From sunroofs and car hoods: Greeks shimmy and sing at drive-in concert

The drive-in concert held in Athens was first such event in Greece since it banned mass gatherings to contain the spread of the coronavirus.The 300-car positions in the concert stadium were raffled off from more than 7,000 applications in a lottery.
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| Updated on: 06 Jun 2020, 03:42 PM
File photo: People attend a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou, following a nationwide lockdown against the spread of the coronavirus disease, at the suburb of Glyfada, in Athens, Greece. (REUTERS)
File photo: People attend a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou, following a nationwide lockdown against the spread of the coronavirus disease, at the suburb of Glyfada, in Athens, Greece. (REUTERS)
File photo: People attend a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou, following a nationwide lockdown against the spread of the coronavirus disease, at the suburb of Glyfada, in Athens, Greece. (REUTERS)
File photo: People attend a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou, following a nationwide lockdown against the spread of the coronavirus disease, at the suburb of Glyfada, in Athens, Greece.

Hundreds of Greeks danced and sang from their cars at a drive-in music concert, the first such event since the country banned mass gatherings to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Emerging from sunroofs or sitting on the hood of vehicles parked at designated slots in a soccer stadium in the Athens seaside suburb of Glyfada on Tuesday night, spectators enjoyed a free performance by popular Greek singer Natasa Theodoridou.

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File photo: People emerge from sunroofs to sing during a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou.
File photo: People emerge from sunroofs to sing during a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou. (REUTERS)
File photo: People emerge from sunroofs to sing during a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou.
File photo: People emerge from sunroofs to sing during a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou. (REUTERS)

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"I have never done something like this before, it's a nice experience, a new experience," spectator Zoe Georgiou told Reuters before the concert.

The 300 car positions were raffled off from more than 7,000 applications in a lottery. The event was organised by the municipality of Glyfada and was aimed at bringing joy to residents after weeks in lockdown, the mayor said.

File photo: A security employee stands among cars during a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou.
File photo: A security employee stands among cars during a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou. (REUTERS)
File photo: A security employee stands among cars during a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou.
File photo: A security employee stands among cars during a drive-in concert of popular Greek singer Natassa Theodoridou. (REUTERS)

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"This is an example to all of us that nothing stops, we can do everything if we have patience and positive thoughts," said Theodoridou on stage.

Greece imposed the lockdown in March and started easing restrictions on May 4. Live concerts, popular during the summer season, are expected to resume from July 15.

First Published Date: 06 Jun 2020, 12:02 PM IST
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