review & tips on Sunday.

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  1. I’m looking forward to seeing your experience this weekend. We are going to Maximo Park in September. I’m interested how getting out is etc as it will be quite late for my kids, especially L!

  2. I saw photos of the Sam Fender event on Facebook and I thought it was such a good idea. I would be happy going to see a concert like this and not getting pushed or trod on.


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