Drive-in concerts may be future of live music amid COVID-19


You may soon have to roll up to rock out.

Music concerts are going the way of drive-in movie theaters amid the coronavirus crisis — with fans to watch performances from inside cars, according to a report.

The electronic musician Marc Ribellet announced the first-ever drive-in concert tour in the US, and entertainment honchos say it could become the new normal, according to the music news site

“It’s important for us to keep doing drive-in concerts, which we’re going to test and roll out, which we’re having some success with,” Michael Rapino, president of the entertainment firm Live Nation said. “We’re seeing lots of artists chomping to get back out once it’s safe.”

Music event organizers are also considering reduced capacity festivals outside or in sprawling stadiums to encourage social distancing, Rapino said.

Last month, Danish singer-songwriter Mads Langer performed for about 500 fans in cars in his home country.

Meanwhile, the popular New Orleans venue, Rock’n’Bowl, put its own twist on the trend by broadcasting live music on a massive screen in the club’s parking lot.

Large gatherings, including concerts, were banned in the US in March due to the pandemic. Live Nation, which also owns Ticketmaster, has seen its stock drop by nearly half during the crisis, according to the outlet.

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