Hampshire to host the South’s first “drive-in” live music event
The SOLD OUT 19th June event in Royal Victoria Country Park is thought to be the first event of its kind in the South. The “drive-in gig” will be headlined by Sean McGowan, a regular on festival bills up and down the country and one of the area’s best loved musicians. He will he joined on the bill by pop music’s rising stars “Bash!” and Southsea-based indie-folk duo “Me and the Moon”. Tickets are being sold on a “per car” basis, meaning up to 5 members of a music loving household will be able to enjoy an evening’s entertainment for the price of a single ticket. Spokesman George Rashbrook from organiser SoundLevel Events said “This will be such a unique and exciting evening. Events like this have been a massive hit in Europe this year but we haven’t seen anything like it in the UK.” “We were devastated when we had to cancel a whole summer’s worth of live events due to the lockdown. It could be months before we’re allowed to put on traditional gigs again. We know our audiences don’t want to wait that long and we’re genuinely excited to be able to bring them some amazing live music in a safe, controlled environment”.
Social distancing The event has been meticulously planned to fully comply with the current social distancing requirements. While the music will be broadcast from on-stage speakers like a conventional show, each car will also be given a fully sanitised wireless speaker so they can enjoy the show in full without leaving their car. Those that would prefer to step out of their car will be given detailed instructions on how they can enjoy the music while never being less than 2m from anyone outside of their own household. Hampshire County Council, who manage Royal Victoria Country Park, will be managing food and drink sales on the night and providing access to toilet facilities. Peter Nicholson from SoundLevel Events said “We already had a good relationship with Hampshire Council due to the regular events we run at Lepe Beach and Netley Hospital Chapel. When we approached them with the idea of doing a “drive-in gig” they loved it! We’ve worked closely with them to make this event work and give the residents of Hampshire a really lovely evening in a beautiful setting”. A first rate line-up It’s not just the audience that need to follow social distancing rules. The team at SoundLevel Events had to work hard to put together a line-up that can be onstage together without falling foul of government guidance. Bash! - Four of the five band members live together. Keyboard player John Burfield is going to have his own separate stage so he’s at least two metres from the rest of the band. Me and the Moon are a couple off stage as well as on so they can perform together with no issues. Sean McGowan is used to touring the UK and internationally with a full live band but learned his craft playing hundreds of gigs armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a microphone. He’ll be headlining the night playing a solo set of his best loved material with the potential for a new song or two. “Can’t wait for this. Over the moon to be involved in something positive during such scary and negative times. Much the same as everyone else my life and career was drastically changed as a result of this pandemic. Looking forward to reconnecting in a safe and considered environment.”. - Sean McGowan