Your Guide to Pandemic Proof Concerts

Did COVID-19 kill concerts? Yes and no. 

While the majority of 2020’s live shows have been cancelled or postponed there are a handful of options for socially distanced live music. Livestreams hosted by venues, publications and existing/emerging livestream host companies offer a digital experience. The replay factor of recorded livestream concerts generates more revenue and more entertainment to boot than a traditional show.

Perhaps the more surprising breakthrough are Drive-In concerts, traditional drive-in theatres are gaining more traction with the advent of car-based-concerts and fairgrounds venues are able to regain a portion of their summer festival losses as well. Seeing and hearing your favorite artists in person from the comfort of your car is a pretty major step-up from tinny phone speakers or at-home theatres. Riot Fest has even combined their drive in shows with horror film screenings and costume contests!

Here’s your comprehensive list of upcoming livestreams and drive in shows!


Oct 1: Enslaved Utgard Album release / Facebook / 2pm EDT

Oct 1: MGK Tickets to My Downfall playthrough / / 12pm EST

Oct 2: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus The Emergency EP release / / 10pm EST 

Oct 2: Corey Taylor Knotfest / from The Forum / 2pm PT *

Oct 8: MGK Hotel Diablo playthrough / / 12pm EST

Oct 8: Come Together Mental Health Festival / Relix YouTube / 8pm EST

Oct 9: Ad Infinitum / Napalm Records Youtube / 8pm CET *

Oct 10: Nonpoint Statement 20 yr anniversary show / 9pm EST

Oct 12: Touche Amore record release / Twitch /6pm PT

Oct 15: Boston Manor / Blackpool Tower / 9pm EDT

Oct 17: Obituary Slow We Rot / ESI Streaming Studio / 5pm EST

Oct 23: Sevendust Blood & Stone record release / / 9pm EST

Oct 24: Obituary Cause of Death / ESI Streaming Studio / 5pm EST

*Recurring series

Drive In Concerts:

Oct 8: Born of Osiris / Lashore Drive In, Chicago, IL / 7pm

Oct 9: Beartooth / Oshkosh, WI Menominee Nation Arena

Oct 10: GWAR / Diamond Drive In, Richmond, VA / 8:30pm EST

Oct 16: Third Eye Blind / Del Mar Fairgrounds / 8pm PST

Oct 17: Third Eye Blind / Arizona State Fairgrounds / 8:30 pm PST

Oct 17: Sublime with Rome / Rubidoux Drive In Theatre Riverside, CA / 7 and 10pm PST

Drive-In Tours:

Oct1-Nov1: Sully Erna and Aaron Lewis of Godsmack and Staind Acoustic “The American Drive In Tour” 

Riot Fest Halloween Special: Chicago Drive-In, Bridgeview, IL

Oct 30: New Found Glory (and Beetlejuice screening) /  5:30pm

Oct 31: Knuckle Puck and Hot Mulligan (and Exorcist screening) / 5:30pm

Weekly Livestreams: 

Mondays: Metallica . Facebook and YouTube

Wednesdays: Lacuna Coil . YouTube . 9am EST

Fridays: Machine Head .  Facebook . 3pm PST 

Sundays: The Rolling Stones . Youtube. 3pm EST

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