Easter drive-in coming to Manchester with Harry Potter, comedy and panto

Expect drive-in movies for all ages, a performance of The Wizard Of Oz, Car-a-oke, and entertainment from the stars of RuPaul's Drag Race UK

Following the success of their Winter Festival, Parking Lot Social will be returning to Manchester this Easter with a drive-in extravaganza.

2021’s tour brings with it a selection of familiar favourites alongside some amazing new additions,  including a screening of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban complete with costume competition and wizard themed quiz.

Brand new for this year is The Parking Lot Social Easter Panto.

Following the Christmas drive-in production of Cinderella last year, the traditional theatre production has had a seasonal makeover – with cast members putting on a special performance of The Wizard of Oz, uniquely tailored to the drive-in format.  

Sashaying onto the stage for 2021, the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will also be entertaining adults. 

Fans of the cult show can expect iconic performances from coveted cast members, including season one alumni Baga Chipz, Divina De Campo, Vinegar Strokes and Gothy Kendoll, with current season  two queens Ginny Lemon, Ellie Diamond and Tayce also confirmed.  

In addition to Harry Potter, a host of drive-in movies for all ages are also on offer, from The Greatest Showman to Deadpool, as well as the hugely popular Social Kids event.

Families can safely get together to enjoy the interactive showcase with an afternoon of quizzes, Car-a-oke, games and even a silent disco.

And for drive-in laughs, the  Parking LOL Comedy Night is once again back on the road, with comedians to be announced. 

Attendees will be entertained in their cars from a vast custom made stage, with shows broadcast across two 40ft screens.

Audio will be transmitted from the stage directly  to each vehicle through a dedicated FM radio channel. 

Safety is at the heart of the event and audiences take part in the immersive, interactive shows from their own cars.

It’s a completely contactless event, ensuring a safe and socially distant experience. 

Organisers set up strict cleaning and distancing rules for the most recent winter events and plans in  place for Easter will all be in accordance with local government guidelines.  

“As we know the arts, including drag performances and theatre productions, have been heavily impacted due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we’re proud to give these talented entertainers the  opportunity to perform to a live audience again,” said John Kinnersley from XL Event Lab, the company behind the event.

“Our debut summer and winter tours were a huge success last year, and we’re keen to keep up momentum and continue to deliver first class events which are not only enjoyable, but completely  COVID-19 friendly.

“Every detail of our drive-in tour – from entering the site to parking up and ordering food – has been designed with customer and staff safety front of mind, with ticket holders able to enjoy the experience with complete piece of mind.”

The Parking Lot Social’s Easter Festival drive-in extravaganza comes to Manchester AJ Bell Stadium on 16th, 17th and 18th April 2021. For tickets, live updates and information visit The Parking Lot Social website.


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