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Live Nation Unveils First Drive-in Concert Series With Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Nelly

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As the coronavirus pandemic has seized up the live-entertainment trade, drive-in concert events have been floated as a secure alternative for audiences jonesing for stay music — and Live Nation has introduced the primary large-scale drive-in live performance sequence within the U.S., starting in July.

The live-entertainment big on Monday introduced “Live from the Drive-In,” a sequence of 9 concert events going down July 10-12 in Nashville, Tennessee; Maryland Heights, Missouri; and Noblesville, Indiana.

Country star Brad Paisley will headline exhibits in all three cities, and might be joined by Darius Rucker and Jon Pardi in Nashville at Nissan Stadium, with country-adjacent rapper Nelly performing in Maryland Heights, close to St. Louis. The information was first reported by the Associated Press.

The association requires Paisley to carry out within the car parking zone of the amphitheaters, the place autos — with a most of 4 individuals per automobile — will park in each third area, to permit room for attendees to tailgate. Attendees are inspired to convey their very own meals, drinks and chairs, establishing round their automobiles to view the performers from the stage and likewise from massive LED screens. The Missouri is anticipated to carry as many as 1,000 automobiles whereas incorporating social distancing pointers.

“The traditional drive in, I get it, you’re stuck in your car, and you’re going to get it through an FM transmitter. That’s not happening with these shows,” Tom See, president of Live Nation Venues-US Concerts, advised the AP. “We’re giving you what’s about the size of a double-car garage to where you’re going to be able to park your car, get out of your car, and have a great tailgating hang for you and your friends, and listen to music through proper professional PA and amazing audio and video display. It’s really a different aspect of drive-in and live. It’s highly experiential.”

The live performance trade is taking a look at a projected 75% drop in income for 2020, with most live performance excursions and festivals being moved to 2021 on the soonest.

An animated schematic of the live performance and different particulars could be seen right here.

All venue employees are required to put on masks, and Live Nation requests that attendees put on masks upon arrival, the place there might be contact-less ticket scanning by means of their home windows, though they don’t seem to be required to put on the masks or gloves of their tailgate areas.

A menu of scorching meals objects and nonalcoholic drinks might be out there for buy on-line, that might be delivered to their designated tailgate zone. Fans will solely be capable to depart their pods to entry single restrooms, which might be cleaned usually all through the present.

“We’re really dialed in with partnerships with (the) local jurisdictions (and) we’ve been meeting with them for months, just talking about how we can provide a great, comfortable experience to fans with social distancing at the forefront in whatever phase they’re about to enter,” says See. “Because of those relationships and that communication going back and forth, we’ve been successful in getting that green light.”

“It was really important to us not to just do one and be done. It wouldn’t be Live Nation. It wouldn’t be the concert industry leader. We wanted to make a bigger statement.”

Tickets will go on sale for most of the people on Friday. Prices range, however See stated tickets might be as little as $125 per automobile, roughly $31 per individual.

“I’m very excited to do this because I wanted to make sure, if we were going to do anything like this, that they had the important stuff worked out,” Paisley stated in an interview with the AP. “My goal would be not to spread this virus to one person. There should be no spread from this. That’s key. I just don’t think it’s worth doing shows if we’re putting people at risk.”

“The idea that we’re outdoors is a great thing,” Paisley added. “I just think it’s a fun way to watch a concert anyway. It’d be fun if there wasn’t a virus.”

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