These virus times mean that coming out of the lockdown may not be easy.

We will initially need lots of workarounds to get live gigs woking again. One initial idea that is already happening in Denmark is drive in gigs. Mads Langer performed a sold-out ‘drive-in’ gig that was announced with six days’ notice, the gig sold out almost instantly. 500 tickets were sold for the show, which took place on the outskirts of Aarhus. The following day, the stage became a drive-in cinema.

These are outdoor events where you go and stay in your car. It’s not the communal sweatbox we grew up with but these are different times and any solution is welcome.

Even a few weeks ago there were plans to to do this in the UK as well and one ambitious drive in festival idea based in Manchester is very close to fruition – we will announce as soon as we can.


Denmark announces drive in gigs – UK to follow

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  1. Interesting! Things certainly will (and should) change (for the better!) Not sure this is it. Some much wrong with the concept. Mostly cars. Such as symbol of ‘normality’ yet so damaging for our planet. Lockdown broadcasts have been on the rise (although there’s a limit of how many acoustic-in-my-pants-end-of-my-messy-bed videos I can watch). Music touches us all so deeply and personally, and live music is not for watching from inside a metal cage. A glorious future awaits?


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