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Hockey Dad — Alive at the Drive-In

The Windang surf-rockers are hosting a zombie apocalypse-themed drive-in concert to launch their new album 'Brain Candy'.
By Samantha Teague
June 10, 2020
By Samantha Teague
June 10, 2020

UPDATE: JULY 29, 2020 — Because of the recent onslaught of rain — not because of COVID–19 — Hockey Dad has had to postpone the drive-in shows it had scheduled for Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1. They are now set to go ahead on October 9 and 10. The band posted a video on Instagram apologising for the date change and showing just how muddy the Bulli Showground currently is. Refunds are available via Moshtix.cp-line

With live music venues closed and mass gatherings off the cards, gigs have been few and far between during COVID-19. But, they're slowly starting to make a comeback, with a few drive-in concerts and festivals creeping on to calendars over winter. Something else is creeping onto stage for NSW's next drive-in gig, too: zombies.

Windang surf-rockers Hockey Dad are taking over Bulli Showground (a 20-minute drive from Wollongong and 90 minutes from Sydney) for a zombie apocalypse-themed album launch. Held across two nights, Friday, July 31 (this is already sold out) and Saturday, August 1, Alive at the Drive-In will see the band performing their brand new album Brain Candy, which features already-released hits 'I Missed Out', 'Itch' and 'In This State'. They'll be supported on stage by Wollongong locals The Pinheads, too, and surf doco Rage 3 will also screen on the night.

It's your excuse to head out of town and head to a gig — and to have a unique experience while you're at it. Pre COVID-19, no one would've imagined that drive-in concerts and music festivals would be a thing. Now, they're part of our new reality.

It'll work a little like a drive-in cinema, with guests charged by the car ($209 a car, in fact) and audio blasted by FM radio. To comply with COVID-19 regulations, you'll only be allowed to leave your car to use the loo.

Tickets to the first night of the drive-in were snapped up faster than *insert zombie pun here*, so don't sit on the second release if you're keen to head along. Tickets include a ghoulish poster and a bag of merch, too.

Tickets for Hockey Dad – Alive at the Drive-In go on sale at 9am on Thursday, June 11.

Top image: Ian Laidlaw

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