Drive-in live music and streaming in the age of coronavirus

It was the kind of inspired idea that had musicians across the globe swapping notes. In Denmark late last month, 500 tickets sold out within minutes to a live, drive-in concert by popular Danish singer-songwriter Mads Langer in an open field on the outskirts of the city of Aarhus.

Cars were spaced out to meet social-distancing requirements, the music was broadcast on FM radio, and fans could remain in their vehicles and get closer to Langer via video-conferencing tool Zoom.

Danish musician Mads Langer performs to an audience in socially distanced cars.

Now Australians are embracing the concept: just last week, Casey Donovan held a drive-in concert in a car park in Sydney’s inner west, applauded via flashing headlights, and Keith Urban recently did the same in Tennessee as a thank-you to US healthcare workers.

“I think it’s a great idea,” says Jon Hart, singer and keyboard player for Australian band Boy and Bear.

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