Melbourne is getting a pop-up drive-in live concert venue
16/06/20 4:30PM UPDATE: UNTITLED GROUP has announced the musical line up. Read on for details.
When life gives you isolation-flavoured lemons, thank UNTITLED GROUP for their ways of making lemonade. This is the long-winded saying we have found ourselves saying over and over again for the last few months as we have covered the valiant efforts of one of Australia’s best promotion and management companies in the face of COVID-19 created adversity. Now today, we’re saying it again with the launch of what they’re calling ‘The Drive-In’.
With two spectacular “Virtual Day Parties” that gifted us isolated sets from Dom Dolla, Hayden James, Willaris. K, DJ Boring and more under their belt, the team are now setting their sights on the next phase of events. Set to take over the bowling lanes at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, ‘The Drive-In’ will play host to a series of 12 large scale concert events. With an aim to “reignite Victoria’s hurting live arts industry which was brought to a complete halt once COVID-19 restrictions came into effect,” Untitled Group said in a press statement that each of these events will create over 200 jobs within the live music sector.
Whats being described as a “pop-up precinct,” the venue’s line up is said to include “some of Australia’s best musical talent each weekend with an extended movie & comedy night programme to follow.”
For an idea of what to expect, you only have to look at the lengthy list of achievements Untitled Group have under their belt. This is the same team that has brought us Beyond The Valley, Ability Fest, Grapevine Gathering, Wildlands and more, so we can probably expect some fantastic events ahead of us!
Elsewhere in the press statement, organisers have confirmed accessibility measures have also been taken into account, saying “The raised festival stage will feature large viewing screens with parking grids designed for optimal site lines and the entire site being accessible for people of all levels of ability. Complimentary tickets are being allocated to the Dylan Alcott Foundation to distribute to those with disabilities.”
As for procedures and measures in place to help keep us all “COVID-safe,” the team have confirmed they have “developed event management plans with health professionals. Appropriate procedures and social distancing measures will be put in place for everyone to enjoy the show safely.”
DATES AND LINEUP
Friday, 10 July 2020: Client Liaison, Owl Eyes
Saturday, 11 July 2020: Alex Lahey, Alice Skye
Sunday, 12 July 2020: Winston Surfshirt, Mwanje
Thursday, 16 July 2020: Boo Seeka, Creature Fear
Friday, 17 July 2020: Running Touch, Set Mo
Saturday, 18 July 2020: Lime Cordiale, Micra
Friday, 24 July 2020, Ball Park Music , Big Words
Saturday, 25 July 2020: Northeast Party House, London Topaz
Sunday, 26 July 2020: Baker Boy, Close Counters
Words by Emma Jones