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Concert venue reopening as drive-in to maintain social distancing among attendees

News 12/05/2020

An independent live music club in New Hampshire has announced their plans to reopen as a drive-in venue later this month.

"I'm not going to pretend that I have figured out all of the details," Tupelo Music Hall owner, Scott Hayward admitted via their website. "But I want to share with you what I do know now that the Town of Derry has given me a permit to do this."

He explained that people would have to buy tickets in advance to each concert and it will be a ticket per car. Attendees will have to arrive before the showtime and provide email confirmations to venue staff before being escorted to their parking spot. Each spot will be a safe social distance from each other.

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"The spots on either side of your car are open (we park in every-other spot). You can either sit in your car and listen to the show broadcast through the Derry FM station, or you take a lawn chair out of the trunk and sit in the spot on the driver's side of your car. You don't leave the spot. There's no walking around. Your spot is your home. Stay home. You essentially have your car and the open spot next to it."

During the show, the band will be performing on a riser at the venue entrance accompanied by a "modest sound system" that attendees can hear from far. Food can also be ordered via the phone and brought to your car by staff members in gloves and masks. "Clean as a COVID-free whistle," he explained.

The first show Hayward has planned is a "cool little acoustic set" on 16th May. Although he didn't reveal the headliner, he noted that it wouldn't be Aerosmith. He also estimated that their venue would be able to accommodate roughly 75 cars per show, while the potential of hosting multiple concerts a day... almost like a drive-in cinema.

A city in Denmark has already done a drive-in concert as they have erected a stage on the city's outskirts where singer Mads Langer performed to a car audience. Attendees could turn up their FM dials to the specific radio station to listen to his set live on air.