Kaiser Chiefs, The Streets and Dizzee Rascal are among the leading artists who are set to perform the UK’s first drive-in gigs this summer.
At a time of social distancing, the ‘Utilita Live From The Drive-In’ series will see a series of artists performing across 12 venues in the UK, to fans who will be provided with a private individual viewing zone next to their cars.
Large outdoor spaces in cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool and London will play host to the drive-in gigs, with 300 cars permitted for each event. According to the Live Nation website, the venues are likely to include Leeds East Airport, the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, the University of Bolton Stadium and the Cheltenham Racecourse. Tickets will go on sale from 22 June.
A statement on the website reads: “Some of the biggest names in UK music will perform live on stage backed by a full concert production that audiences can experience from the comfort and safety of their own designated area. With movies and family events also to be added to the schedule, this will be a live experience like no other.”
Other artists and groups taking part include Ash, Beverley Knight, Bjorn Again, Brainiac Live, Brand New Heavies, Camp Bestival Live, Cream Classical Ibiza, Embrace, Gary Numan, Jack Savoretti, Lightning Seeds, Nathan Dawe, Reggae Roast Vs Gentleman’s Dub Club, Russell Watson, Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, Sigala, Skindred, The Snuts, The Zutons and Tony Hadley.
It follows similar initiatives across Europe, with Danish singer-songwriter Mads Langer playing a show to 500 cars in May.
“We decided on doing the gig on Sunday night and put the tickets on sale on Tuesday, with the concert booked for the Friday”, Langer told the NME. “I was like: ‘Do we have enough time to sell the tickets?’ It was just incredible that it sold out in minutes, but that puts pressure on your shoulders. In the end, the gig was nothing like I expected.
“When the arena was filling up with cars, it felt like a normal big show – this is a venue that usually holds 30-to-40,000 people. But when I started playing it turned out to be completely different. Because even though there were 2000 people in 500 cars, it ended up being an extremely intimate setting. I realised that I was not playing to 2000 people; I was playing to four people times 500. I really felt like I was playing to the small rooms in the cars.”