On the 12th and 13th December 2020 Rob and the band played two sell out Drive in Shows for Coventry Motofest in the heart of Coventry.
MotoFest Coventry and Jubilee Church Coventry put on a sell-out Christmas carols drive-in concert for music fans on Saturday & Sunday night. Over 100 vehicles attended the events at Millennium Place in the city centre to see musician Rob Halligan and his band play some festive favourites.
The event included a mixture of Rob Halligan originals, traditional festive hymns such as Come All Ye Faithful and pop songs such as Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody.
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Rob told Coventry Live: “It was so good to be part of a live music event after the year that we’ve had. It’s been nine months Since we went into the first lockdown and so this was a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
“I was wondering what it would be like, performing to an audience stuck in their cars, but the response, lights and horns was incredible, and you could see people were having a great time.
“I’m massively grateful to Motofest for sticking their neck out to put this on. So many people put a lot into this to make it happen – it means a lot to people to be doing this kind of thing.”
James Noble MotoFest founder and festival director said “we had to do something after the year we have all had. Tier 3 allows drive in events and so bringing a bit of Christmas joy to people was too good an opportunity to miss. Many people have asked us to make MotoFest Drive-in Carols an annual event; pandemic or not!
The event closed with a festive number written by the musician, it can be downloaded for free https://robhalligan.bandcamp.com/album/christmas-time
The main MotoFest festival welcomed 229,232 visitors over 2 days in 2019 and recent independent research by Coventry University showed the event provided an economic uplift of £10.4m to Coventry over the festival weekend. The festival will be back on the 4th-6th June 2021 as the first large event in Coventry’s year as city of culture.