Drive-In Concerts Replace Traditional Concert Settings

With new social distancing guidelines, performing artists have adapted by making the audience listen in their car.

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WIth the sudden halt from COVID-19, tours and concerts have been cancelled and postponed well in 2021. Musicians have begun to create virtual event, drive-in concerts, or cancel their sets all together.

Many bat an eye to the idea of going to one of these concerts, as they cannot receive the full experience that a normal live concert can offer; but as safety precautions prohibit these large gatherings, there is no other safe way of listening to your favorite artist or bands’ live music. Coming from someone who regularly goes to concerts, sophomore Lauren Deguzman shared her perspective on attending concerts.

“My favorite thing about going to a live concert is the environment and the experience,” Deguzman said. “I love meeting new people that share the same interest in music as me and being able to connect with everyone there. It’s so fun to be able to feel the music flowing through your body while you can dance with all of your friends and just have a great time overall.”

One venue hosting these concerts is Schaumberg’s Wintrust Field, also known as Boomer Stadium. These concerts are hosted right outside the stadium in the parking lot and can accommodate many concert fanatics. Many concertgoers find themselves buying tickets for their favorite artist regardless of location, seating or environment. One of these is freshmen Jack Schwisow.

“I went to a drive-in concert down in Schaumburg on the first weekend of October,” Schwisow said. “I went to see the alternative rock artist Andrew McMahon. I prefer normal concerts, but it’s definitely a different experience going to a drive in.”

There is still a concern for many on whether or not people will abide by the guidelines implemented due to COVID-19. Many wonder if people will just get out of the car and socialize anyways, disregarding safety. Some ask if it is pointless because people will still have to use the public restrooms at the venue, and outside of concerts, some will still interact with people disregarding safety concerns. Sophomore Evie Manke plans to attend a drive-in concert and shared her point of view on the subject when asked if she thought people would abide by guidelines and whether it would be safe.

“I don’t think safety will be a concern at the concert,” Manke said. “I plan on attending as I will be sure to wear a mask if I exit the car and try to stay safe. I just hope others can do the same so we can all be safe and have a blast.”

Whether or not drive-in concerts are as entertaining and fun as normal concerts is up for debate, but as of right now, it is the most convenient and safe way to see your favorite artists and bands live.