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Drive In Concert FAQs
With worldwide restrictions on public gatherings affecting nearly every concert venue, drive in concerts have emerged as one of the only viable alternatives for live music, giving you a chance to see concerts in your car (or sometimes right outside of it).
To get you up to speed, here’s a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about drive in concerts.
What bands are playing drive in concerts?
The popularity of attending concerts in your car is growing, with new drive in shows announced daily.
Drive in concerts have been performed by moe., Umphrey’s McGee, the Disco Biscuits, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Goose, The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter, Billy Strings, Dark Star Orchestra, Yonder Mountain String Band, Twiddle, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and many others.
Are drive in concerts safe?
Drive in concerts started soon after lockdown orders began with the express goal of offering a safe, socially distanced way to see concerts.
While every venue is different and there is always a risk, drive in concert venues offer significantly better opportunities to watch the show a safe distance from others than their traditional counterparts.
Beyond that, nearly every venue we researched requires that masks be worn any time you’re not in your “pod” (see below) with the people you came with.
Are there speakers or do I bring my own?
In short, it depends. Some drive in concerts are broadcast over a PA system, just like you’d have at any other outdoor concert venue.
Other venues, and especially those that were built to show movies, offer an FM broadcast that everyone can tune into. For these shows, you can use the radio in your car, or any number of FM-based headphones and personal PA systems.
What is a “pod” at a drive in concert?
Much like a drive-in movie, everyone at a drive in concert has their own dedicated space, affectionately known as a pod, which covers the area for your car and your dance space.
How many people can I have in my pod?
Each pod is typically limited to 2-4 people who come into the event together, and usually offers a distancing-friendly perimeter of at least 6 feet between you and the next closest pod.
Before you purchase a ticket to a drive in concert, double check the vehicle capacity regulations and stay on top of any additional information shared by the band or venue.
Can I park wherever I want?
Drive in concert tickets are often tiered based on location and can be sold either per person (usually with a maximum per car) or per vehicle.
The venue may have a first-come-first-served policy for parking cars or you may get a designated spot at the time you purchase a ticket.
Can I dance and party outside of my car? How about outside my pod?
Drive in concerts differ depending on the venue and each locale’s COVID-19 protocols.
At some drive in concerts, fans are given a safely distanced area to watch the show from outside their cars while others ask that you stay in (or on top of) your car throughout the show.
Most venues frown upon leaving the pod for an extended period of time, as well as fraternizing in close proximity to people in other pods.
Is there a PA? Do I need to bring speakers?
Sound systems vary by venue. While some have robust, traditional live PA systems, others require you to listen through a local FM radio signal which you can do from your car or any number of FM-compatible portable speaker and headphone systems.
Can I get food and drinks at the venue? Can I bring my own?
While some drive in concerts are staged in places used to hosting events with proper vending and more, others are newly opened spaces that might just have a food truck or two.
Similarly, while some venues restrict outside food and drinks, others let you bring your own.
Check the venue website for all the details before you head out to the show.
What should I bring with me to a drive in concert?
Before you go see live music at a drive in concert, make sure you know what’s allowed and what the ground rules are for staying safe. As with food and drinks, the venue website is usually your best for ensuring you’ve got accurate information.
Some things to consider bringing are camping chairs, extra FM radios, auxiliary speakers, blankets, binoculars (you never know just how socially distanced you’ll be from the band), flashlights, ear plugs, umbrellas and rain gear.
Most venues will have hand sanitizer and hand washing stations, but it is a good idea to bring your own hand sanitizer just in case.
And don’t forget your mask!