Look out Newcastle, here comes the country’s most entertaining drive-in
With a spectacular, multicoloured inflatable set, enormous screens and shows for all ages, drive-ins don’t come more entertaining than The Parking Lot Social. It’s big, bold and brash and the perfect antidote to months of Covid gloom. After a string of sell-out events in Scotland, the tour rolls in to Newcastle’s Kingston Park Stadium this month for five straightdays of high octane thrills.
Running from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th September, the event is organised by thecompany behind the world’s biggest bouncy castle. It’s drive in entertainment like you’venever seen it before with classic films, stand-up comedy, massive interactive party shows and food.
Kicking off the Newcastle dates on Wednesday September 16th is the Parking LOL Comedy Night, featuring the very best stand-up talent. Promising an evening of laughs, Sunderland born comedian Matt Reed hosts the event, joined by Newcastle’s own Lauren Pattison,runner up for Ireland’s Comedian of the Year, Ryan Cullen, and Scottish headliner Fern Brady.
Movie lovers can take their pick of Joker (Thursday September 17th) and Grease (Sunday 20th September) or midnight showings of Scream (Friday September 18th) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Saturday September 19th).
The Big Weekender on the Friday and Saturday is your chance to really let loose. Each night features the Car-a-oke mass singalong with live music, awesome DJ battles with festival favourite Silent Disco, Party Bingo with prizes and plenty of twists and interactive quizzeswhere you compete with the entire crowd. It’s so much fun there’s a Social Kids versionfor families on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with the likes of The Big Family Quiz, Boy v Girl and Parent v Kid Silent Disco.
Parking Lot Social-ites take part in the fun from their own cars (250 carloads a show), parked in front of a vast custom-made performance set featuring two 40ft screens. Audio is Broadcast from the stage straight to your car, the shows give everyone the chance to get out the house and come together, while still keeping that safe distance apart.
transmitted directly from the stage to custom-made wireless headphones and through a dedicated FM radio channel for listening via the car stereo.
Keeping guests and staff safe, the whole event is designed with social distancing at its heart from entering the site, getting food delivered and taking a trip to the loo.
Josh Kinnersley, Chief Operating Officer at XL Event Lab which is staging the events, said:“Scotland was an absolute blast with so many events selling out we had to add on extradays in every city we played and we can’t wait to bring the party to Newcastle.
“Our line-up is packed with the most feel-good entertainment tailored to a drive-in, andthere’s really something for everyone. Whether you like snuggling up with a good film, belting out the pop classics or showing off your trivia skills, there’s an event for you.
It’s all being done safely and responsibly, so guests can take part in our drive-in eventswithout worry. We’re working closely with local authorities to make sure that everything is within the guidelines, with the safety of our guests and staff our number one priority.
Over the years we’ve given over a million people around the world extraordinaryexperiences and we’re ready to give Newcastle a (parking) lot more.”
XL Event Lab has been staging large scale outdoor events around the world for the last 13 years and has welcomed over a million guests to their parties during that time. This summer, as well as touring the UK, The Parking Lot Social will also be taking place in 11 American cities and five in Australia.
Tickets for the Newcastle events start from £31.75 (per car) and are available to purchase now at theparkinglotsocial.co.uk.
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