A concert with a drive-in concept was held in the Central Java capital of Semarang last night, making it the first of its kind in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taking place at the PRPP Jawa Tengah (Center for Recreation and Development Promotion), at least 250 cars reportedly attended the concert, titled Mahkota Drive-in Charity Concert. All members of the audience had their temperature checked, while their vehicles were sprayed with disinfectant by officers clad in personal protective equipment (PPE) upon the entrance.
The cars were placed in front of the stage according to their ticket categories and numbers. Throughout the concert, the audience enjoyed performances by pop rock band Jikustik and Semarang-based musicians Soulgroove, among others, from inside their cars. They could also hear the music through their car’s stereo, as the concert was broadcasted through a designated radio frequency.
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According to Indar Suryajana, the spokesperson from the concert’s promoter Mahkota Enterprise and Puma Production, proceeds from the concert will be donated to the crew members as well as those working in the arts and entertainment sectors, who have lost their livelihoods due to the pandemic.
The concert was reportedly awarded by the Semarang-based World Indonesia Achievement Institute (LEPRID) for breaking the record as the first drive-in concert in the country.
Jakarta may soon have its own drive-in concert. Earlier this month, promoters confirmed that a drive-in concert titled New Live! Experience will roll into town in the near future. Though the dates are not yet confirmed, the two-day concert will reportedly take place at JIExpo Kemayoran in Central Jakarta, with pop group Kahitna as one of the headliners.