COVID-19 has brought live performances to a halt. But one clever way that some artists are reviving the concert experience is by performing at car parks.
VNV Nation performed their first-ever drive-in concert at the Hamburg cruise terminal. You can watch a video from the stage shot by Ronan Harris himself of their performance of “Nova.”
Look, this is incredibly weird. No one was allowed to get out of their cars. The people parked in the back could barely see the stage. Everyone flashed their lights and honked their horns for applause.
But it’s also kind of charming in a show-must-go-on sorta way. Ronan posted on Facebook that the reason they’re doing these shows is to support the crews and musicians who lost their incomes due to the lockdown. It may be weird, but it’s an important endeavor and it’s all we have at the moment.
VNV Nation will perform a second drive-in concert on August 1 in Magdeburg, Germany. For more information, visit the Facebook Event page here.
Drive-in concerts might be the wave of the foreseeable future. Synthpop pioneer Gary Numan just announced a drive-in tour in which he’ll be performing 12 shows at car parks across England. A drive-in concert makes perfect sense for Gary Numan because, well, you know.
Fans who attended the performance are starting to upload videos to Youtube that will give you an idea of what it was like to experience the show from a car.
Here is “Beloved:”
Here is “Illusion:”
Here is “Resolution:”