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Scene Extra: Rev up for the Drive-In

THOUGHT the notion of a drive-in was purely an American cultural staple? Think again. Lockdown has led to a revival of the idea in the UK — and it just might be the future of live entertainment. At least for the foreseeable.

The Drive-In Club, coming to Brent Cross this Saturday and running until August 9, is offering the chance to see live comedy and music, as well as film screenings, from the comfort of your car (or the general area around it if the weather is nice, all socially distanced) and will provide some of the first mass live events since lockdown began.

How does it work? Well, sound is provided through a FM/DAB frequency, so you tune into the signal and you can hear through your car’s radio. Failing that you can also bring a portable radio with you or even tune in via a dedicated app on your smartphone.

You can’t bring your own food and drink but you will be able to order directly to your car via an app. And organisers have managed to attract some big-name talents to perform, including Bill Bailey, Jason Manford, Rachel Parris and Milton Jones. With live venues looking no closer to re-opening, this might be one of the few chances to catch your favourite comics in a live setting for some time.

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