Central Docks to host summer of drive-in concerts

Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley and the Lightning Seeds will be among the top names playing to socially-distanced audiences at 20 shows in Liverpool’s northern docklands. Tony McDonough reports

Tony Hadley
Former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley will perform in Liverpool this summer


Liverpool’s northern docklands will play host to 20 drive-in concerts this summer featuring artist such as former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley and the Lightning Seeds.

Live Nation Entertainment has chosen 12 venues across the the UK to host the concerts from July to September and all the events will comply with COVOD-safety measures with a limit of 300 cars for each show with each vehicle appropriately distanced.

The 20 Liverpool concerts will be held at Central Docks, part of the £5bn Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme which will see the creation of five brand new neighbourhoods, in the historic docklands.

Confirmed artists due to take the stage in Liverpool include Tony Hadley, the Lightning Seeds, Beverley Knight, Russel Watson, Embrace as well as Ash, Gary Newman, Cream Classical Ibiza, Sigala, Brainiac and Dizzee Rascal, with more to be announced.

They will feature quality sound from a live stage with a full state of the art sound system, lighting rig and high definition LED screens, creating an arena or stadium concert feel in a setting to help protect fans, artists, crews and staff at all times.

Liza Marco, asset manager at Liverpool Waters, part of Peel L&P, said:We know that so many people will be missing the opportunities to go to festivals and concerts that the summer would usually bring, so we’re delighted to be able to host these concerts, for people to come along with family and friends, to enjoy some fantastic live music in a safe way.

Liverpool Waters has hosted some incredible, diverse events in the past, such as Creamfields Steel Yard and last year holding the European Tour’s Hero Challenge at Princes Dock, so we’re excited to welcome people back to the waterfront this summer.”

Tickets for Utilita Live From The Drive-In will be available from Monday, June 22, by clicking here.

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