Spokeswoman Heather Joy said: “Before the evening showing of Bohemian Rhapsody in the Loxwood Meadows on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1, Loxwood Drive-in Movies are excited to announce that Tim Staffell, formerly of the band Smile, is performing live and telling tales about his lifelong friendship with Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor.
“Performing the first song from the movie which he co-wrote with Brian May and recorded with him for the film, Tim will be singing vocals whilst accompanied by his acoustic guitar, before answering questions from the drive-in audience.
“Having gone to school with Brian May and formed the band Smile with him, he met Freddie Mercury at college. Tim’s insight into the film’s storyline will be revealing as he shares insights into Freddie Mercury’s life and could also let slip where artistic licence may have been used in the film’s storyline too!
“Cars will be parked at least two meters apart in numbered bays and sound will be channelled through each individual in-car stereo system. In addition, having chosen from a selection of meat or vegetarian burgers, hot dogs, chips, popcorn, sweets, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, a food delivery service will enable you to text your order from your vehicle, and a Chevrolette will deliver it straight to your car.
“And, with safety and visitor comfort always a key priority, the all-important toilet facilities will be set a minimum of two metres apart and comply with all social distancing and hygiene regulations, with hand sanitisers both inside and out and a distanced queuing system in place.
Tickets must be booked in advance.”
“Tickets for evening performances are £30 and include your vehicle with two people. “Additional persons in a vehicle are at £5 for the first additional person and £2.50 for each individual after. Gates open at 7:30pm to allow ample time to park and settle-in, in readiness for the start at 8.30pm.
“For the full film programme and to book tickets, please visit the Loxwood Drive-In Movies website at www.loxwooddriveinmovies.co.uk