Drive-In Concerts Are Replacing Music Festivals Near You

Drive-In Concerts Are Replacing Music Festivals Near You

Festival season in 2020 may have been a total bust, but festivals are being replaced by drive-in concerts. And they’re growing in popularity. Now is a new era in the concert industry, thanks to COVID-19.

The novelty of Livestream concerts is fading, and so many musicians and venues are exploring the option of socially distanced drive-in concerts. We are all aching for live, in-person music. So what’s it like to go to a drive-in concert?

Drive-in concerts
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The Grey Eagle (a popular Asheville music venue) is holding a drive-in concert series in Maggie Valley. Yonder Mountain String Band recently performed there. Attendee Kiki O’Connor said it was an awesome experience: “It’s a perfect place for music lovers that miss live music and still want to enjoy themselves in a safe and healthy way.” People are thankful for the opportunity, and enthusiastic about the chance to see live music again.

Here’s what drive-in concerts look like:

Many of these drive-in concerts charge one ticket per car while allowing four to six people per car. Masks are required. There is a socially-distanced area marked off for your car, and an area in front of your car where you can sit to watch the show. Some places are allowing you to bring in a cooler for an extra charge. Other venues offer concessions for audience members. Wherever you go, don’t forget your camping chairs and blankets!

Where You Can Find Drive In Concerts in NC

We’ve covered drive-in theaters in North Carolina. But with the advent of drive-in concerts, we need to outline where you can find live music near you:

Drive-in concerts in Maggie Valley
Image courtesy of The Grey Eagle.

This live-music response has been a creative work around a problem impacting musicians and concert venues across the state. These pseudo-concerts may not be your typical music festival, but they give you a great opportunity to get out of your house and fill your desire for live music. Hopefully, all our favorite festivals will return soon, but until then, check out some of these locations for info on upcoming events near you!

Don’t forget to catch the rest of our Lifestyle coverage, including other COVID-safe outdoor options near you!