"Drive-In" Concerts Are Real and Coming to the U.S.

'Drive-In' Concerts Are Real and Coming to the U.S.
As music fans all know by now, live tours are effectively being shelved in 2020 due to COVID-19. But while many artists and fans focus on stay-at-home livestreams, other artists are getting a bit more IRL via so-called "drive-in" concerts.

While these "drive-in" events have been staged a few times over in Europe during the pandemic, electronic artist Marc Rebillet is trying to bring the experience to the U.S. — for better or worse.

In case it's unclear what a "drive-in" concert actually entails, it's an event where attendees basically drive up to the show in their cars (assuming they actually own one), sit in the thing and then watch some act far away play on some kind of stage setup, with the audio most likely coming out of your car speakers via FM radio.

If that sounds like your sort of live experience, Rebillet will be doing a drive-in tour in the U.S. It starts in June, and there will be socially-distant concerts in Texas, North Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma. Apparently, more dates will be announced soon, and a portion of the tour's proceeds will be donated to GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund.

The announcement comes as many in the U.S. demand the lockdown to end, despite the continued rise in COVID-19 cases. It also comes as certain states allow for concerts again, such as Missouri and Arkansas, with multiple new safety measures in place.

New modelling now suggests 134,000 people will die of COVID-19 in the U.S., which is nearly double the previous prediction. Over the past week, approximately 2,000 Americans died daily of COVID-19, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

Tour dates:

06/11 Charlotte, NC

06/18 Kansas City, KS

06/20 Tulsa, OK

06/25 Fort Worth, TX

06/26 Fort Worth, TX

07/02 Houston, TX

07/03 Houston, TX