Summer is usually concert season, but things are a little different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although many live shows have been canceled, some musicians have found a way for the show to go on.
On June 27, country legend Garth Brooks will host a concert event at 300 drive-in theaters across the country. Tickets go on sale on June 19 on Ticketmaster. Drive-in locations will be announced on June 15. Tickets are priced at $100, which is good for one passenger car or SUV, so bring the whole family! The concert begins at dusk and will take place rain or shine.
Production Company Encore Live will ensure safety precautions are in place for this unique concert event, including six feet of distance between vehicles, limited capacity in restrooms, contactless payment and ticketing systems as well as the use of personal protective equipment by employees at the drive-ins.
“They’re going to run it just like a regular concert, but this is going to be all over North America,” Brooks explained during an appearance on “Good Morning America.” “We are excited because this is a reason to get out of the house, but at the same time you get to follow all the COVID rules from every individual state and you get to have fun and stay within the guidelines of social distancing … we’re calling it ‘social-distancing partying.'”
Brooks is not the only artist to adapt his tour to drive-ins because of the pandemic. Other musicians using the strategy to perform in line with social-distancing guidelines include Keith Urban, Alan Jackson and Black Jacket Symphony.
According to Adam Alpert, CEO of Sony’s Disruptor Records, fans can expect continued innovation from the music industry until a vaccine allows us to resume concerts as we know them.
“Clearly there is a demand for live concerts,” Alpert told CNN. “People miss live music. They miss seeing their favorite artists. They miss the magic and energy that seeing live music brings … [Musicians] are itching to get out, but we have to wait until it’s safe. I think artists and promoters and venues are resilient and they’re going to try and look for new ways to make live music safe in these uncertain times.”