Honk if you like my arias: the summer of drive-in culture

Now you’ve watched everything on Netflix, written a terrible novel and made a matchstick replica of the Hagia Sophia, you’re looking for a cultural fix beyond the front door. Follow Boris Johnson’s injunction to support the economy by driving to Newark show ground next month for what’s billed as the UK’s first drive-in musicfestival. True, you’ll be despoiling the planet just to get there, and, yes, the 10-day festival involves tribute acts impersonating Take That, Elton John, Billy Joel, Abba, the Killers and Elvis from a giant stage whose audio is pumped through your vehicle’s speakers, while you take receipt of street food from staff in PPE. looks forward to proving me wrong: “We are delighted to be in a position where we can offer a safe form of entertainment to the public while practising social distancing.” Up and down the country, drive-ins are opening as canny entrepreneurs see a business opportunity. Across the world, people are leaving lockdown, getting into their cars and chasingdownwhat passes for live culture at this difficult time while still socially distancing. He never parked his Vauxhall Tigra at a race track outside Bratislava repurposed as a hip-hop drive-in and wigged out (while responsibly upholding social distancingparameters), as young Slovakians did earlier this month. From late July to September, Live Nation and energy company Utilita will be hosting a drive-in concert series at 12 venues, including racecourses, airports and Bolton Wanderers football ground. Talent includes Ash, Lightning Seeds, the Streets, Tony Hadley and Ealing’s leading contribution to acid funk, the Brand New Heavies. Bring folding chairs if you want to sit in the designated areaaroundyour car and enjoy images from hi-definition LED screens and what is billed as concert-quality sound from the live stage.