Live Nation, one of the world’s biggest concert promoters, announced a concert series on Friday to be staged across 12 drive-in venues across the UK. Around 300 cars can attend each gig, planned from July to September with confirmed artists including the Streets, Ash and Gary Numan.
Utilita Live From The Drive-In, which is being run by entertainment company Live Nation, is the first major series of socially distanced concerts announced in this country since the outbreak.
Shows will take place at 12 different UK venues — including a yet-to-be-confirmed London location — and are set to welcome up to 300 cars each.
Each vehicle will be given a private individual viewing zone, in which attendees can stand, or bring folded chairs to sit on.
The concerts will comply with all official safety guidelines, and are set to run from July until September, depending on government advice.
Artists will perform live on stage, backed by full concert productions with “state-of-the-art” sound systems, lighting rigs and HD LED screens.
Peter Taylor, Live Nation promoter, said: “This outdoor concert series was created as a way to reimagine the live music experience during a time of social distancing by allowing fans to enjoy concerts in the safest way possible.”
Jack Savoretti, The Zutons, Sigala, Ash and Gary Numan are also among the confirmed artists, each of whom are set to tour around each of the 12 venues.
Cities to host the concerts include Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Milton Keynes and others. A full list of confirmed venues is below.
Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Monday June 22.
If all goes well, these concerts may pave a way for live music to return to the UK while adhering to social distancing protocols.
As it stands, many traditional music venues in London and the UK are struggling to survive amid the pandemic.