Festival Organiser Pivots to Provide Drive-in Experiences

Drive-In Movie Nights
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Covid-19 has destroyed the events industry, but Mainstage Festivals are rolling with it and planning @TheDriveIn drive-in movie events instead. You can experience the buzz while maintaining social separation in your car.

Mainstage Festivals specialise in providing huge music events in scenic locations.  They are known for Snowboxx and Elevations, both 5000 person festivals in the breathtaking ski resort of Avoriaz in the French Alps and Snowboxx New Zealand, its counterpart on the Southern Hemisphere.

With social distancing measures in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Mainstage are being innovative by changing tack to deliver outstanding outdoor movie experiences in the form of several drive-in big screen events.

@TheDriveIn events will range from comedy and bingo and silent car discos, ahead of a film you can listen to on your car radio.

Running for 12 weeks, across 11 cities, @TheDriveIn will begin in South London on July 2 before travelling to Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Southampton, Brighton and finishing in East London on September 20. Each location will host six screenings.

Visitors will be able to comply with social distancing rules form inside your car while ordering from a food delivery app to get American style snacks served by staff on roller skates.

Alan Crofton, organiser of @TheDriveIn, said: “We are incredibly excited to bring our modern day version on the classic drive in to the UK this summer. Expect a myriad of entertainment from comedy to silent car discos to delicious American-style food delivered directly to your cars ahead of watching your favourite film. Our aim for @TheDriveIn is to be an experience that brings real joy this summer and the perfect antidote to a post-lockdown world, and we promise to deliver it within a safe yet fun environment.”

Tickets start from £35 per car and go on sale from Wednesday 27th May 2020.

Full list of @TheDriveIn Screenings

At the drive in dates and venues

London, South: 2nd – 5th July
Birmingham: 9th – 12th July
Manchester: 16th – 19th July
Newcastle: 23rd – 26th July
Edinburgh: 30th July – 2nd August
Glasgow: 6th – 9th August
Liverpool: 13th – 16th August
Cardiff: 20th – 23rd August
Bristol: 27th – 30th August
Southampton: 3rd – 6th September
Brighton: 10th – 13th September
London, East: 17th – 20th September

Find out more about setting up your own outdoor movie screening

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