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the near-future of rock shows

There’s no PA, so the only way you can really hear the show is through the FM simulcast local to the parking lot. Vendors deliver your food and merch that you order from your phone.

On Sunday, I drove 13yo & their friend to see a NJ Folk-Punk band, The Front Bottoms, play a drive-in show at Citizens’ Bank Park(ing lot). It was a totally fine if somewhat surreal experience. The video tells you everything you’ll need to know about my experience that night.

The Front Bottoms @ Citizens’ Bank Park – 23 August 2020

Basically the way drive-in concerts work, is that you literally park in a parking lot, a stage is up at the front, and you are really encouraged to stay in your car to enjoy the show. There’s no PA, so the only way you can really hear the show is through the FM simulcast local to the parking lot. Vendors deliver your food and merch that you order from your phone. It’s a pretty straightforward set-up and one can imagine this taking off as an alternative, maybe even preferred, for adults to hit a show rather than camping on a lawn.

I think if it was a band I knew, and if I wasn’t there purely in a chaperoning capacity, it’d be a great time. The kids loved it. I just spent a lot of time slowly becoming more emo as the show went on, while the realization crept upon me that I was, by far, the oldest person in the parking lot. Not a lot of other parents there, which makes me feel like these kids are bad-asses.