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In a first for Ireland, LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN is a drive-in music event series scheduled to place across the country at multiple sites from July 20th, 2020

LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN is thrilled to announce platinum selling Dublin singer song-writer Gavin James as its first headline artist

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At its core, the objective of LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN and its organizers is to provide an entertainment space where fans from across the country can enjoy a live music experience again while adhering to all WHO and Governmental Covid-19 safety recommendations and guidelines. LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN will deliver safe, family friendly entertainment during this difficult time and will feature some of Ireland’s most popular artists headlining. Given the unique style of LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN events and limited capacity, we expect demand to be high and anticipate it to be one of the most highly anticipated events of this year.

The organizers have advised a car entry capacity per show from 250 – 300 cars. Some sites will be able to comfortably accommodate the larger end of this scale, others the smaller end. More detail on this will be supplied via the LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN website. With Gavin James headlining, the series will kick off at the following cities;

Tickets priced at €60 + booking fees and taxes per car of four will go on sale at on Friday May 29th at 9am.

*For Limerick show tickets will also be on sale via our regional promoter’s site

  • Proceeds from each event will be given to a nominated charity of the headline band’s choosing. Gavin James chosen charity is Down Syndrome Association of Ireland.

We are delighted to announce GAVIN JAMES as our first headline artist. During LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN series different headlines artists will feature weekly. It is planned for two shows per day. A matinee show which is expected to commence circa 4pm and an evening show starting at 8pm approx. More detail on this will be supplied via closer to the event(s) start date. We are looking forward to announcing additional artists also in the coming weeks. It’s been just over two months single Gavin James sold the 3Arena, at the conclusion of his ‘Last Ticket Home Tour’, and he will now be the first Irish act to perform a Drive-In tour around Ireland as part of LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN. This is Gavin’s ‘Boxes Drive-In Tour’!. James has had a massive over 1.5 Million Streams of his just released his new single ‘Boxes’ since its release last week. Over the last five years Gavin has grown to be one of Ireland’s most respected singer-songwriter performers worldwide. Since his ‘Live at Whelans’ album in 2015, Gavin has amassed over one billion global streams, sold over 250,000 concert tickets, had over 100 million views of his videos on YouTube and in Brazil alone Gavin went to number one in the charts and reached over 100 million people after his single ‘Nervous’ was used on the soundtrack to the telenovela (soap opera) Pega Pega. Gavin is rightly excited about getting to perform outside of his house once again!

This inspired initiative is the brainchild of Carl Owens of MPI Artists and when the initial planning framework was in place it was a no brainer to engage with Mark Dunne of 360 Management. “What followed is MPI Artists together with 360 Event Management brainstorming on how we could provide a viable live performance experience for artists and fans alike during these unprecedented times.” said Carl Owens from MPI.

The Live Independent Music industry in Ireland is decimated by Covid-19. Our industry personnel are predominantly freelance so when Covid-19 restrictions were rightly instructed, employment opportunities seemed closed us and so many of our colleagues. Mark commented, “We were driven not to give up so we started to explore every possible avenue in order to bring a live experience to music fans across the country. We know we have something we ourselves would buy a ticket for and would feel safe attending.”

LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN is planned for a six-week run from July 20th, when we expect our Government will commence Phase III of its Covid-19 plans for re-opening Ireland and offers employment to industry live crew nationally such as; gear handlers, roadies, lighting designers, monitor engineers, production crew (the list is endless), some of our industry personnel who otherwise would be unemployed this summer. With sadly no official festival season in 2020, LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN is not a substitute but an inspired and welcome unique and family friendly way to help reintroduce music to the Irish market. The safety of our staff and general public is paramount and in order for the Irish economy to reopen for business we must all respect the public health guidelines and respect social distancing.

Editors notes – Please scroll down for additional information relating to LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN in the following order. The information listed is what we have to hand at time of writing. When more information is available we will be happy to update you. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

  • Health and Safe Notes and Frequently Asked Questions

  • The people behind LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN

  • Interviews

  • Useful Assets

  • Commencing


LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN is a unique and family friendly way to reintroduce music to the Irish market.

The safety of our staff and general public is paramount and in order for the Irish economy to reopen for business we must all respect the public health guidelines and respect social distancing.

Your car

Arrive in your car, stay in your car, leave in your car

1. Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets are only available online at from xxx on Friday May 29th / Saturday May 30th

There will be no walk-up sales on the day, 1 ticket per car.

Max occupants per car is 4 under those aged 18 years are welcome.

2. Can I come with my friends?

In order to respect public health guidelines, it is recommended that only members of the same household attend.

3. Can Alcohol be purchased on site

No, there is no alcohol permitted on site, this is a family friendly event and there will be no bars on site, and it is not permitted to bring your own beer, anybody found to be consuming alcohol will be asked to leave the site

4. Can I bring food and snacks?

Yes, you can, we ask all customers to please bring their rubbish home with them.

More details on food procedure will follow

5. I am worried about public safety

Please be assured that every staff member on site receives rigorous safety training and full PPE is provided for all our staff and each site operates a very detailed Covid-19 management plan.

Social distancing rules are strictly followed on site.

6. Are there toilets on site?

Yes, there will be general and disabled toilets on site, these are to be used as an emergency facility rather than a public amenity.

If you have to go you have to go.

6. Am I allowed to leave my car at any time?

We recommend you remain in your vehicle however if you need exit to use the toilets that is fine.

7. Can I dance?

Yes, you can as long as you do it from the comfort of your car, exiting your car to have a boogie is not allowed.

8. What if I need any sort assistance on site.

No problem we have a team onsite that will be constantly monitoring vehicles, we are here to help, just roll down your window and give us a wave.

9. What do I need to attend Live at the drive in.

A ticket, a car and a working radio, FM transmitter frequency will be supplied on site.

10. What is the most important piece of advice I can listen to?

Listen to our staff and please obey all instructions from them, we are here to help and here to help you enjoy the show. It is important customers follow the instructions given to them.

11. Is there reserved parking?

No, parking is unreserved and is on a first come first served basis, drive in staff will marshal you to your spot, please follow staffs parking instructions as each space has been carefully measured.

12. What kind of vehicles are not allowed?

Vans, High roof vans, trucks, coach’s, minibuses and motorbikes.

These vehicles will be refused access to the site. there medics onsite?

Yes, we have fully trained and equipped medical staff to assist you.

If you require assistance at any stage just let a member of our staff know.

14. Venue opening times.

Each event will open 1 hour before each performance, vehicles will not be permitted in site before then.

15. Leaving during the show

If for whatever reason you find you need to leave early just let our drive-in staff know and we will assist you.

16. Leaving after the show

There is a traffic management plan in place and drive in staff will assist the traffic flow to ensure that everyone gets to leave safely and without delay.

Please be patient with our staff.

  • The people behind LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN - MPI

LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN will be run by MPI and partners and headed up by Carl Owens from MPI team, booked by Mick Lennox, Martin Nolan, Julian O Brien and Carl Owens.

MPI is a Dublin-based independent entertainment company encompassing booking, management and programming services. We proudly represent a number of artists internationally as well as using our long-established relationships to source and provide talent for venues, festivals and events worldwide.

360 Event Management

LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN events will be managed by Mark Dunne from 360 Event Management in outdoor spaces and run within the social gathering guidelines set out by the Irish government.

Mark Dunne of 360 Management is the event controller for LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN and is responsible for dealing with Local Councils, An Garda Siochana, Health & Safety Authority etc. Mark Dunne has been responsible for managing some sizeable and auspicious events in his career to date, ranging from 1,000 – 100,000 attendees and including the 1916 Commemoration, Body & Soul Festival, Life Festival.

Mark has appointed in conjunction with MPI a team of health and safety officers, event managers, medics and security officers to ensure this event series sits within guidelines set out.

  • Commencing

LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN will commence once the Government announces it is proceeding with its Phase III Covid-19 plans for reopening Ireland. July 20 has been highlighted as the date from when LIVE AT THE DRIVE-IN events may begin across the country.



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