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Move over drive-in movies, it's time for drive-in concerts
The drive-in experience is about to get a whole lot more exciting with plans for a series of live drive-in concerts across the UK this summer. Leading live entertainment company, Live Nation Entertainment, has announced Utilita Live From The Drive-In which will involve live concerts being screened from 12 venues throughout the country, including Birmingham's Resorts World Arena. Live Nation says it is reimagining the live music experience during a time of social distancing by allowing fans to enjoy concerts in a one-of-a-kind drive-in setting from their own private individual viewing zones next to their cars. Designed to comply with all official guidelines, Utilita Live From The Drive-In promises to deliver the UK's premier drive-in experience featuring a series of music concerts, theatre performances, comedy shows and family experiences this summer.

Utilita Live from the Drive-in
How the drive-in entrance will look. Credit Mohammad Qazalbash


The concerts, backed by Utilita Energy, will see some of the biggest names in UK music perform live on stage. The shows are supported by a full concert production that audiences can experience from the comfort of their designated area, with each vehicle appropriately distanced from one another. Confirmed live performances already include Ash, Beverley Knight, Bjorn Again, Brainiac Live, Brand New Heavies, Camp Bestival Live, Cream Classical Ibiza, Dizzee Rascal, Embrace, Gary Numan, Jack Savoretti, Kaiser Chiefs, Lightning Seeds, Nathan Dawe, Reggae Roast Vs Gentleman's Dub Club, Russell Watson, Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, Sigala, Skindred, The Snuts, The Streets, The Zutons and Tony Hadley. A full list of performance schedules can be found by visiting www.livenation.co.uk/utilitalivefromthedrivein

Utilita Live From The Drive-In
Live concerts given the drive-in experience. Credit Mohammad Qazalbash


Peter Taylor, Live Nation Promoter, said: "We are excited to bring Utilita Live From The Drive-In to fans across the UK. This outdoor concert series was created as a way to reimagine the live music experience during a time of social distancing by allowing fans to enjoy concerts in the safest way possible. Each event will comply with all official Government guidelines in order to protect fans, artists, crews and staff." Tickets will be available from 10am on Monday 22nd June at LiveNation.co.uk with information on entry prices and on-sale dates. Utilita Live From The Drive-In will have a capacity of approximately 300 cars per show and boast concert quality sound from a live stage with a full state of the art sound system, lighting rig and high definition LED screens, creating an arena or stadium concert feel in a safe drive-In setting. Venues will open at the end of July until September 2020. Performance timings will vary across the day with morning, afternoon, early evening and late evening performances, depending on the artist and productions. Some performances will run twice on the same day.

Utilita Live From The Drive-In
Top bands such as the Kaiser Chiefs already signed up. Credit Mohammad Qazalbash


The 12 sites across the UK are:

Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
Bolton, University of Bolton Stadium
Bristol, Filton Airfield
Cheltenham, Cheltenham Racecourse
Edinburgh, The Royal Highland Centre
Leeds, Leeds East Airport
Lincoln, Lincolnshire Showground
Liverpool, Central Docks Liverpool Waters
London, *venue to be announced
Milton Keynes, The National Bowl
Newmarket, Newmarket Racecourse
Teesside, Teesside International Airport

Fans can purchase a ticket for 2 to 7 people per car, but standard passenger vehicles only. Tickets will only be available online from official outlets via www.livenation.co.uk, www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.gigsinscotland.com (Scotland only).
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Why? Live concerts coming to a drive-in near you this summer
When: July to September 2020
Where: Resorts World Arena, Perimeter Road, Birmingham B40 1NT
Cost: Cost of tickets varies
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