Summer drive-in concert series announced for Welwyn Hatfield venue

PUBLISHED: 14:02 28 June 2020 | UPDATED: 14:24 28 June 2020

Live Nation has announced Utilita Live From The Drive-In will be taking place in Northaw this summer. Here is an impression of how the stage might look. Picture: Live Nation

Live Nation has announced Utilita Live From The Drive-In will be taking place in Northaw this summer. Here is an impression of how the stage might look. Picture: Live Nation

Live Nation

A new drive-in concert series will be taking place in Welwyn Hatfield this summer featuring a host of big name acts.

Live Nation has announced Utilita Live From The Drive-In will be taking place in Northaw this summer. Here is an CGI of how the stage might look at night. Picture: Live NationLive Nation has announced Utilita Live From The Drive-In will be taking place in Northaw this summer. Here is an CGI of how the stage might look at night. Picture: Live Nation

Colesdale Farm in Northaw has been announced as the ‘London’ venue for the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In.

Live Nation Entertainment has announced a series of live summer drive-in shows situated across 12 venues in the UK, including Colesdale Farm in the Hertfordshire countryside near Potters Bar.

The leading live entertainment company is reimagining the concert experience during a time of social distancing by allowing fans to enjoy gigs in a one-of-a-kind drive-in setting from their own private individual viewing zones next to their cars.

Designed to comply with all official guidelines, Utilita Live From The Drive-In will deliver the UK’s premier drive-in experience featuring a series of music concerts, theatre performances and family experiences this summer.

Singer Tony Hadley will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Thursday, August 6. Picture: Danny LooSinger Tony Hadley will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Thursday, August 6. Picture: Danny Loo

Shows planned for Northaw include gigs by acts as diverse as The Streets, Tom Grennan, Bjorn Again, Beverley Knight, Reef, Embrace, Jack Savoretti, Brand New Heavies, DJ Sigala, Dizzee Rascal, The Zutons, Gary Numan, classical crosssover artist Russell Watson, and KT Tunstall.

The groups and singers will perform live on stage backed by a full concert production that audiences can experience from the comfort of their designated area, with each vehicle appropriately distanced from the next.

Tickets for some shows have already gone on sale via LiveNation.co.uk.

Other gigs at the Northaw Road West site will go on general sale on Monday, June 29.

Dizzee Rascal will appear at Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm in Northaw on Saturday, August 22. Picture: Kevin Lines.Dizzee Rascal will appear at Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm in Northaw on Saturday, August 22. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Live Nation promoter Peter Taylor said: “We are excited to bring Utilita Live From The Drive-In to fans across the UK.

“This outdoor concert series was created as a way to reimagine the live music experience during a time of social distancing by allowing fans to enjoy concerts in the safest way possible.

“Each event will comply with all official Government guidelines in order to protect fans, artists, crews and staff.”

Former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley will kick off the season in Northaw on Thursday, August 6.

Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds at Cool Britannia Festival 2018 at Knebworth. The band will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm in Northaw on Tuesday, August 18. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSIan Broudie of The Lightning Seeds at Cool Britannia Festival 2018 at Knebworth. The band will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm in Northaw on Tuesday, August 18. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Taking place just a few miles from where Spandau were formed at Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar, expect to hear classic tunes such as Gold and True.

The final concert so far will be the newly announced gig by Scottish Suddenly I See singer-songwriter KT Tunstall on Monday, September 14.

In between those two concerts, music fans can enjoy everything from Boyzlife – the supergroup comprising of Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden from boybands Boyzone and Westlife – on Monday, August 10, to Dizzee Rascal, the grime star and rapper best known for number one hit Bonkers, on Saturday, August 22.

Mike Skinner also brings his chart-topping project The Streets to the county on Tuesday, August 11.

Gary Numan will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin RichardsGary Numan will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin Richards

Veteran new wave electronic-rock icon Gary Numan will no doubt perform number one hit Cars in the drive-in surroundings when he performs on Wednesday, September 2.

Cream Classical Ibiza will be bringing dance tunes from the White Isle to the Hertfordshire countryside on Friday, August 21, while two days later Bjorn Again will be belting out ABBA classics such as Dancing Queen, Super Trouper and Mamma Mia on the farmland situated on the B156 between Northaw and Cuffley.

If theatre concert shows are more your thing, you can enjoy Tina Turner tribute What’s Love Got To Do With It? on Friday, August 14 and Whitney – Queen of the Night on Saturday, September 5.

Indie-rock fans can see Gravity and All You Good Good People band Embrace, Place Your Hands rockers Reef, Valerie hitmakers The Zutons, and Ian Broudie’s The Lightning Seeds during the run of open-air concerts.

KT Tunstall appearing at Hatfield House. The Scottish singer-songwriter best known for hits Suddenly I See and Black Horse and the Cherry Tree will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Monday, September 14. Picture: Alan Davies.KT Tunstall appearing at Hatfield House. The Scottish singer-songwriter best known for hits Suddenly I See and Black Horse and the Cherry Tree will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Monday, September 14. Picture: Alan Davies.

The series is backed by energy company Utilita. Utilita Energy’s Jem Maidment said: “As we find new ways to navigate today’s world of social distancing, we believe the drive-in format is a thoughtful and fun way to safely bring Brits out of ‘entertainment lockdown’ this summer.”

Utilita Live From The Drive-In will have a capacity of approximately 300 cars per show, and boast concert quality sound from a live stage with a full state-of-the-art sound system, lighting rig and high definition LED screens.

This will create an arena or stadium concert feel in a safe drive-in setting, adhering to the Government’s current social distancing rules to protect fans, artists, crews and staff at all times.

Embrace will play Live Nation's new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace will play Live Nation's new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

ESSENTIAL INFO

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES?

Gigs and shows will take place at the Northaw Road West site in Northaw from August until September and in line with Government guidance.

Performance timings will vary across the day.

Live Nation is bringing Utilita Live From The Drive-In to NorthawLive Nation is bringing Utilita Live From The Drive-In to Northaw

There will be afternoon, early evening and late evening performances, depending on the artist and productions.

Some performances will run twice on the same day, such as Beverley Knight and Jack Savoretti.

Gates will open ahead of the performances in line with the pre-event information that ticket holders will be sent three to seven days prior to the show.

Utilita Live From The Drive-In will be taking place in Northaw this summer. Drive-in spectators will have their own designated area to watch the concerts from. Picture: Live NationUtilita Live From The Drive-In will be taking place in Northaw this summer. Drive-in spectators will have their own designated area to watch the concerts from. Picture: Live Nation

FULL CONCERT LISTINGS

Here is the list of gigs and shows set to take place at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, as part of the London dates of the Utilita Live From The Drive-In series.

• Thursday, August 6 – 6.30pm

Tony Hadley

Live Nation is bringing Utilita Live From The Drive-In to Northaw. Here's a computer generated impression of how the entrance to the drive-in concerts might look. Picture: Live NationLive Nation is bringing Utilita Live From The Drive-In to Northaw. Here's a computer generated impression of how the entrance to the drive-in concerts might look. Picture: Live Nation

• Friday, August 7 – 2pm

Brainiac Live

• Saturday, August 8 – 6.30pm

Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason

Dizzee Rascal will appear at Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm in Northaw on Saturday, August 22. Picture: Kevin Lines.Dizzee Rascal will appear at Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm in Northaw on Saturday, August 22. Picture: Kevin Lines.

• Saturday, August 8 – 9pm

The Snuts

• Sunday, August 9 – 9pm

Sigala

Dizzee Rascal performing on stage at Knebworth House. He will appear at Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm in Northaw on Saturday, August 22. Picture: Kevin Lines.Dizzee Rascal performing on stage at Knebworth House. He will appear at Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm in Northaw on Saturday, August 22. Picture: Kevin Lines.

• Monday, August 10 – 6.30pm

Boyzlife

• Tuesday, August 11 – 9pm

The Streets

Gary Numan at Standon Calling Festival 2017. He will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin RichardsGary Numan at Standon Calling Festival 2017. He will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin Richards

• Friday, August 14 – 6.30pm

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

• Friday, August 14 – 9pm

Tom Grennan

Cars singer Gary Numan will appear at Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin RichardsCars singer Gary Numan will appear at Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin Richards

• Saturday, August 15 – 9pm

Reggae Roast VS Gentleman’s Dub Club Sound System

• Tuesday, August 18 – 9pm

Lightning Seeds

KT Tunstall will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Monday, September 14. Picture: Alan Davies.KT Tunstall will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Monday, September 14. Picture: Alan Davies.

• Wednesday, August 19 – 6.30pm

Russell Watson

• Wednesday, August 19 – 9pm

M Huncho

Embrace backstage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Embrace will play Live Nation's new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace backstage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Embrace will play Live Nation's new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

• Thursday, August 20 – 6.30pm

Beverley Knight

• Thursday, August 20 – 9pm

Beverley Knight

Singer Tony Hadley will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Thursday, August 6. Picture: Danny LooSinger Tony Hadley will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Thursday, August 6. Picture: Danny Loo

• Friday, August 21 – 6.30pm

Cream Classical Ibiza

• Saturday, August 22 – 9pm

Dizzee Rascal

Former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Thursday, August 6. Picture: Danny LooFormer Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Thursday, August 6. Picture: Danny Loo

• Sunday, August 23 – 6.30pm

Bjorn Again

• Sunday, August 23 – 9pm

The Brand New Heavies

The Lightning Seeds backstage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. The band will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, this summer. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSThe Lightning Seeds backstage at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. The band will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, this summer. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

• Tuesday, August 25 – 9pm

Embrace

• Saturday, August 29 – 9pm

Reef featuring Andy Taylor and Guests

Gary Numan at Standon Calling Festival 2017. He will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin RichardsGary Numan at Standon Calling Festival 2017. He will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin Richards

• Monday, August 31 – 9pm

Majestic Presents Limitless

• Wednesday, September 2 – 6.30pm

Gary Numan

Gary Numan will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin RichardsGary Numan will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin Richards

• Saturday, September 5 – 6.30pm

Whitney - Queen Of The Night

• Saturday, September 5 – 9pm

The Zutons

Gary Numan at Standon Calling Festival 2017. He will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin RichardsGary Numan at Standon Calling Festival 2017. He will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Wednesday, September 2. Picture: Kevin Richards

• Sunday, September 13 – 6.30pm

Jack Savoretti

• Sunday, September 13 – 9pm

Jack Savoretti

Tony Hadley will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Thursday, August 6. Picture: Danny LooTony Hadley will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Thursday, August 6. Picture: Danny Loo

• Monday, September 14 – 9pm

KT Tunstall.

All gigs subject to licence, and the line-up is subject to change.

Tony Hadley on stage at the Meraki Festival in St Albans. The former Spandau Ballet frontman will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Thursday, August 6. Picture: Danny LooTony Hadley on stage at the Meraki Festival in St Albans. The former Spandau Ballet frontman will play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Thursday, August 6. Picture: Danny Loo

HOW DO I PURCHASE TICKETS FOR UTILITA LIVE FROM THE DRIVE-IN?

Tickets will only be available online from official outlets via www.livenation.co.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

All tickets must be purchased in advance.

You can purchase a ticket for two to seven people per car.

The Lightning Seeds will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSThe Lightning Seeds will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Cars or vehicles with more than seven people will not be allowed into the event.

All cars arriving for the performances will have their tickets scanned and the number of passengers in the vehicle checked.

For more information, visit livenation.co.uk/utilitalivefromthedrivein

The Lightning Seeds will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSThe Lightning Seeds will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Lightning Seeds will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 18. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSThe Lightning Seeds will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 18. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

The Lightning Seeds at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. They will now play  Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, this summer. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSThe Lightning Seeds at Cool Britannia Festival 2018. They will now play Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, this summer. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Dizzee Rascal will appear at Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm in Northaw on Saturday, August 22. Picture: Kevin Lines.Dizzee Rascal will appear at Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm in Northaw on Saturday, August 22. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Frontman Danny McNamara of Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018 at Knebworth. Embrace will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSFrontman Danny McNamara of Embrace at Cool Britannia Festival 2018 at Knebworth. Embrace will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Embrace will play Live Nation's new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace will play Live Nation's new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Embrace backstage at Knebworth's Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Embrace will play Live Nation's new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace backstage at Knebworth's Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Embrace will play Live Nation's new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Embrace frontman Danny McNamara. Embrace will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace frontman Danny McNamara. Embrace will play the new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Embrace will play Live Nation's new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDSEmbrace will play Live Nation's new Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw, on Tuesday, August 25. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS


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