Metallica's August drive-in concert: When and where to watch, tickets and all you need to know about the band's first gig of 2020

The band recently announced that they would be holding their first concert experience in nearly a year, as part of the successful Drive-In Nights series hosted by Encore Live

                            Metallica's August drive-in concert: When and where to watch, tickets and all you need to know about the band's first gig of 2020
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The seminal heavy metal icons Metallica recently unveiled a fresh surprise for their army of fans when they announced that they would be holding a drive-in concert later this month in August, making it their first recorded performance in nearly a year. This brand-new North American concert experience comes as part of the successful Drive-In Nights series hosted by Encore Live, an events company that had previously hosted a country music drive-in showcase that featured stars like Blake Shelton, his current partner Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins. Prior to that, Encore Live had also hosted a drive-in concert for the country music superstar Garth Brooks, and now they've got another big name to add to the list.


According to Walter Kinzie, the CEO of Encore Live, "In all of rock, it literally doesn’t get any bigger than Metallica. Over the course of their career, these guys have completely redefined rock, touring, and frankly what’s possible in terms of success in this industry. We’ve seen with our first two Encore Nights Drive-In concerts that fans absolutely dig the drive-in experience and we know that Metallica is going to blow the top off of this thing and take it to a whole new level." So here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Metallica concert in August, which will be adhering to local health and safety guidelines in our coronavirus-plagued era.

Musicians Robert Trujillo, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett, of Metallica, perform at The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Benefit at the Wiltern Theater on May 14, 2008 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

When is it?

Metallica will be holding their upcoming Encore Drive-In Nights: Metallica On Screens performance on August 29. As the band revealed, "The exclusive concert will adhere to guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as all state and local public health mandates. Encore Drive-In Nights has partnered with leading health experts to establish procedures for staff and fans."

Where can we watch it?

You can watch the new Metallica concert at hundreds of drive-in venues and theater locations across the United States and Canada. For a comprehensive list of concert locations, you can click here to see the updated list on Metallica's official website. 

How much are tickets and where can you buy them?

If you're a part of Metallica's official fan club, you're in luck, because you get first dibs on tickets. According to the band, "The Fifth Member pre-sale starts August 12th, 12:00 pm local time at" The band will then make the tickets available to the general public two days later, with prices starting at $115. The band's website announced: "The general on-sale will begin on August 14th, also at 12:00 pm local time. Every ticket purchase – which admits one carload of up to six people – will include four mp3 digital downloads the upcoming release of S&M2." So that's well worth the price of admission already!

James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of the band Metallica perform on stage during a concert in the Rock in Rio Festival on September 19, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Getty Images)


Who is behind this show?

Metallica and their vast production team will be putting this event together, in association with the events company Encore Live. According to the band's website, "We’ve been rehearsing at HQ for a show that will be shot specially for the drive-ins at a location nearby later this week and then we’ll pass it off to our award-winning production team to then be edited and mixed at the highest standards possible to be beamed into your cars from the big screen." The rock band Three Days Grace has also been roped in as the opening act for the show.


You can check out a trailer for the upcoming drive-in concert below: 



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