New art form emerges in Europe during coronavirus: Drive-in raves come to Germany, Denmark

The coronavirus pandemic may have created a new art form in Europe: the drive-in rave.

Amid quarantine and social distancing, musicians are playing to an audience in their cars.

April 30, 2020, Lower Saxony, Schuttorf: Guests park their cars during a car disco in the parking lot of the disco "Index". This large-capacity discotheque in Grafschaft Bentheim is offering a car disco for the second time. In 250 cars a total of 500 guests can participate. Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance via Getty Images)

April 30, 2020, Lower Saxony, Schuttorf: Guests park their cars during a car disco in the parking lot of the disco “Index”. This large-capacity discotheque in Grafschaft Bentheim is offering a car disco for the second time. In 250 cars a total of 500 guests can participate. Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance via Getty Images)

DJ Nitefield played one in Germany. Singer-songwriter Mads Langer did a similar concert in Denmark.

“I’ve played many concerts in my life, but this is really a first,” said Langer from the stage in the fringes of Aarhus. For his drive-in concert, 500 tickets sold out in minutes.

Danish singer and songwriter Mads Langer preforms at a sold-out drive-in concert at Tangkrogen in Aarhus, Denmark on April 24, 2020. (Photo by Mikkel Berg Pedersen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT (Photo by MIKKEL BERG PEDERSEN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Danish singer and songwriter Mads Langer preforms at a sold-out drive-in concert at Tangkrogen in Aarhus, Denmark on April 24, 2020. (Photo by Mikkel Berg Pedersen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT (Photo by MIKKEL BERG PEDERSEN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Nitefield said: “[We didn’t have any] personal interaction with the audience at all, [so] it was really challenging to call them in to action.”

He spun his pop in Schüttorf, a town in Lower Saxony near the Dutch border for 250 cars with a maximum of two people per vehicle.

He added: “Some people from the ‘crowd’ started to push their horns which gave us great feedback and from that point we knew how to communicate with them and we could turn this event into something really personal.”

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 3.6 million people and killed over a quarter-million, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, which experts agree understates the dimensions of the pandemic because of limited testing, differences in counting the dead and concealment by some governments.

Danish singer and songwriter Mads Langer preforms at a sold-out drive-in concert at Tangkrogen in Aarhus, Denmark on April 24, 2020. (Photo by Mikkel Berg Pedersen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT (Photo by MIKKEL BERG PEDERSEN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Danish singer and songwriter Mads Langer preforms at a sold-out drive-in concert at Tangkrogen in Aarhus, Denmark on April 24, 2020. (Photo by Mikkel Berg Pedersen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT (Photo by MIKKEL BERG PEDERSEN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

The artists are just happy to keep their fans happy and entertained.

“The DJs and the club team are really proud to give something back during the quarantine,” Nitefield said.

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