West Lothian indie band The Snuts are among the acts counting the cost of the cancellation of a series of ‘drive-in’ shows arranged for 12 outdoor UK venues – including Ingliston, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
The Utilita-sponsored ‘Live From the Drive-In’ arena events tour in August was scheduled for a dozen UK sites including the Royal Highland Centre.
Shows featuring big name acts such as Kaiser Chiefs, Dizzee Rascal, The Streets and Gary Numan were booked into airfields and racecourses across the country, including Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Bristol.
Attendees would have watched the show from their vehicles, parked in allocated spaces, with the potential to sit in fold-out chairs, according to Live Nation’s Peter Taylor, “as a way to reimagine the live music experience during a time of social distancing.”
However, with the example of Leicester as a coronavirus “hotspot”, organisers decided cancel the entire series of shows amid fears that local cancellations could be forced on them at any time during the run.
Whitburn act The Snuts – who have already seen their Hampden Park show with Gerry Cinnamon postponed until next year – spoke of their disappointment at the news.
Saying they had put a “ridiculous amount” of their own money and time into preparing for the gigs, the quartet added that they were “heartbroken” to have their show pulled.
A statement from the band read: “This was a decision made entirely outwith The Snuts and our team.
“We have poured a ridiculous amount of our own money and time into preparation for these shows, trying to create something really special to bring us all together again.
“We are properly heartbroken to receive this news.
“The reality is that live music if the only source of income for artists, crew and all other workers essential in keeping the whole thing alive.
“We have waited patiently to return to the job we do that so many people rely on to put food on the table.”
A spokesperson for promoters Live Nation said: “We received huge support from artists, the live music production contractors, our headline sponsor Utilita along with our other partners, and of course you, the fans.
“However the latest developments regarding localised lockdowns mean it has become impossible for us to continue with the series with any confidence.
“We thank everyone for their support and eagerly await a time when we can watch live music together again.”
Anyone having purchased tickets will be refunded within the next seven days. See www.livenation.co.uk for more information.