Essentially, Milliarden is now a mobile live concert crew in a kitted-out van made to look like a grungy nightclub, with atmospheric lighting, posters, and plastic roses studded to the ceiling. Hartmann and Aue sit behind a sheet of plastic and play a set for the lucky fan, usually running about 25 minutes. After each show, the van is ventilated, disinfected, and reset for the next concert.
German fans can try to win these uber-exclusive tickets by following and interacting with the band on social media. Interestingly, this means that the coronavirus pandemic regulations have actually helped a few people see Milliarden who otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance, particularly Germans in more rural communities absent of the kind of rock venues that look like the van interior.
Prior to this, the band went to smaller towns and played mini-shows in front of people’s houses. Singer Ben Hartmann sees these as opportunities revealed in these challenging times: “A crisis like this one brings so many opportunities that you only recognize once you do stuff. You just have to do it.”