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The Libertines, Supergrass and Two Door Cinema Club to play UK’s first socially distanced gigs in Newcastle

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The Libertines, Supergrass and Two Door Cinema Club are among the leading acts for the UK’s first socially distanced music venue this summer.

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

It’s now been confirmed that the venue will open with a full DJ set from Craig Charles on August 14, before Two Door Cinema Club headline on the following day.

Taking place until Saturday 5th September, fans can also expect sets from the likes of The Libertines, Tom Grennan, Maximo Park and comedy shows from Bill Bailey and Jason Manford.

Check out the full dates below, ahead of tickets going on sale here from 10AM on Friday July 10.

Fri 14th August – Craig Charles

Sat 15th August – Two Door Cinema Club

Sat 22nd August – Supergrass

Thurs 27th August – Tom Grennan

Sat 29th August – The Libertines

Sun 30th August – Jason Manford

Tues 1st & Weds 2nd September – Bill Bailey

Sat 5th September – Maximo Park

The gigs, which were first announced last week, will be headed up by the team behind the city’s This Is Tomorrow Festival and SSD Concerts.

The venue will also be mapped out with a series of individual viewing areas, which are safely located at least two metres apart from one another.

It’ll take place in Newcastle this summer

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 shows come after the UK’s first drive-in gigs were announced last month. The likes of Dizzee RascalThe Streets and Kaiser Chiefs will all play shows this summer as part of the new concert series.

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Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil: “I tried to enter Eurovision once”

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Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil has admitted that he once tried to enter the Eurovision Song Contest.

The frontman said he made a bid to enter the contest with his side project Marmaduke Duke.

He told The Sunday Times: “I have another band called Marmaduke Duke, and we did actually try entering Eurovision. You have to dream big.”

Speaking about how he came to love the show after watching it on acid 18 years ago, Neil added: “I wasted an evening watching the Eurovision Song Contest. Eighteen years ago a friend and I took some acid and watched Eurovision, and it was one of the greatest nights of my life.

“The universe opened up to me. I got it, I realised how tongue-in-cheek the whole thing is, and now I waste a night each year watching Eurovision.”

Earlier today (August 3), Biffy Clyro were confirmed to headline next year’s Download Festival alongside Kiss and System Of A Down on June 4-6, 2021

The band also recently shared new track ‘Weird Leisure’ from their forthcoming A Celebration Of Endings’, which is due out on August 14.

It follows the release of previous album tracks ‘Instant History’ and ‘Tiny Indoor Fireworks’.

Speaking about ‘Weird Leisure’ in a recent NME cover feature, Neil said: “That’s a song about one of my oldest friends. He just chose the wrong path and got himself into a really tricky situation where his world closed in. He’d want help and you’d try to help, but then a week later you’re back to square one.

“Fortunately he’s in a good place now and on his way out of the darkness. I love this guy so much, but – fucking hell – he’s put me through some shit.”

To mark the release of ‘A Celebration Of Endings’, Biffy are set to play a special livestreamed show from an unnamed iconic Glasgow venue on August 15.

The livestreamed show comes as the band recently postponed all their planned 2020 tour dates due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, Neil also recently revealed that a long-awaited new album from Marmaduke Duke is nearing completion.

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Download Festival 2021: WATCH Kiss play Rock And Roll All Nite in 2015 headline slot

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Kiss fans will of course remember the legendary performance from 2015 which saw them taking the main stage by storm.

In front of thousands of people at Donington Park, the quartet demanded festival-goers’ attention by playing their biggest hits.

One of the biggest hits of the night was their performance of arguably their best known song – Rock And Roll All Nite – which you can watch at the top of this article.

Gene Simmons took charge of his song and forced viewers to follow along with his incredible vocals, and side-splitting bass riffs.

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Kiss, Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down to headline Download 2021

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Kiss, Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down have been announced as headliners for next year’s Download Festival.

Next year’s bash will take place on June 4-6, 2021 at Donington Park, Leicestershire and will also include a raft of other heavyweight acts such as Deftones, Korn, The Distillers, Steel Panther, Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, The Darkness, Black Veil Brides, Creeper and Alestorm.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday (August 7) and are available here. You can view the full line up below.

Kiss, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down were due to headline in 2020 but the metal festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Biffy Clyro will now headline instead of Iron Maiden for their first headline slot at the festival since 2017 and they will be performing tracks from their forthcoming album of ‘A Celebration Of Endings’, which is out on August 14.

They said: “We can’t wait to return to headline Download in 2021! It’s a highlight of the festival calendar and a big part of our history as a band. Headlining in 2017 was special and now it’s time to celebrate again! Fuck on!”

The full lineup so far for Download 2021 is:

Kiss
Biffy Clyro
System Of A Down
A.A. Williams
A Day To Remember
Airbourne
Alestorm
Anchor Lane
Baroness
Blackout Problems
Black Veil Brides
Bleed From Within
Blues Pills
Bokassa
Bush
Cellar Door Moon Crow
Cemetery Sun
Control The Storm
Creeper
Daughtry
Dead Label
Dead Posey
Deftones
Dirty Honey
Dying Fetus
Electric Wizard
Employed To Serve
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Funeral For A Friend
Gender Roles
Gojira
Haken
Hatari
Higher Power
Holding Absence
Hot Milk
Killswitch Engage
Kill The Lights
KORN
Jamie Lenman
JJ Wilde
Joyous Wolf
Lacuna Coil
Loathe
Lotus Eater
Marianas Trench
Mastodon
Modern Error
Myles Kennedy & Company
Obituary
Of Mice & Men
Phoxjaw
P.O.D.
Poppy
Powerwolf
Press Club
Rise Against
Sepultura
Skillet
Sleep Token
Spiritbox
Steel Panther
Stone Broken
Temples On Mars
Tempt
Theory
The Darkness
The Distillers
The Faim
The Hara
The Pretty Reckless
The Wildhearts
Those Damn Crows
Tiny Moving Parts
Twin Temple
Volbeat
Wage War
Wargasm
Wayward Sons
Will Haven

Instead of staging this year’s event, a virtual Download Festival was screened with hours of footage from previous events.

Download Festival organiser Andy Copping said of the announcement of the 2021 lineup: “2020 has been a tough year for us all, and we were beyond gutted not to be able to experience Download Festival with you all.

“We gave you Download TV to reflect on memories of the past, and what the festival means to all of us. Download 2021 is going to be something special and go down in the history books as when the Download family reunited. We’re going to be working hard behind the scenes to make Download 2021 an unforgettable experience and a celebration of the festival we all love.”

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