The Jakarta Post
Kahitna performs at its 30th anniversary concert in 2016. The ‘80s group from Bandung, known for their balladic renditions, is a featured performer in the upcoming “Drive-In Konser” in August, which claims to be the first of its kind in Indonesia. (Courtesy of Berlian Entertainment/-)
A drive-in concert titled Danamon Optimal New Live! Experience will run at the West Parking Lot of JIEXpo Kemayoran in Central Jakarta on Aug. 29 to 30.
The musical event will feature much-adored Indonesian pop band Kahitna in collaboration with singers Afgan and Armand Maulana.
Concert promoter Berlian Entertainment with Mata Elang Production and Mahaka Radio Integra (MARI) expressed hope that the concert would quench the thirsts of music lovers who have longed to enjoy the festive atmosphere of outdoor concerts, which have now become scarce due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With the drive-in concept, we want to show a new way to enjoy music concerts in a pandemic by maintaining safety for the entire audience within the comfort of their own cars,” Dino Hamid, CEO of Berlian Entertainment, said during a press conference on Wednesday.
With prices starting from Rp 577,500 (US$39.27), tickets are available on tiketapasaja.com.
One ticket is valid for one car with two passengers, and one car is only allowed to have three passengers at most. A car with three passengers must have an additional ticket.
As a drive-in concert is a relatively unfamiliar concept for most Indonesian concertgoers, the promoters are setting strict rules for the audience.
For instance, only non-diesel vehicles at a height of less than 2 meters are allowed in the venue. For the full experience, cars must have good FM radio with a good audio system, as any sound from the stage will be broadcast through radio waves.
Concertgoers have to submit their health data and car plates to promoters two days prior to the concert, in forms they will receive via email.
All attendees have to bring their own hand sanitizer, wear face masks and are recommended to use face shields.
During the concert, audience members are not permitted to get out from their cars except when they need to use the restroom.
Only those aged 10 to 59 are allowed to attend. Pregnant women and those with flu symptoms are prohibited from entering.
Stricter concert rules have become a must amid the pandemic. If drive-in concerts like this can succeed, it may provide new options for the entertainment industry, which has been hit hard by COVID-19. (wng)
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