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Published June 19th 2020
Update July 28th 2020
UPDATE: All performances part of the Utilita Live From The Drive-In concert series have been cancelled. Promoters LiveNation have stated that this is due to issues relating to Covid-19. Full refunds are available from point of purchase. For full statement, see: www.livenation.co.uk/utilitalivefromthedrivein
Gigs are back
The current pandemic has decimated the summer's gig and festival calendar, with hundreds of shows and events cancelled.
But if you're missing your live music fix, then help is at hand thanks to LiveNation's exciting Utilita Live From The Drive-In series.
Sigala, Dizzie Rascal, The Streets, Beverley Knight, Embrace and Gary Numan, are among the artists who'll be appearing at Birmingham's NEC over August and into September 2020.
Black Country soul singer Beverley Knight, who recently celebrated 25 years in music.
Full concert production is promised, with West End theatre extravaganzas, DJs, children's TV characters, and much more promised.
Taking place in North Car Park 5, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC)/ Resorts World complex - just off the M42, in easy reach of Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry - audiences will be able to experience the entertainment from the comfort of their own vehicles, with each suitably spaced.
Sites will be limited to 300 cars and attendees can sit outside of their vehicles, on their own fold-out chairs, or stand, within their own socially distanced space.
With further acts and shows to be added, the Live From The Drive-In line-up includes former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley (7 Aug), Staffordshire DJ Nathan Dawe (8 Aug), Sigala (12 Aug, 7pm) and The Streets, aka Brum's own Mike Skinner (12 Aug, 9pm).
UK dancehall and reggae stars Reggae Roast and Gentleman's Dub Club Sound System (13 Aug), Wolverhampton soul star Beverley Knight (14 Aug), rock/ ragga combo Skindred (16 Aug) and tenor Russell Watson (18 Aug) also appear.
Ensuring a varied line-up, science show Brainiac Live (19 Aug), rising indie band The Snuts (19 Aug), legendary ABBA tribute Bjorn Again (20 Aug), and Cream Classical Ibiza (22 Aug) continue the programme.
Concluding August and heading into September, look out too for Britpop survivors Embrace (26 Aug), Mark Ronson-produced jazz funkateers The Brand New Heavies (27 Aug), British rap/ grime hero Dizzie Rascal (29 Aug), Ireland's Ash (30 Aug), synth pioneer Gary Numan (1 Sep) and Liverpool's reformed The Zutons (1 Sep) - who closed Moseley Folk Festival with a storming set last year.
The Brand New Heavies, who've recently been working with famed producer Mark Ronson.
LiveNation's Utilita Live From The Drive-In series is also taking place at other locations around the UK, including venues in London, Liverpood, Bolton, Milton Keynes, Teesdie, Edinburgh, Newmarket, Bristol, Lincoln, Leeds and Cheltenham. Line-ups vary from venue-to-venue, with other acts including Kaiser Chiefs, Lightning Seeds Jack Savoretti, and classical siblings Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason.