Urzila Carlson, Hollie Smith to headline Live Nation NZ's first socially distanced post-lockdown gigs

Live Nation has announced a run of socially distanced live shows for Kiwis to attend now that New Zealand has entered COVID-19 alert level 2. 

Comedian Urzila Carlson and soul singer Hollie Smith are among the names featured in the first of a series of events taking place at the Tuning Fork in Auckland starting May 29. 

The Together Again concerts will see punters undergo temperature screening on entry and contract tracing measures will be in place. Staff will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the venue will operate at a reduced 100-person capacity. 

One of the upshots of the new rules will mean no more queues at the bar, as audience members will order food and beverages via mobile to be brought to their table. 

Live Nation's NZ chairman Stuart Clumpas says the company is "excited to be welcoming back live events in New Zealand". 

"The safety of our artists, audience, and staff is always a major focus at Live Nation events and venues, and especially so at this time," Clumpas added. 

"Our staff have been working extremely hard to get the doors open again and we aim to deliver not only a great live experience but also one that adheres to all the extra health and safety precautions and measures that line up with the government advice for events at level 2." 

Tickets for Together Again go on sale May 20.