Utilita Live from the Drive-In

A summer programme of drive-in events is coming to Bristol.

The team responsible for the YTL Arena Complex, Bristol, are working with global entertainment company Live Nation to present an exciting summer of live music, theatre and cinema events.

The events will be held on the former Filton Airfield. It is one of 12 locations hosting Utilita Live from the Drive-In - a series of events taking place across the UK, organised by Live Nation.

Among those due to perform in Bristol are Brainiac Live, Russell Watson, Tony Hadley, Sigala, Gary Numan and Jack Savoretti.

Tickets for the first events will go on sale on Monday (22 June) and more acts will be announced in the weeks to come.

Live from the Drive-In will run for six weeks from the end of July, with up to 20 different shows a week, offering family entertainment, as well as live music, theatre and cinema.

The event aims to reopen the live entertainment market while adhering to strict social distancing guidelines, allowing fans to return to live events and keep safe from Covid-19. The capacity of each event will be capped to around 280 cars with adequate spacing in between. There will be socially distant audience facilities to keep all event-goers as safe as possible while allowing them to enjoy the atmosphere of a live event.

Sarah McBride, Partnerships Director for YTL Arena Complex, said: “We are incredibly excited to be hosting Live Nation’s drive-in events here at the former Filton Airfield. This is an opportunity for the live events sector to start up again safely, supporting staff, performers and restoring confidence in audiences. This is going to be an exciting summer, packed with a range of events for all ages to enjoy and we look forward to welcoming everyone on site.”

Earlier this year YTL’s plans to repurpose the Brabazon Hangars to create an arena for Bristol and the south west were granted planning permission.

YTL Arena Complex Managing Director, Andrew Billingham, said: ’These events are important for us to host as we look forward to the future arena opening, and continue to support bringing live events to Bristol. Our location and sheer vast amount of space allows us to be creative and to work with Live Nation to put on these events.

‘Following the hugely successful Massive Attack events in 2019, to bring forward nearly two months of live drive-in entertainment to Bristol in 2020 is fantastic.’

The former Filton Airfield is owned by YTL and is currently being transformed into Brabazon new neighbourhood. 

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To buy tickets or for more information about Live at the Drive-In events worldwide, please visit livenation.co.uk

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