Sam Fender is setting a new standard in a COVID-19 world.

Fender hosted the U.K.’s first major outdoor concert with a socially distant layout.

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Sam Fender concert. Photo by David Wala/Shutterstock
Sam Fender concert. Photo by David Wala/Shutterstock

Fender performed in front of an estimated crowd of 2,500 at the Virgin Money Unity Arena in Newcastle Tuesday night. The venue featured 500 separate seating sections for groups of five. Each section was separated with metal barricades. Van Morrison and Maximo Park have similar shows booked with COVID-19 precautions in place.

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Fender could set an example for other countries to follow.

It is in stark contrast to the packed shoulder-to-shoulder performances recently put on by Chase Rice, The Chainsmokers, Smash Mouth, and Tech N9ne.