By Cassandra Yany
Stranger Things: The Drive Into Experience recently opened in downtown Los Angeles, giving fans the opportunity to enter the world of the hit Netflix series from the safety of their cars. Hidden on Alameda Street, the socially distant event transports you back to 1985 to attend the Hawkins High School Reunion.
The socially-distant experience begins as you pull into the illuminated parking lot of the Starcourt Mall and tune into the FM radio station where you can hear all of the audio for the event. The pre-show is hosted by Hawkins Middle School science teacher turned emcee, Mr. Clark. The event is immersive right from the start, with Mr. Clark engaging drivers and passengers in different activities such as trivia, a lip sync challenge and a best-dressed contest.
Eighties music blasts through car speakers as vehicles are directed by parking lot attendants disguised as Lynx employees from season three of the series. After guests have their tickets scanned, they are given a menu to order food and beverages directly to their car. Drivers and passengers can place their order online and will be helped by a server dressed as a Scoops Ahoy employee.
Every aspect of the event is themed, even with face masks being attributed to a “chemical leak” that had occurred in Hawkins. While you are waiting to get into the experience, you can watch Mr. Clark host the event from the stage, and you may even see Eleven or Max amongst the crowd. Mike, Lucas and Will weave through the cars on their bicycles and you might even get the chance to interact with them.
When it is your turn to enter the experience, you drive past the Starcourt Mall, and into a parking garage where the remainder of the event takes place. As you are entering, Chief Hopper and Murray can be heard over the radio discussing how they have to save Dustin who is stuck under the mall.
As you enter the experience, you are first greeted by Steve and Robin as Dustin tries to save them from the Russian soldiers who have infiltrated Hawkins and are stationed underneath Starcourt. In the process of doing this, Dustin accidentally released the demogorgon, who is chased through the cars until Steve is successfully able to trap it back into the Upside Down. The trio then enlists drivers and passengers to go and find the mindflayer.
The next scene brings guests into what looks like the Upside Down where cars are surrounded by eerie red lights and other-worldly sets. Screens depict the mindflayer leaving Will’s body at the end of season two and entering Billy’s during season 3. Soldiers then come around, searching throughout the cars and shining their flashlights into windows.
The third and final scene leads guests to the roof of the parking garage where the set is made up of a large stage and multiple screens. Billy emerges as the mindflayer from under the stage, and is joined by the other Hawkins residents who have also been “flayed.” Eleven then enters the scene and tries to fight the monster, as the audience is given a look at her past throughout the series.
After an intense battle where Eleven flies above the crowd, she is victorious in defeating the mindflayer and is embraced on stage by her friends, and greeted by her past self. As the characters exit the stage, the sound of a news station talking about the mysterious events at the mall plays through car speakers.
Just as you think the experience is over, Dustin and his long-distance girlfriend from science camp, Suzie recreate what is arguably one of the most iconic scenes from the series. From opposite ends of the stage, the couple sing the theme song from the 1894 film The NeverEnding Story, just as they do in the last episode of season 3, creating the perfect, feel-good ending to this one-of-a-kind experience.
As you exit the experience, guests are given the opportunity to purchase exclusive merchandise.
This event truly makes guests feel as if they have been placed in an episode of Stranger Things, caught up in the action of Hawkins and the Upside Down. It is the perfect way for super fans to come together safely as a community and feel that they are part of the beloved show.
The drive into experience is presented by Netflix and Fever with Secret Cinema. Prices for the event vary depending on which day and time customers are purchasing tickets for. Standard Access includes admission and access to the Hawkins Online Portal prior to the event where you can create your student profile. In addition to this, VIP Access includes a special welcome to the event, faster entry and a mystery box containing merchandise, snacks and beverages.
Guests remain in their car throughout the experience and masks are worn by employees at all times and by drivers and passengers when speaking to the staff. The event is currently scheduled to take place through Sunday, March 7.
Platinum-selling artist Trippie Redd releases a six-part collection of Spooky Sounds, available now all DSPs via 10K Projects/Caroline. A Halloween-themed companion to his highly anticipated album Pegasus, out 10/30, Spooky Sounds is Trippie’s final teaser for fans before the release of the record. The Spooky Sounds will be added onto Pegasus upon its release on 10/30. Earlier this week, Trippie made a guest appearance on Dixie D’Amelio’s The Early Late Show, the YouTube talk-show series from the young TikTok star, featuring a guest appearance from her sister, Charli D’Amelio.
To celebrate the release of Pegasus, Trippie will be hosting a series of socially distanced, drive-in movie screenings in Miami, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York City on the evening of the project’s release. Each location will be showing Candyman (1992), one of the artist’s favorite Halloween films, and there will be exclusive merch available for purchase. While release parties have been put on hold due to COVID-19, Trippie wanted to find a unique way to connect and celebrate with his fans for the drop of his long-awaited LP, Pegasus. “I really just miss seeing my fans,” Trippie said, “I figured these events would be a good way to celebrate Pegasus with them.”
Trippie will be stopping by the Miami screening to introduce the event and show his appreciate to his fans from a safe distance. The Miami screening will also feature a special double feature of Candyman (1992) followed by Jeepers Creepers (2001). See below for locations and times.
His first full-length project since his Billboard #1 album A Love Letter To You 4, Pegasus is an ambitious 26-track project, featuring previously released singles like “Excitement” with PARTYNEXTDOOR and “I Got You” with Busta Rhymes. The album also includes features from Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Future, Quavo and more.
LISTEN TO SPOOKY SOUNDS HERE
WATCH HIS INTERVIEW WITH DIXIE D’AMELIO HERE
PRE-ORDER PEGASUS HERE
PRE-ORDER PEGASUS (TARGET EXCLUSIVE CD) HERE
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR DRIVE-IN HERE
Location: Carflix Cinema
Date: October 30, 8:00 PM EST
Location: Archlight Drive-In
Date: October 30, 8:00 PM PST
Location: The Springs Cinema & Taphouse
Date: October 30, 8:00 PM EST
New York City
Location: Brooklyn Army Terminal
Date: October 30, 8:00 PM EST
DaBaby’s ticketed and interactive live-streamed concert is happening this Saturday, July 25th, on a new platform, Futurestream
The concert will be taking place in-person for drive-in concertgoers in Chicago. But, for DaBaby fans who don’t live in Chicago, admission to the virtual concert costs a mere $5.
Futurestream is a platform designed to create an interactive platform for virtual concerts, which is a must during these socially-distant times. On the platform, DaBaby will be selling exclusive merch for the event and will be able to interact with fans who pay to share messages with him.
June is all about graduations, but coronavirus restrictions have quashed most celebrations this year. Enter CBF Productions. The founders of crowd-pleasing favorites Boots & Brews Country Music Festival and the Winter Wine Walk have created a social distancing solution so that grads and their families can celebrate in style at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Scheduled for June 26 & June 27, “Congrats to Grads!” will feature Ventura native Kyle, the popular rapper, singer, and songwriter, kicking off of the Concerts In Your Car series of live entertainment events.
Kyle, who just released two new songs from his upcoming new album; “YES! (feat. Rich The Kid and K Camp)” and “What It Is,” skyrocketed up the charts with his chart-topping, 6x-platinum breakout hit “iSpy.” Rolling Stone magazine named Kyle as “one of the ten artists you need to know” and his now Gold-certified debut album Light of Mine was released in 2017. The following year, Kyle made his acting debut, starring in the Netflix hip-hop comedy The After Party.
“Even with social distancing, we wanted to give people a way to get out, celebrate and have some fun!” said Vincenzo Giammanco, owner of CBF Productions. “Our team got creative and decided to develop a new type of experience that will bring excitement to the summer of 2020 despite the pandemic. We plan on producing events offering a range of entertainment more announcements will follow soon.”
The events will offer room for 500 cars per show and are designed to comply with all official restrictions. The combination of an extra high stage
and five oversized screens will ensure a good viewing experience for everyone.
In addition to performances by Kyle, the 75-minute program will include a visual light show, multi-media entertainment and a video saluting the attending graduates. Sound will be distributed via FM radio. Tickets are sold in advance and online only and are priced starting at $49 per car with up to 5 people per vehicle. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Food Share, Ventura County’s largest food bank.
While no food is available for purchase at the concert, attendees will be provided with a comprehensive list of downtown Ventura restaurants that feature curbside pickup. With the fairgrounds just three blocks from the Ventura downtown district where many beloved local restaurants are located, the concert will provide a much-needed boost to local eateries.
The concert celebrating 2020 grads is just the tip of the iceberg for CBF Productions. The company is currently in negotiation with various cities throughout California to produce a series of live concerts throughout the summer. Other themes being considered are Comedy, Country Music, Top 40 and a show specifically for kids.
1/ST PREAKNESS AT HOME TO INCLUDE DRIVE-INFIELDFEST ON THE ROAD; THE NATION’S FIRST FULL-SCALE SAFE DRIVE-IN CONCERT FEATURING A LIVE DJ SET BY D-NICE PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER ZERO
Safe Drive-InFieldFest Exclusively Benefitting First Responders
As part of the first-of-its-kind 1/ST Preakness At Home event 1/ST LIVE announces Drive-InFieldFest presented by Budweiser Zero, a new alcohol free brew. Drive-InFieldFest is the nation’s first full-scale safe drive-in concert featuring a live performance DJ set by D-Nice exclusively for first responders, which will take place at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET. and will be livestreamed on YouTube via www.1stlivepresents.com.
InfieldFest, the full-day music festival tradition at the Preakness Stakes has featured some of the world’s top performers including Post Malone, Bruno Mars, Kygo, Maroon 5, Sam Hunt and The Chainsmokers and this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been reimagined as Drive-InFieldFest, marking the racing industry’s first full-scale safe and socially distant drive-in concert. Drive-InFieldFest will recognize 200 first responders who will remain in their cars as they enjoy the hour-long DJ set by iconic DJ D-Nice, the trailblazing DJ behind #ClubQuarantine. Budweiser Zero will provide the beverages and local South Florida eatery Drunken Dragon will provide the bites for the first responders as they enjoy the live show.
“The coronavirus pandemic has immediately changed the world of live entertainment as we know it,” said Jimmy Vargas, Managing Partner of 1/ST LIVE, the team executive producing the first-of-its-kind show. “It has also highlighted the power of music as a uniting force. No one has taken the lead in streaming live music during this pandemic more than D-Nice and we saw an opportunity to share his talent, creative spirit and authenticity with both first responders and fans while supporting the important work of first responders utilizing the grounds at Gulfstream Park since we were not able to be at Pimlico.”
Respecting all social distancing requirements, D-Nice’s set will transmit live via guests’ car radios and will also stream live on YouTube. Viewers of Drive-InFieldFest will be invited to donate to first responders via a link on YouTube.
The Preakness Stakes and InfieldFest, typically held on the third Saturday in May, were postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. A new date for Preakness 145 at Pimlico Race Course will be announced on NBC’s nationally televised broadcast, The Middle Jewel: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown, airing on May 16th at 5 p.m. ET.
Immediately following the NBC broadcast on May 16th, the 1/ST Preakness At Home livestream event will air on Facebook.com/Preakness featuring a look back at the fun, festivities and world-class Thoroughbred racing of Preakness past, hosted by NBC Sports’ Laffit Pincay III and XBTV’s Zoe Cadman at 6 p.m. ET. The one-hour livestream event will feature appearances by some of racing’s biggest stars including, Hall of Fame trainer and seven-time Preakness winner Bob Baffert and Triple Crown winning jockey Mike Smith along unique behind the scenes footage, never before seen content and a mashup of some of the best musical performances from previous InfieldFest concerts and a special performance by the Naval Academy Glee Club.
For more information please visit www.preakness.com. Follow all of the excitement of the Preakness Stakes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PreaknessStakes, #Preakness, #PreaknessAtHome.