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Drive-In tour abandoned over lockdown fears

23 July 2020

A SERIES of drive-in concerts at 12 sites across has been cancelled by promoter Live Nation Entertainment (LNE), which cites the potential for local lockdowns as the reason.

Sponsored by energy company Utilita, the concerts promised a typical capacity of 300 cars with up to seven people per car, for artistes including Ash, Beverley Knight, Dizzee Rascal, Kaiser Chiefs, Lightening Seeds and The Streets.

The concerts were designed to be Covid-secure, with protocols in place for artistes, audience and staff, while sites for the event included Teesside International Airport, Filton Airfield in Bristol, Lincolnshire Showground and The National Bowl in Milton Keynes.

“We received huge support from artistes, the live music production contractors, our headline sponsor Utilita and the fans,” says an LNE statement. “However, the latest developments regarding localised lockdowns means it has become impossible for us to continue with the series with any confidence.”

Andrew Billingham, speaking for the Filton Airfield site owner, where Bristol’s YTL Arena is being constructed, tells LIVE UK, “‘We are bitterly disappointed that Live Nation have had to cancel. They had put together an exciting and diverse line-up for Bristol with several events selling-out in days.”

Refunds for the tickets, which started at £20, were promised within seven days of cancellation.

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