Manchester Orchestra, Front Bottoms, + More to Play Socially Distant Concerts in CT
Socially distant concerts are the new normal in the music world, and an alternative artist is hosting one right in the tri-state region.
It's sad to think about all the concerts I was supposed to go to this year that have been canceled. The Tallest Man was supposed to be in May. Rage Against the Machine with Run the Jewels was scheduled for August. KALEO was on my calendar for September. I was hoping to sprinkle in Lady Gaga in August and The Killers in October. But none of that is happening because these tours have either been canceled or delayed.
In late spring/early summer, there were talks of socially distant concerts with fan pod seating. The first socially distant concert happened in Arkansas. There was actually a socially distant venue created in the U.K. that held a concert with spaced platform group seatings. Roughly half of industry professionals say that in-person concerts will return in 2021, but there is still so much uncertainty. So it seems as many artists are adapting to the new normal and performing anyway they can.
While virtual performances are still happening, alternative artists are starting to perform at socially distant and drive-in shows. One state over, in Connecticut, is holding multiple socially distant concerts outdoors. South Farms in Morris, CT, has a lineup of multiple alternative artist concerts for this month for the Twilight Concerts on the Farm series. Here are some of the upcoming shows:
Mt. Joy- Wednesday, October 7
Mike Birbiglia, Pete Davidson, and John Mulaney- Sunday, October 11
Manchester Orchestra (acoustic)- Friday, October 16
Manchester Orchestra (acoustic)- Saturday, October 17
The Front Bottoms- Friday, October 29
Tickets are being sold in "grids" for $150 per grid. The grids are limited to a two-person maximum. This is similar to the fan-pod seating idea. Guest grids are 8"x8" and will be windowed with socially distant grids that are 15"x8". Grids must be reserved online ahead of the show.
Masks will be required at all times except for when you are in your guest grid. For all of these shows, guests and staff will have to undergo a health screening. You are asked to bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and seating items as none will be provided. All events are rain or shine. You can get more information about venue protocols here.