If you had asked us if we were interested in attending a drive in concert at the start of 2020, we would’ve thought you were crazy. But these are the crazy times we live in now, and if you love live events as much as we do, you’ll take whatever you can get. It’s entirely new concept, which is why we put together a guide detailing all the nuances of the drive in concert experience. Check back in for frequent updates as this phenomenon expands or if you’re looking for a Drive In Concert Near You.
How Much are Drive in Concert Tickets?
Drive in concert ticket prices range from $50-$100 per vehicle. It’s important to be aware of the number of people permitted to be in the car before additional tickets need to be purchased. Some events charge on a per car basis, in which case you can get the most bang for your buck by bringing your whole household.
However, others charge a base price for a car with two people, with additional tickets being required for any additional passengers. As a general rule of thumb, we advise purchasing one (1) ticket to start and then purchase any additional tickets required at the event.
Here’s a complete list of the current Drive In Concert Tickets available. While thus far the events have been concentrated in more rural parts of the country, we expect these events to continue to expand nationwide.
How Does the “Seating” Work?
Tickets can be sold in a few different ways depending on the venue, artist or promoter. It’s important to know how the event is structured before you purchase, since these variations can have a significant impact on your experience.
First Come, First Serve
Just like the process with general admission tickets at a typical concert. As soon as the lot opens, cars and trucks are parked as they arrive, moving from the front of the stage to the back. Knowing the time the “doors open” is just as important as the event start time.
By Vehicle Type
In this parking arrangement, the smaller the car, the closer you will be to the stage. The reason for this is to limit the obstructed views for those who are parked in the back rows. This is a more common practice at the venues or lots that are not designed for the events, meaning the lots are flat. It’s in your best interest to drive your compact car to these events to get the better “seat”, if you will.
Just like any concert goer is used to. Parking up front sells for a premium, with decreasing price points the further the parking spots are from the stage. Earlier reviews for “Concert in your Car” experiences are positive, so we have reason to believe the closer spots are worth it, just as they are under normal live event experiences.
Are There Concessions?
Again, it depends on the venue. More often than not, no food or drink is available for purchase at these events give the circumstances. We advise bringing your own food, but even then there may be a cost to do so. For example, Alan Jackson Small Town Drive-in Tour requires you to purchase a “cooler add-on” in order to bring one into the event.
How Do I Listen?
There are two options for this currently – either through an FM radio station or through a traditional concert speaker system. The majority of events are opting for the FM station, which allows for attendees to control their own volume and experience. The radio station uses geo-fencing, meaning that you must be within the grounds of the venue or lot in order to hear the performance.
Your in control of your speaker quality, so if you have the option of choosing between vehicles, we’d go with whichever has the better sound system!
Can I Leave My Vehicle?
Probably not. Most events that are currently scheduled prohibit attendees from exiting their cars or setting up a tailgate in their parking spot. As the CDC continues to relax their guidelines we could see more events go the route of traditional concert speaker systems, which would change the experience to be more similar to a tailgate.
How Many Cars Will Their Be?
The parking or “seating” capacity can vary greatly by event. Some events, like the one Ben Ballinger player in Austin, Texas, had only 25 cars.
Others are much larger, with the Concert In Your Car series at Globe Life Field accommodating 400 vehicles. Another concert in Denmark sold out with 600 cars in attendance.
Event organizers have made a point to keep these events on the smaller side to ensure an enjoyable experience for those in attendance. That being said, as these events become more and more prevalent, we anticipate the number of vehicles to increase.
Have a question about drive in concerts that we haven’t covered? Ask away in the comments below or contact our live event specialists!