Then, the weekend of Oct. 23, Rival Entertainment is staging the “Big Night Out,” a three-day festival at Centennial Olympic Park — which remains closed to the public and is only opening for special events such as this — that will kick off with Moon Taxi and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.
Here is your full lineup of shows, along with details about the setup.
“Live From the Drive-In” sets up in Alpharetta
Each concert will accommodate about 500 cars, with each given a space for the vehicle and an adjoining space for room to hang out. Tickets are sold per car, with a max capacity of four people per vehicle. Unless otherwise noted, gates open at 6 p.m. with showtime at 8 p.m. Health and safety precautions — including hand sanitizer stations and a mask requirement when leaving your allotted space — will be enforced. Guests are allowed to bring chairs, food and drinks; a small menu of food items and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for ordering.
Visit livenation.com/drivein to purchase tickets (which will only be sold in advance).
Emily Saliers (left) and Amy Ray (right) released a new album this year, "Look Long." Photo: Jeremy Cowart
Oct. 16: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, sold out (livestream available for $19.95)
Oct. 17: Blackberry Smoke, $169-$189 (all prices are per car)
Oct. 18, 6 p.m. (gates at 4:30 p.m.): Music of Led Zeppelin with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Brent Havens), $100-$175
Oct. 22: Smith & Myers of Shinedown, $150-$225
Oct. 23: Indigo Girls, $399-$550
Oct 24: Yacht Rock Revue, $279-$400
Oct. 25, 6 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.): Music of David Bowie with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, $100-$175
Oct. 26: Old Crow Medicine Show, $150-$250
And at Centennial Olympic Park
The concept for the “Big Night Out” was inspired by a story and photos that many music fans viewed with a sigh of longing — pods erected for an outdoor show in Newcastle, England.
Josh Antenucci, senior partner at Rival Entertainment, said discussions started over the summer to hold an event with a similar setup in Atlanta, and the space afforded at Centennial Olympic Park — especially with only 2,500 tickets (i.e., 10% capacity) being sold for each night, Oct. 23-25 — proved ideal.
The pods will hold four or six people — no individual tickets will be available — and allow fans enough room to dance outside or within the pod. A six-foot walkway will also be stationed between each pod to provide further distance; guests are allowed to bring soft camping chairs and blankets.
Big Boi fronted the Dungeon Family Reunion Tour at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Big Boi will be joined by KP the Great and other friends for his Oct. 25 show. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com
“We are providing an outlet for live music, for people who need it to come and consume it in an open-air environment like they’ve loved it before,” said Antenucci. “This is not a substitute for what we used to know, but it is the very best and very safest way we have conjured up to deliver that live experience.”
Temperature checks, facemask requirements in public areas and touchpoint handwashing and sanitation stations will be part of each show. (Visit bignightoutatl.com for full safety guidelines.)
The “Big Night Out” will also offer a cashless environment with local food truck operators as well as in-pod drink delivery via the Noble app. (Menus will be available for advance ordering.)
The lineup, said Antenucci, was curated with a few criteria.
“We identified a pool of talent that was ready and excited to perform and we recognized that going to a live event isn’t everyone’s cup of tea right now, so we wanted to appeal to a wide base of people who really love music,” he said.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for 7 p.m. showtimes. Visit bignightoutatl.com to purchase tickets.
Oct. 23: Moon Taxi and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, $50-$100 (all prices are per person)
Oct. 24: Marcus King Trio and Futurebirds, $50-$100
Oct. 25: Big Boi and Friends featuring KP The Great, $50-$125