A New Way to Enjoy Live Music


( ENSPIRE Trending News ) Finding a Way to Have Safe Fun and See Your Favorite Artists Live Amid the Pandemic

ENSPIRE Contributor: Amanda Hirsch

COVID-19 has changed our lives. It has changed the way we interact with others, the way we conduct business, how often we leave our homes, how we walk down the street, and what we do for extracurriculars. It has also heavily affected almost all kinds of businesses and organizations. Arguably, concert venues and the music industry has experienced major drawbacks in terms of profitability. We’re just about five months into quarantine, and musicians and venues are beginning to collaborate on hosting safe and fun concerts amid the pandemic.

Philadelphia is now hopping on the train of hosting “drive-thru” concerts. On July 21, the popular alternative Philly radio station, 104.5, announced that in replace of their annual summer music festivals, they will be hosting a series of drive-thru concerts. Since COVID-19 has prevented large gatherings, they have reserved the Citizen’s Bank Parking Lot for fans in parked cars to enjoy live music once again. They have coined the series “Live-In Drive-Thru 104.5.” Featured anticipated artists include The Front Bottoms, Mt. Joy, AJR, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Lotus, The Struts, Subtronics, and more. Only one ticket is needed per car, and tickets go on sale on their website this Friday at 10:00 AM EST.

Another event hosted in Philadelphia is The Parking Lot Social. A five-day, COVID-proof party, The Parking Lot Social will include drive-in movies, comedy acts, musical performances, and games for people of all ages to enjoy. The events will take place at The Marine Parade Ground’s Navy Yard from July 22 to July 26. Only one ticket per car is required. Visit their website for ticket prices and a full schedule and join in to have some social distancing fun without ever leaving your car.

Photo: 104.5 Radio’s Live-In Drive-Thru.

COVID-19 may have put a pause on our summer plans, but we won’t let it discourage us from living our lives. Social interaction is something we all need. Whether you get that fix from talking on the phone with a friend, FaceTiming a family member, or going on a walk and smiling at strangers, we have to find safe ways to stay sane. Thankfully, we are adapting and moving forward together through safe and fun events like drive-thru concerts.

PhotoL The Parking Lot Social in Philadelphia July 22-26.