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Parking Lot Social drive-in festival set to arrive in Inverness as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased

By Ian Duncan

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Residents in Inverness are being invited to turn their engines off and party on when Scotland's biggest ever drive-in tour arrives in the city.

Dates have been announced for the Parking Lot Social and Inverness is one of the six Scottish cities named.

Glasgow-based events company XL Event Lab is hosting the events to give the public a much needed entertainment fix after months of lockdown.

The tour rolls into the city from September 9-13 with the exact location to be revealed in the coming weeks.

A spokeswoman said: "Each night in Inverness, 250 carloads will enjoy films, car-a-oke, bingo, silent disco, live bands, quizzes, comedy and food all done in a safe, socially distant way.

"For families with younger children, a social kids’ event will offer content adapted to a younger, family-oriented audience and an earlier start time.

"Attendees will take part in the interactive event from their own cars, parked in front of a vast custom-made performance set. This spectacular installation is a blend of art and technology with two 40ft screens, a 52ft fire hydrant and a brace of inflatable gorillas standing watch over a central stage.

"Audio will be 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."

As well as Inverness, which will be the final date of the tour, it will also visit, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen and Dundee.

The spokeswoman said: "Each night on the Scottish tour is shaping up to be amazing, with the most feel-good entertainment being lined up for everyone coming along, whether they like snuggling up to a good film, belting out the classics or showing off their quiz skills.

“It’s all being done safely and responsibly, so guests and staff can take part in this interactive drive-in festival without worry. We’re working closely with local authorities to make sure that what we’ve got planned is going to be allowed and within guidelines.

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