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socially-distanced concert experience

I miss live music. We all miss live music. The concert-going experience is sacred, holy, and just really freaking fun. And I miss it.

So when it was announced that The Front Bottoms would be performing in the lot of Citizen’s Bank Park, I knew I wanted to go, but I definitely didn’t know what to expect.

It went…. much better than expected. The Chainsmokers Hamptons concert it was not.


Here is a play-by-play of our experience:

The friends who I went with I see frequently, and we all have been social-distancing/wearing masks, so we felt safe going together.

We entered into the Citizens Bank Park lot, where our ticket was scanned and we were confirmed for our section. We also had to pop open the truck for drug-sniffing dogs to inspect, and before we knew it we were on our way. I was expecting a cluster-f*ck of cars, but that was not the case. Color me shook. Shout out to the Live Nation crew who was working hard to make this a seamless, safe entrance.

The car was marked to indicate we were in the Red section

We were given a QR code for our car for ordering food and drinks, along with a merch card to purchase merch. We brought our own food to the concert and didn’t use this option, but you would be delivered your food to your car; no need to wait in a food or drink line. And yes, porta-potties were there.

There was space between every car, and it’s only four people allowed per ticket/car. There were three ticket sections to purchase from – Gold was closest to the stage, followed by Red, then Blue – we were in the Red section. As long as we sat on the car roof, the truck and stayed in our general area, we were allowed to take off our masks. And yes, security was monitoring.

I think it was such a positive, safe experience (at least it was for my and my friends) because people were respectful and stayed in their areas. (Full disclosure I did go to see my boyfriend at a nearby car and was told by security to go back to my car because there were five people in the area. I’M SORRY).

Franklin had a WONDERFUL time at his first concert
There were also multiple screen set up for better viewing

And then, voila! The show began. Their set was about two-hours long, and we enjoyed from the roof of the car. It was just really nice to see people excited about live music and to feel like part of a music crowd again. Was it a weird experience? Yes – very surreal and futuristic, not in the best way. Would I do it again if it was a band I liked? Yes, I probably would.

Breakdown of pros and cons:

PROS:

  • The crowd around us was respectful and I didn’t feel unsafe. I didn’t see anyone who was too drunk/reckless.
  • The process of getting in and out of the parking lot was seamless.
  • LIVE MUSIC.

CONS:

  • The sound from the stage wasn’t that ideal (not blaming the band). There is an option to turn on a station in your car to hear the concert live, but that also presents problems as the person’s car battery next to us died from doing that. I would forgo that option and just listen to the live music.
  • Part of it made me sad that this will be our future for a bit longer 😦 WEAR MASKS PPL

If you have any questions about my experience, please feel free to shoot me a DM! If you were at the show, let me know what you thought of it.

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