As live concerts this summer continue to seem less and less likely, Beanstalk Music Festival has announced Beanstalk: At The Drive-In, a socially-distanced replacement for the scheduled festival, originally set to take place on June 25th–27th at Rancho Del Rio in Bond, CO. Beanstalk: At The Drive-In will take place that same weekend, June 26th–27th at the Holiday Twin Drive-In Theater in Fort Collins, CO.
The unique event will adhere to all State of Colorado and Larimer County social distancing protocols and will feature two nights of music from Beanstalk Festival founders and annual hosts Magic Beans. The lineup for Beanstalk: At The Drive-In will also include Kitchen Dwellers and Cycles as well as Colorado artists The Great Salmon Famine and Envy Alo. Current ticket holders will be granted admission for themselves, a guest and their vehicle with their 2020 Beanstalk pass. Tickets for the newly-pivoted drive-in event are available here.
Holiday Twin Drive-In Theater opened in Fort Collins in 1968 and has provided Colorado’s Front Range with unique entertainment for over 50 years, being named among “the 25 most charming drive-ins left in America” by Architectural Digest.
At the event, audio will be transmitted to attendees in their respective vehicles via short-range FM radio, while live performances will be seen on the theater’s two massive drive-in screens.
“We’re lucky to be independent promoters with great support when it comes to our patrons, so it’s all about them,” said Beanstalk Festival promoter and Magic Beans guitarist Scott Hachey. “We’re resourceful and agile enough as a team to pivot and still provide a music experience that we think may end up being just as fun, and certainly more unique; I think that’s our niche. People are itching to get out and have fun, but also want the reassurance that the right precautions are being taken. Well this is it, here we go!”
Beanstalk: At the Drive-In will have a limited capacity in order to adhere to the drive-in theater’s layout. In addition, Beanstalk Festival producers have proactively decided to park attendees with an empty spot between each vehicle. While this will cut down on both capacity and profits for the event, organizers see this as the right thing to do to ensure safe social distancing and offer reassurance that the event is operating under an abundance of caution and care for the safety of all.
Guests will be permitted to set up a “hang out area” directly adjacent to their vehicle that is safely distanced from other patrons. In adherence with typical drive-in admission policies, there will be no entry after 8:30pm in order to ensure that the safety & experience of all guests is the first priority. Festival and theater officials will be diligently ensuring adherence to all guidelines once on-site at the drive-in.
Beanstalk Festival promoters urge patrons to reach out with any questions, as well as inquiries about refunds for tickets purchased for the Rancho Del Rio location if they do not wish to attend Beanstalk: At the Drive-In.
Beanstalk Music Festival’s decision to convert to a drive-in-style event follows a new trend in the COVID-era music industry. Various European cities have already started hosting drive-in concerts with considerable success. American electronic producer Marc Rebillet recently announced the U.S.’s first drive-in tour, and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino divulged that the promotion giant is looking into the drive-in model for more events in the near future.
For more information on Beanstalk: At The Drive-In, head here.