On Tuesday, 2,500 people flocked to see Sam in action for the first of two shows, and each of them was curious to see how that would compare to the concerts we took for granted before the coronavirus hit.
But eternal cynic Piers didn’t seem impressed when he retweeted a video he had seen of the performance, saying, “Sooooo weird. ”
Taking the stage for her second sold-out show, the Geordie star said, “The Geordies are making history here, but I heard Piers Morgan had a bit to say about it. ”
The mention of the host of Good Morning Britain, and former Mirror editor, was greeted by thousands of mocking Geordies.
Fender added, “F *** Piers Morgan. “
His jibe was greeted with cheers before adding: “You are never happy are you Piers, never happy. ”
Further acts, music legend Sir Van Morrison, The Libertines and Maximo Park will follow in August and September.
Comedians Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey will also perform at the temporary arena at Newcastle Racecourse in Gosforth Park.
Even Alan Shearer got in on the act – kicking off his 50th birthday celebrations with Fender’s performance on Tuesday night.
Helen Page, Group Director of Brand and Marketing at Virgin Money, said: “We are excited to play a role in reviving live music events as we begin to emerge from lockdown.
“It feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate music and all the wonderful emotions that come with experiencing it live with other music fans. ”
The promoters of SD Concerts said public safety is protected, with each viewing platform having its own table, chairs and refrigerator.
People from the same household will arrive on site, park and then enjoy the concert from their own private space.