A drive-in music festival is coming to Orlando, and spaces are already sold out

A group of DJs led by Carnage will play the Central Florida Fairgrounds in June.
Carnage performs at Pier 94 on Dec. 27, 2014, in New York.
Carnage performs at Pier 94 on Dec. 27, 2014, in New York. [ Scott Roth/Invision/AP ]
Published May 18, 2020|Updated May 18, 2020

Florida is slowly reopening for business, and professional sports are right around the corner. So maybe it’s not surprising there’s already a music festival in the works, too.

A drive-in electronic dance music festival dubbed the Road Rave is coming to Orlando’s Central Florida Fairgrounds on June 6 — one of the first such events in the pandemic age. Headlining DJs include Carnage, Riot Ten, Nitti Gritti and Tampa’s own Blunts and Blondes.

It’ll work like this: Attendance is limited to 500 cars carrying from two to six people. Social distancing will be “heavily enforced with strict guidelines and restrictions on when attendees are allowed to safely leave their vehicle.” There will be food trucks and roaming golf cart vendors taking orders.

If you think this sounds kind of fun, you’re not alone. Car tickets, starting at $50 apiece, sold out in 24 hours late last week. (Passenger tickets, $40 and up, are still available.)

It won’t be the first drive-in concert in America, as Riot Ten is headlining one in Houston on May 29, and Carnage is hosting a similar event in Phoenix on May 30.

Still, it’ll be a surreal sign of our times seeing 500 cars logjammed in front of a proper festival main stage. Click here for details.

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